DIY Halloween Decorations :: Treat Cups

I love adding a little something new to our home decor during the holidays and I love Halloween projects at this time of year.

This week I made cute little Halloween papier mache treat bowls {yep, that’s the French spelling … my Canadian background is coming through}.  They were so easy to make and if you like to do Halloween crafts with your kids, these would be a lot of fun!  Let me show you how I made them.

DIY Halloween Decorations with Elmer's

You need very little to make these bowls.  I went to Walmart and bought Elmer’s Glue-All Multi-Purpose Glue {you can see that shopping trip here} …

… but I had everything else at home.  You’ll need a mixing bowl, white glue, small bowls to use as molds, plastic wrap, and newspaper.

Mix equal parts white glue and water.  {I used the whole bottle of glue, just to ensure I had enough, but I would have been fine with about half that amount.}

Turn your small bowls upside down and cover them in plastic wrap.  I also laid plastic wrap over a cookie sheet and set my bowls on top of that to eliminate some mess.

Rip the newspaper into strips …

DIY Halloween Decorations

… dip each piece into the glue mixture, and start laying it over the bowls.  Criss cross the strips, lay them over areas that seem thin, and just go for it.  Keep applying strips until you’re sure you’ve got a thick enough bowl.

I put my bowls outside to dry.  Once they were dry on the outside, I peeled them off the glass bowls and turned them right side up so the insides of the bowls could dry.

DIY Halloween Decorations

When the bowls are completely dry, trim the edges and paint the outside with orange paint {I used this as my inspiration}.  I applied two coats.  If you don’t want any of the newspaper printing to show through, you’ll need to apply more.  I like the rustic look of the printing.

You can also paint the inside of the bowl but I wanted to leave mine plain.  I painted little jack o’lantern faces on the bowls {you could also use a Sharpie}.

Fill the bowls up with some Halloween candy and you’re all set with great little DIY Halloween decorations.

Wouldn’t these be cute at each place setting at a Halloween party?

DIY Halloween decorations

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I’m Randi, a wife and stay-at-home mom of five kids, ranging from preschool to high school. I love strong coffee, craft and DIY projects, my planner, my laptop, and my big ol’ family. When I’m not creating something for my blog, I can be found in the car, running kids from one place to another. I’m the one knitting at the red light.


  1. What a fun idea!

  2. Randi, those Halloween bowls are too cute! Looks like I have a trip to Walmart ahead of me for some glue and orange craft paint. :0)

  3. This could be a fun project for kids too! & great for school parties. Cute project!

  4. Great idea! This can be customized for different holidays, I’m sure.

  5. Those are so cute! These would be great for the kids to do. I’ve never made paper mache with glue before though, I always used flour and water.

  6. These are such cute treat cups! I am going to try making these with my kiddos this weekend.

  7. Very cute! My kids love paper mache and would love helping me with this one.

  8. Stinking. Cute! Pinned them to my biggest Fall board :)

  9. These are adorable! great idea!

  10. Those are beyond adorable. Makes me want to get out of bed and go try it RIGHT NOW! We’ve got a rainy day forecasted for tomorrow; can’t wait to stay indoors and make some of these bowls! Pinning so I can give YOU full credit!!! Thanks so much for the inspiration! xoxo jules

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