Trick or Treat box with wooden stick Halloween candy.

I found this wooden cannister at a yard sale for almost nothing.  It had an outdated Christmas pattern on it and the bottom was coming out so I glued the bottom back in and painted it black and just stenciled it.  The candy sticks are made from wooden dowels.


  • any kind of cannister  (These are easy to find at thrift stores or yard sales. The metal ones are everywhere.)
  • wooden dowels
  • black and orange paint
  • stencils
  • masking tape

Step 1.

Paint your cannister with a flat black paint. After it dries lightly scuff the edges with sandpaper to give it an aged look.

Step 2.

Stencil or paint whatever design you want.  I put Trick or Treat on the side in large letters on the side.

Candy Sticks

Step 1.

Paint dowel flat black.  I usually do this by putting some paint on the dowel with a rag and just rubbing it in.  That way it is rubbed into the wood and doesn’t pull off when I remove the tape.

Step 2.

Wrap the dowel with masking tape or whatever tape you’re using as shown above.  Different sizes of tape will create different looks so you can have a variety of patterns just by using smaller tape.

Step 3.

Paint the stick orange.

Step 3.

Peel off the tape.

Step 4.

Lightly sand the dowel to give it an aged look.

Step 5.

Cut into four or five inch pieces.

About Elaine Kazinec

I have never met anyone who can't make wonderful things for their homes, friends, and family, only those who think they can't. The purpose of this blog is to show everyone how really simple most projects for the home are to make. When my husband and I bought our first home we were short on cash so I learned to be long on creativity. I have been told that I can make something wonderful out of nothing and that is true. You can too! Some of my favorite things are items that I found in someone's junk pile. I am going to show you how easy it really is. I hope you find the courage to jump in and attempt some of these projects. You will be amazed at how talented you really are.