Our 'fishy' Halloween Candy Bowl is decorated with a playful
o'lantern and the faces of excited children. The shimmery autumn colors
are squares of crepe paper, decoupaged onto the glass. And since the
decorations are all applied on the inside of the bowl, you can easily
wipe off the guilty, chocolaty fingerprints you'll probably find on the
craft began with an 8" high, oval fish bowl we found in a
shop. You may already have one in your attic, haunted
by the little souls
of bygone goldfish. What better start for a Halloween keepsake?
Materials for this Halloween Candy Bowl
(FREE PDF download) printed twice on lightweight photo paper or
two copies of the vintage image on the photo paper or presentation
paper. Spray a light coat of varnish over the face of the images and
let it dry (this will prevent the printer ink from blurring when
moistened by the decoupage medium).
Trim around the illustration with
decorative edge scissors, leaving about a 1/4" border.
a 6' length of each color of crepe paper streamer, yellow, orange, gold
and brown. With pinking shears, cut the crepe paper
one flat side of the inside of the fish bowl with decoupage medium.
Brush decoupage medium on the face of one of the trimmed images. Lay
the image, face out, on the coated surface inside the fish bowl. When
it is positioned correctly, press and smooth the image onto the glass,
working out all bubbles and blobs. Repeat this with the second copy of
the image on the other side of the fish bowl.
medium to a small section inside the bowl, press squares of overlapped
crepe paper onto it, and brush with more decoupage medium. Apply only
one layer, allowing the crepe paper to just overlap
the border of the images (avoid placing the crepe paper,
especially the darker colors, behind the images, because they will
bleed through. Work
quickly, section by section, and don't over-brush or the crepe paper
colors will run. Let it dry
Clean stray decoupage medium off the face of
the bowl with a razor blade and a damp sponge.
chenille rods together end to end by twisting them. Trim them
to fit tightly around the neck of the bowl with a 1"
overlap. With the hot glue gun, attach the pom poms in a line
to the chenille rods, leaving 1/2" bare at each end. Wrap the rod
around the neck of the bowl, twist the ends together tightly, and tuck
them under. Alternatively, you can wrap the neck of the bowl with
ribbon, cord or
raffia, and tie a
jaunty bow to one side.
Fill the bowl with candy (or a potted autumn
flower or wolf bane), and let the Halloween festivities begin.
we all have a fish bowl like this when we were young? If you can't get
your hands on one now, you can use almost any large flat-sided glass
container. It should be
cylindrical or square, because it is very difficult to decoupage a
image onto a concave (or convex) surface without wrinkles or
Our inspiration for this Halloween Candy Bowl came from Halloween Fun, a
craft book published in 2001 by Better
Homes and Gardens Books. This book has 101 ideas for Halloween crafts,
costumes, and parties.