Make Your Own Personalized BOO Candy Bucket!

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I have seriously been smiling since the day my daughter told me that Halloween is her favorite holiday.

Now to be fair, she has also said the same thing about St. Patrick’s Day AND Valentine’s Day at points in her life, so I’m certain she caught the Halloween spirit the way it has caught us all. In the heart. What’s to love about holidays? For us, it’s about the connections and the kindness. I also love a little element of surprise. Halloween is pretty epic around here. We always go crazy with costumes, parades, parties, and trick-or-treating. I start getting excited about Halloween in August!

And that’s why we love Halloween. It’s that element of surprise, and never knowing what’s going to happen. That’s why it’s such fun to make a little something happen too! Cassidy is an Operations Manager of a small company and is always trying to think of fun things to do for his employees. I myself have employees now (SHOCKER) and we’ve been talking about how to BOO all of these wonderful people who help us out in our daily lives. Cassidy is such a crafty guy and I’m also inspired by my mom. She’s been an art teacher for 40+ years so if there’s someone to talk to in order to get good BOO ideas, it’s her!

We got the idea to make personalized BOO Candy Buckets out of empty ice cream tubs.

We found inspiration at Sam’s Club, of course. I think if you’re going to be BOO’in in bulk, you need to make bulk purchases. These large packs of candy allow Sam’s Club members to get BOO’ing essentials on a budget. You can’t beat that! You can buy in bulk and save – and these packs come with a great variety of your favorite MARS® and Wrigley products. And, you can look for TWO specially marked Halloween Designed Bags. Personally, they make me so happy for my project!

What do you think? Will our employees and co-workers LOVE our fabulous BOO’ing kit. The MARS® Bat Bag is the perfect size to make a batch of these BOO bucket kits. And it has the perfect batch of candy for BOO’ing your loved ones!

Ready to shop for this awesome BOOtastic candy? Hover over the photo to click through to SamsClub.com to purchase!


The people in our lives deserve a special treat. And I’m going to show you how to treat them!

Materials Needed:

Empty Ice Cream Bucket/Pail
Spray Paint (white and colors of your choice)
Wood Cutout Letter
Baker’s Twine or Yarn
Foam Sheets
Tissue Paper
Hot Glue
White Glue
Scissors
Permanent Marker
Utility Knife
Large cardboard or sheets to protect your surface while spray painting

Directions:

Make sure you read all the directions for the spray paint on the can before painting. Be sure you are in a well ventilated area and allow for adequate drying between drying times.

1 – Wash and dry the ice cream pail and lid. Remove the handle by gently pulling it off and setting it aside to reattach later.

2 – Use a permanent marker to draw a mouth shape on the inside of the pail lid. Make sure the mouth is big enough for your hand to fit through. Use a utility knife to cut out the mouth. Discard/recycle excess.

3 – Place your pail upside down and your lid right side up on a flat, covered surface and spray with white spray paint. This acts as a primer to cover the writing on your pail. Repeat with another coat if necessary, mainly hitting the printed spots the second time around. Let dry between each coat.

4 – Paint one pail the color of your choice and the other another color. I chose yellow and green. Apply 2 coats, if necessary, letting dry between each coat.

5 – Spray the wood cutout letters with orange spray paint and let dry.

6 – Cut out foam shapes with scissors. I chose circle shapes and angled rectangles for each of the 2 pails.

7 – Use foam and cut out shapes for eyes – one monster has 2 eyes and the other has 3. Add eyebrows and horns if desired.

8 – Cut out white triangles for teeth. Cut out letters and words for each pail. Use white glue to affix the foam to each other.

9 – Set the face onto the bucket to make sure it fits and looks as desired. Using hot glue, attach the foam pieces to the bucket and decorate your monster. Add text/words.

10 – To add orange tissue paper hair, cut a 5″ piece of tissue paper the length of the tissue. Fold in half and in half again and cut points into the paper. Open the paper to have a flat edge at the bottom and points at the top. Scrunch the flat edge of the tissue paper across the edge of the pail and press it onto the brim of the pail. Place the lid on the pail and secure the tissue paper in place.

