This quick craft is SO quick I'm almost not sure it counts, but there's hot glue involved, so I guess I'll allow it. :D
Remember this floor lamp John disassembled for the Game Room makeover?
He removed the top half of the light since we never used it, so I turned the metal part into a display stand for our Sorting Hat.
That still left the plastic lamp shade on top left over, though, and here in the Yates household we aim to use ALL parts of the junk animal.
Sure, the shade had a big hole in the middle, but I figured it could made a good Halloween candy bowl. So I went to the dollar store and grabbed 3 plastic skulls, a rubber rat, and a strand of battery-operated lights:
That's $5 in materials, plus some hot glue.
To do this yourself, you really just need a plastic bowl, the skulls, and hot glue. The rat and lights are optional.
(Btw, "the rat and lights are optional" would be an amazing sentence to hear out of context. That is all. Carry on.)
Arrange the skulls in a nice tripod formation, then hot glue them to each other:
Now hot glue the bowl on top of the skulls.
Well, I also had to hot glue the rat into the middle of my bowl to cover the hole.
After that I arranged the light strand inside the bowl, covered it with cheap Halloween candy (because if we buy the good stuff this early I *will* eat it all), and bam. Now I'm done:
I had the rat hold a lollipop for extra whimsy. Or menace. Honestly it could go either way.
Annnd there you have it: one upcycled lamp shade candy bowl!
If you have a few more minutes and really want to amp up the creep factor, then you can also follow my skull painting tutorial to make them look like this:
Dang that's creepy. I'd forgotten.
And that's the same dollar store skull! Just jazzed up with paint & metal doo-dads.
I was too lazy to paint these ones, though, so instead let's try a Grunge filter:
Ooooh, so grungy.
You could also put that light strand through the skulls to light up their eyes, or cover them in rust, or glitter, or whatever your spoopy heart desires. Go nuts! Decorating is the fun part!
Speaking of, what Halloween crafts are you guys eyeing this month? I'm always looking for DIY inspiration this time of year, so if you've seen anything awesome, drop a link in the comments!