DIY Potions Book Candy Bowl

Something's brewing — luckily it's something sweet. Make this spellbinding Halloween candy bowl from a stack of book boxes.

Magic, Spells and Potions Book Candy Bowl

Magic, Spells and Potions Book Candy Bowl

This craft project uses decorative book boxes from the craft store and transforms them into a witchy candy bowl for Halloween.

From: HGTV Handmade

Photo by: Karen Kavett

Karen Kavett

Materials + Supplies

  • 3 large book boxes
  • masking tape
  • pencil
  • craft knife
  • black paint
  • silver paint
  • paintbrush
  • black craft foam
  • letter stickers
  • tacky glue
  • hot glue
  • dowels (optional)

Stack and Mark

Stack three large book boxes on top of each other, using masking tape to temporarily hold them in place. Mark where they overlap. Flip the stack over and mark where they overlap on the bottom of the books.

Cut

Use the lines you marked as a guide to draw, and then cut out a hole in the middle of the book, leaving a 1-inch border around the edge of the book boxes so you can glue the stack back together later. Cut out the top of the bottom book, the bottom and top of the middle book, and the bottom of the top book. When you stack them on top of each other, they should form one large container.

Paint

Paint the books black or any color of your choice. We painted two of ours black and one silver.

Embellish

Trace letter stickers and other shapes onto craft foam. Cut them out to create decorations for the book spines and the front of the top book.

Glue

Glue the embellishments onto the books with tacky glue.

Paint

When the glue is dry, paint the letters silver on the silver book.

Age

Lightly brush on black paint to give the letters an aged effect. Repeat with silver paint on the black books.

Reassemble, Glue and Fill

Use hot glue to glue the stack of books together. Touch up with more paint if needed. Fill with Halloween candy.

Add Dowels

Optionally, paint two dowels black and use them to prop the candy bowl open.

Next Up

DIY Paper Christmas Tree Forest Advent Calendar

Count down the days until Christmas with this festive, budget-friendly Advent calendar centerpiece.

Make Festive Tomato Cage Yard Gnomes for Christmas

Add whimsy and cheer to your holiday decor by creating no-sew, larger-than-life gnomes out of tomato cages.

5 DIY Graduation Money Gifts

Gift money to your favorite grad with one of our fun and clever DIYs. Because who doesn't love money, right?

3 Ways to Decorate a Plain Canvas Stocking

Embellish a plain canvas stocking from the craft store with one of these modern, Scandinavian-inspired designs.

3 Bulk Gifts You Can Make in a Clear Ornament

Check off everyone on your list with these double-duty Christmas tree ornament gifts.

Easy, Budget-Friendly Ping-Pong Ball Holiday Ornaments

Turn ordinary Ping-Pong balls into festive ornaments and garland for your Christmas tree.

3 DIY Scandinavian-Style Ornaments

Bring Scandinavian simplicity to your Christmas tree this year with these three easy-to-make DIY ornaments.

You Can Make These Chic, Modern Outdoor Christmas Trees With Plywood and Paint

Skip the pricey storebought stuff and make your own Scandinavian-inspired holiday decor.

Sinister + Sweet DIY Terra-Cotta Candy Bowls

These Halloween candy bowls are a serious upgrade to the classic plastic pumpkin bucket.

DIY Halloween Decor: Make Clever Crafts With Stencils

Use our printable stencils to create Halloween tablecloths and art!
More from:

HGTV Handmade

Go Shopping

Refresh your home with stylish products handpicked by HGTV editors.

On TV

Island Life

6:30am | 5:30c

Mexico Life

7am | 6c

Mexico Life

7:30am | 6:30c

Flip or Flop Vegas

8:30am | 7:30c

Flip or Flop Vegas

9:30am | 8:30c

Flip or Flop Vegas

10:30am | 9:30c

Flip or Flop Vegas

11:30am | 10:30c

House Hunters

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Flip or Flop

8pm | 7c

Flip or Flop

8:30pm | 7:30c
11pm | 10c
11:30pm | 10:30c

Christina on the Coast

12:30am | 11:30c
2am | 1c
2:30am | 1:30c

Flip or Flop

3:30am | 2:30c

Flip or Flop

4:30am | 3:30c

Flip or Flop

5:30am | 4:30c

Island Life

6am | 5c

Watch Live TV

Don't miss your favorite shows.

Live Stream HGTV Now

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.