DIY Trick-or-Treat Buckets

The cutest DIY trick-or-treat buckets that you can make in no time!  

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When I was thinking about how I could jazz up my girls’ trick-or-treat buckets, (I’m always looking for a good reason to use ribbon), when I stumbled across some empty ice cream buckets. It was meant to be! They are sturdy, have great handles, and are the perfect size for all those Halloween treats! I knew they would be adorable, and perfect for little hands to hold onto. 

I also love anything personalized, and I know my kids love it too. Seeing your name is always fun! Best of all, they really are super easy and fun to make—they come together quickly too! I have a lot of craft supplies, so I used what I had, and you can do the same if you need to improvise to use what you already have on hand.  


  • empty ice cream bucket, with a handle
  • felt (I used 2 of the felt squares you can buy at Michael’s, etc. for each bucket)
  • hot glue gun
  • ribbon, about 5-6 yards per bucket
  • foam stamps
  • craft paint


1. Using the hot glue gun, apply the felt to the bucket. Trim where necessary.

2. Add ribbon to the top and bottom of the bucket, covering up the felt edges, and the top rim.

3. Tie ribbons along the handle.

4. Stamp desired name on the front using foam stamps. (Mine are the Philadephia font)

There you have it–the most adorable DIY trick-or-treat buckets ever! My girls absolutely love them. 

P.S. If you have a boy or a girl that doesn’t love all the tied ribbon on the handle, you can always just use a hot glue fun to adhere a piece of ribbon (something textured and thick, like a grosgrain) flat onto the handle to cover it up.  

Other fabulous ideas for ice cream buckets?

  • Valentine’s Day bucket/mail box
  • Easter basket
  • organizing toys, art supplies, etc.

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  1. Oh man, I just threw away an ice cream bucket! I suppose I could recycle an old Easter one?? These are too cute. I'm visiting from Crap I've Made. Thanks for the tutorial!

  2. So cute! I will be linking your tutorial to my blog tomorrow! Love your blog!

  3. I didn't know you had this cute blog–love those buckets. (I would definitely eat more ice cream to make one ; )

    I'm putting this blog in my reader so I know when you post.

  4. Another use for ice cream buckets to store frozen blueberries and raspberries in…this way you can just scoop out what you need!!! Love the buckets!!!

  5. Alissa, yes, although one of them is a little bigger than that. They both used about the same amount of materials though.

  6. Just found your blog through crapivemade and I'm IN LOVE with these projects! Thanks for your blog!! SO excited to look through al of these fun projects!

  7. I also found your blog from crapivemade and LOVE this tutorial. I have thinking about what kind of trick or treat bag my little one would carry this year. Plus I have an excuse to eat ice cream!

  8. I came over from crapivemade and WOWZA! I have a TON of these buckets that I use for storage for the kids crayons, army men, blocks, etc.

    Instead of putting a name on them – I could label them for the toys…now to decide what colors (I think I will do it to match their rooms!)

  9. I just featured you on my site –

    LoVe It!!!!

  10. OH MY! What a great idea! My hubby just recently just bought a huge tub of ice cream last weekend and I got on to him for buying so much, but now I'm excited b/c I can try out this craft!! LOL Thanks for posting!

  11. Me too… me too! I ditto what everyone else said, and jumped right on my chance to try this out. Come take a look and see what you think! :)

    Thanks for sharing such a sweet idea!

  12. What a cute idea! I love it! I'm always looking for cute ideas of things to make! You are so creative I love it!

  13. I just found you on U Create. What a neat idea. :) I'm adding you to my blogroll. Come check it out!

  14. I've actually got a few of these buckets! I didn't really want my husband to buy a big bucket of ice-cream, but now I'm glad he did! Hahaha! Thanks for idea!

  15. Love your blog! I just posted my version of the treat buckets on my blog! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  16. I found you via Char over at Crap I've Made. I love these buckets!! I decided to give it a try. Check it out and let me know what you think!!

  17. Super cute!!! I am going to have to share this great idea with some of my peeps!!!

  18. I love this bucket! I'm going to feature it if that's okay in a few weeks on my baby blog.

    kathryn (baby blog) (craft blog)

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