DIY Halloween Candy Dispenser Tutorial

Wow. Thank you for voting in our weekly challenges. Each week I am dying to learn which project you will select to be showcased on the site. The results continue to be spectacular. I am so proud of the contestants.

Today Areian, from One Krieger Chick, is sharing her winning DIY Halloween candy dispenser tutorial. This is Ariean’s second feature.

One Krieger Chick QuoteA strong contender in this season’s competition, Ariean won our upcycle challenge earlier this season with her amazing bathtub to sofa project.

Bathtub to Sofa TutorialIf you missed it, be sure to head over and check it out. It’s one of my favorite SYTYC contestant projects yet.

And now, on with the fun…

DIY Halloween Candy Dispenser

Hello So You Think You’re Crafty Readers! I am so excited to share how I created Halloween Candy Dispensers for the Fall Crafts For Kids Challenge.

DIY Halloween candy dispenserSupplies: 

  • Postal mailing tubes
  • Round ball ornaments
  • Embellishments: festive scrapbook paper, washi tape, ribbon, etc.
  • Adhesives: glue gun and a liquid adhesive or glue stick
  • A good child-size helper
  • A little patience

Let’s get started…

First, decide what topper you would like to create…a pumpkin, ghost, Frankenstein, bat, witch, etc. My son chose a witch, bat and jack-o-lantern. I prepped all supplies and had them ready to go when my son and I started crafting…There is a bit of drying time if you create these exactly the way I did. I’ll share a few shortcuts to save you some of these extra steps!

Prep work

  • I cut the mailing tube(s) to a desired length using a serrated knife {because it was handy.}
  • I recommend purchasing/using colored Ball ornaments in the colors you desire, but I could not find the correct colors or sizes. If you have the same problem or want to use what you already have on hand, paint Christmas ornaments with a coat of spray primer followed with a coat or two of your color of choice. (I used spray paint for the witch and black and orange acrylic paint from Poppy Seed Projects for the bat and jack-o-lantern.)
  • You could have all the paper cut and embellishments ready too. I find it helpful so my boys don’t burn out on the project too quickly.


  • Measure and cut the paper to fit all the way around the mailing tube.
  • Embellish as desired. My boys love washi tape and this project was no exception!
  • Cut the paper below the ornament in a fringe and adhere to the inside of the tube using a glue gun.

Candy dispensers {2}

Halloween Candy Dispensers {3}Once that was dry, it was time to add personality! This is what we did, but the fun of this project is that you can personalize these however you like!

Witch: Paper stars for eyes, hole punched dot for wart, folded piece of paper for nose, paper smile for mouth. Hat is a piece of paper rolled to resemble a hat with an orange pom-pom glued to the top.
Halloween Candy Dispenser {4}Bat: Eyes cut from white cardstock with a hole punched circle. glitter paint squiggle for a mouth, wings cut from black cardstock and hot glued in place.
Halloween Candy Dispenser {5}Jack-o-lantern: Facial shapes cut from black cardstock, stem a cone twisted out of black cardstock and hot glued in place with a piece of ribbon as the vine.
Halloween Candy Dispenser {6}Fill with candy for an extra special treat!DIY Halloween candy dispenserMake them to keep at home or to share with friends. Either way, they are so stinkin’ cute…and FUN to make!

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