Wow Trick-or-Treaters With a DIY Black Cat Candy Hanger

Turn a faux pumpkin into a black cat-themed candy holder the neighborhood trick-or-treaters will be excited to try out.

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Transform the traditional pumpkin candy bowl on your porch into a decorative and creative statement piece. The black cat candy door hanger is easy to make, unique, and something the neighborhood kids will be so excited to try out.

Black Cat Candy Hanger

Transform the traditional pumpkin candy bowl on your porch into a decorative and creative statement piece. The black cat candy door hanger is easy to make, unique, and something the neighborhood kids will be so excited to try out.

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Materials Needed

  • 24" x 36" black frame
  • 24" x 36" orange foam core
  • solid bottom carvable pumpkin
  • pumpkin-carving knife
  • staple gun and staples
  • (1) can of black spray paint
  • (1) container of gold acrylic paint
  • gold glitter
  • hot glue gun
  • (3) black pipe cleaners
  • (1) sheet of gold sticker letters
  • (1) pack of 12 black card stock gift tags
  • decorative craft string
  • (1) roll of washi tape (preferred color)
  • small craft paint brush

Attach Foam to Frame

Flip the frame over so the backside is facing up and place the orange foam core into the frame. Staple the foam core to the frame to secure it.

Flip the preferred frame over so the backside is facing up and place the orange foam core into the frame. Staple the foam core to the frame.

Step 1: Attach Foam Board to Frame

Flip the preferred frame over so the backside is facing up and place the orange foam core into the frame. Staple the foam core to the frame.

Photo by: Pop Fizz

Pop Fizz

Cut the Pumpkin

Using a pumpkin-carving knife, cut the faux pumpkin in half. Set aside one half of the pumpkin and place the other half flat on the table (Image 2). Cut out an opening for the mouth of the black cat. Remove the cut out and make sure the opening is large enough for a child’s hand (Image 3). 

Paint + Glitter

Spray paint the carved pumpkin half and let it dry (Image 1). Use the gold acrylic paint to make the eyes (Image 2). While the paint is still wet sprinkle gold glitter over the eyes (Image 3). 

Add Details to the Pumpkin

Cut the pipe cleaners to size for the cat's whiskers. Line up the pipe cleaners and hot glue them to the front of the pumpkin, pressing firmly until dry. (Image 1). Cut two 2" x 2" ears out of the foam sheet (Image 2). Trim off any extra before gluing them to the pumpkin. Hot glue the ears to the top of the pumpkin (Image 3).  

Attach the Frame Details

Flip the frame back over; use gold sticker letters and card stock tags to make a mini banner (Image 1). Pick a fun washi tape to attach your mini banners to your board and cut off excess string (Image 2).

Attach Finished Pumpkin to Frame

With the banner in place, attach the completed black cat pumpkin to the frame with hot glue (Image 1). Fill with treats and wow your neighbors with the best candy holder on the block (Image 2).

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