Looking for a fun craft to make this Halloween? Why not try making these cute milk bottle ‘trick or treat’ baskets. They are super easy to make and look great! You could also use them for boo baskets.
- Plastic milk bottle / jug
- Craft knife
- Hole punch
- Split pins
- Paint / paint pens
- Sticky tape
Take an empty plastic milk bottle and using a craft knife and/or scissors cut the bottle all the way around just under the handle. To make the first incision I used a craft knife, but then swapped to scissors to finish the cutting. For this craft we will only be using the bottom section of the milk bottle, discard (or reuse) the top section.
To make the handle of your basket, cut approx. 3 cm off the top of your basket. Using scissors, I cut a slit 3 cm down from the top of the basket and then cut around the top of the basket. You will now have a thin strip of milk bottle to use as your handle. Cut the end of the plastic strip to your desired length.
Use a hole punch, to punch holes in both ends of your handle, and in the top middle of 2 sides of your basket.
Join your handle to your basket using split pins. Line up the hole on your handle with one of the holes on your basket and insert a split pin. Repeat on the other side.
Time to decorate! Using paint and/or paint pens decorate your baskets. For one of my baskets, I painted the basket black using acrylic paint. Before painting I took my basket apart and painted the handle and basket separately. It took 2 coats to get good coverage. Using a gold paint pen I decorated the basket with stars and moons.
The ghost basket was even easier, no base colour required. I used a black paint pen to draw 2 eyes and a mouth straight onto the basket. The transparent white of the milk bottle gives it a spooky appearance.
Black Cat Basket
Create a cat ear template to fit your milk bottle. To create the template below, I measured the width of my milk bottle and height up to the handle. I then cut a piece of paper out to these measurements. I drew 2 ears at the top of the paper and cut around them to create the template below.
Cut your milk bottle down to create the basket section of your basket (see step 1 for the basic basket). Attach your template to your basket using sticky tape and then cut around the ears shapes only. Continue to cut around the rest of the basket, so the ears stand above the top of the basket. Keep the strip of plastic to use as your handle.
Trim the ends of handle and hole punch both ends. Hole punch the top middle of 2 sides of your basket and attach the handle using split pins.
Time to decorate! Using black acrylic paint, paint your basket. Before painting I took my basket apart and painted the handle and basket separately. My basket needed 2 coats for good coverage. Once dry, draw your cat face using a gold paint pen.
These Trick or Treat baskets were so much fun to make and really quick and easy too! They are a great craft to do with your kids this Halloween.
Time for Trick or Treating!