How to Make a Halloween Chalkboard Treat Bucket

Create a Halloween treat bucket that can be decorated and customized each year to coordinate with a costume or theme. Kids will love this interactive trick-or-treat accessory that can be topped with a lid to safely store their stash.

Black Chalkboard Painted Can for Halloween Trick or Treating

Paint Can Turned Treat Bucket

Go trick or treating with a repurposed paint can instead of typical Halloween bags. Write the name of the child's character on the paint bucket with chalk.

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Materials Needed:

  • new, clean paint bucket
  • spray primer
  • chalkboard spray paint
  • painter's tape
  • chalk

Clean and Tape Bucket

Wash new paint can with mild soap and water. Dry with towel. Use painter's tape to protect top and bottom edges as well as the handle and lid.

Metal Can With Painter's Tape

Clean and Tape Halloween Treat Bucket

Wash new paint can with mild soap and water. Dry with towel. Use painter's tape to protect top and bottom edges as well as the handle and lid.

Spray Primer

In a well-ventilated area, apply one coat of spray primer to can. Tip: When using spray paint, move paint can in long, even strokes. Apply paint in a thin layer to prevent drips.

Spray Painting Metal Can

Spray Painting Primer on Treat Bucket

In a well-ventilated area, apply one coat of spray primer to can. Tip: When using spray paint, move paint can in long, even strokes. Apply paint in a thin layer to prevent drips.

Spray Chalkboard Paint

In the same manner as primer, apply two coats of spray chalkboard paint. Allow it to fully dry before removing tape slowly to prevent paint from pulling away.

Chalkboard Paint on Metal Can With Green Tape

Decorating Your Treat Bucket

In the same manner as primer, apply two coats of spray chalkboard paint. Allow it to fully dry before removing tape slowly to prevent paint from pulling away.

Season Chalkboard

Rub flat side of a piece of chalk along chalkboard surface to season it. This simple but necessary step will prevent writing from being burned into the surface. Remove chalk with damp paper towel.

White Chalk on Black Painted Can

Halloween Treat Bucket Decorations

Rub flat side of a piece of chalk along chalkboard surface to season it. This simple but necessary step will prevent writing from being burned into the surface. Remove chalk with damp paper towel.

Decorate Bucket

Use chalk to decorate paint can to coordinate with child's costume or theme. Remove lid while trick-or-treating and use the lidded bucket afterward to store Halloween treats or for organizing small toys.

Adding the Letters to Black Chalkboard Paint Can

Customizing Your Halloween Treat Bucket

Use chalk to decorate paint can to coordinate with child's costume or theme. Remove lid while trick-or-treating and use the lidded bucket afterward to store Halloween treats or for organizing small toys.

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