Ready to BOO your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers? Buy Mars candy in bulk at Sam's Club and make a BOO Candy Bucket! #ad #SpookySavings #BOOItForward

Ready to BOO your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers? Buy Mars candy in bulk at Sam's Club and make a BOO Candy Bucket! #ad #SpookySavings #BOOItForward

11 – Add baker’s twine or yarn to the back of the wood cutout letter. Secure with hot glue. Attach one end of the handle onto the pail. Slide the wood cutout letter onto the handle and secure the 2nd side of the handle. Fill the bucket with candy.

And then have FUN BOO’ing your favorite people!

Ready to BOO your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers? Buy Mars candy in bulk at Sam's Club and make a BOO Candy Bucket! #ad #SpookySavings #BOOItForward

Ready to BOO your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers? Buy Mars candy in bulk at Sam's Club and make a BOO Candy Bucket! #ad #SpookySavings #BOOItForward

Now I have to know! Who will you BOO this year with MARS® and Wrigley products from Sam’s Club?

Ready to BOO your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers? Buy Mars candy in bulk at Sam's Club and make a BOO Candy Bucket! #ad #SpookySavings #BOOItForward

BOO!

Gone Fishing: Fun Felt Fishing Game

Looking for a fun #DIY craft to do with your kids? This Fun Felt Fishing Game (say that three times fast) is sure to win them over. Catch a big fish! #games

If I had a photo of a “Gone Fishing” sign, I’d put it right here.

I’m not REALLY fishing, at least I don’t think I am, but I am taking a MUCH needed R&R break in Truro for a few days. This is our annual trip, and I’ve been working myself to the bone – taking on six days of work in only three days – just so I can accomplish a few days of eating ice cream and reading on the beach. I’ve been working myself to the bone – taking on six days of work in only three days – WHILE keeping the kids home from camp this week. With us leaving for our trip mid-week, I didn’t spend the money to send them to camp. I should have spent the money! They WANT camp. They WANT routine.

They’re making me bring out the big guns.. er.. big fish. I would do anything to keep them occupied:

Fishing Game

Fun Tamara Fact: Tim Burton’s Big Fish is one of my favorite movies, but I’ve only seen it once, as I do with most movies.

Second Fun Tamara Fact: I only ever read my blog posts once, after publishing, because then it leads to lifelong cringing.

Third Fun Tamara Fact: My birthday is in five days. Eeep!

Now I will be back, before long, with more stories than ever – all piling up and waiting for me to unwrap them – with shiny photos and shiny words. It takes me awhile sometimes, but I’ll get there. It’s not a long trip, but gosh, will I come back more refreshed than ever! There is SO MUCH going on with us this summer still. We’re heading to Cape Cod once, and the kids are going twice. I’m meeting Tim Curry and seeing John Williams and sending Scarlet to a cabin with her best friend’s family for three days. We’ll head to New Jersey, via New York, and blast Sia radio on Pandora during the whole thing.

And then the big thing, the big FISH, will start at the end of the summer.

Looking for a fun #DIY craft to do with your kids? This Fun Felt Fishing Game (say that three times fast) is sure to win them over. Catch a big fish! #games

We’re beginning some pretty major home renovations. Who knows what will come? You’ll see it unfold as I do.

Fun Felt Fishing Game

What’s Needed

Felt (Multi-Colors)
Googly Eyes
½” Washers
Small Round Craft Magnets
White String, 8-10” piece
Small Dowel Rod
Hot Glue Gun

Directions

1 – Cut little fish shapes out of the felt. Make these big enough so you can fit a washer inside.

2 – Lay a washer on one of the fish and hot glue another fish it so the washer is enclosed.

3 – Glue a googly eye on the fish.

4 – Tie the string onto the dowel rod and glue the end of the string between 2 magnets.

5 – Fish just for fun or turn it into a learning game by having little kids catch certain colors or sizes.

6 – Have Fun!

Looking for a fun #DIY craft to do with your kids? This Fun Felt Fishing Game (say that three times fast) is sure to win them over. Catch a big fish! #games

Officially Gone Fishing!