Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Halloween Candy Tray

I'm still have my mind on Halloween this week so my newest creation is a Halloween candy tray.

My grandson had a birthday last week and I just happened to spy a box in the trash from a new toy and instantly knew I wanted to make something with it. It was the exact shape and size that you see (about 12 inches by 7.5 inches by 2 inches). How perfect for a Halloween candy tray.

Since the Simon Monday Challenge is Dotty and I have such a stash of Halloween paper, dots work for me. I pulled out three kinds of paper with dots to use in my project and began cutting and staining the pieces to fix the box. At that point, I had no idea what I wanted to do next with the tray other than to put legs on it. I bought the Tim Holtz Idea-ology FOUNDATIONS Metal Box Feet last week and was eager to use them. I attached them after I had the back of the tray completed.

I wanted the tray to have some sort of back that stood up and could be decorated. I still had a few sheets from the Graphic 45 Halloween In Wonderland Paper Pad. I love Alice in the witch dress, so cute. I can't say I am crazy about the movie Alice in Wonderland but I love her with the broom in her hand and the witch hat. 

You can see the two yellow and black background papers in this image.

I fussy cut Alice, inked the edges and glued her on the dotted background. After I glued her on, I was digging through some paint, I found one that was very similar to the blue color in her dress. I dabbed it on the dress. Perfect, and it added a little dazzle to her dress. 

The paint is Shimmer DazzlerZ Gummy Berry Blue. I'll use it again a little later in the project. This was the first time I had used their paints so I was excited and pleased with the results. 

I took pictures as I was completing each step but deleted them, accidentally, from my camera so I'll just have to zoom in on my completed tray and describe what I did in each step. 

For stamping, I used two Graphic 45 stamps from the Happy Haunting 1 collection on the background. Both were stamped with Archival Jet Black ink, fussy cut, inked around the edges, and stained lightly using Ranger nibs and Distress Stains and Distress Markers. Both stamps were stamped again, cut and stained just like the first time then popped on over the first set for dimension. 

I didn't have the metal door plate by Graphic 45 so I made my own using green patterned paper from the same collection. I stained the paper using my brayer and Tim Holtz Distress Stain - Mustard Seed, clipped each corner using the edge of a circle punch. I used green Stickles to make an inner line around the door plate to look a bit like a bevel. 

My doorknob is a blue rose that looked great with Alice's dress color. I tipped the edges of the rose with the same blue paint as the dress. The keyhole is Graphic 45 and stained with Distress Stains Mowed Lawn. 

 Now for the box feet: I painted the metal with Viva 3D Stamp Paint, let it dry and glued them on with Glossy Accents. I choose not to use screws since my box was cardboard. I weighted the tray down so the feet would dry and the tray would sit level. 

Graphic 45 paper was cut apart for a small Alice scene and a stamp of the her hat were used on the inside of the tray. 

Here's another picture of it.

I tweaked key whole a little more with Distress Stain Mowed Lawn and now I am all done with the Halloween Candy Tray.

Thanks for stopping by - Judy.

Linking to: 
Simon Monday Challenge: Dotty

Crafts - It's Fall Ya'll @ The Lettered Collage


  1. Judy...this Halloween candy tray is absolutely darling! Love the design and the way you've included the polka dots into the background. What a cute entry for our Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. You've really done a fantastic job on this! Thanks for sharing it with all of us! <3 Candy

  2. Oh sweet Judy, Oct. is my birth month and you just reminded me of close it is! I love the polka dot tray and all the lovelies in it! Gorgeous! Thank you for your sweet and kind visit.
    Have a lovely week.

  3. Brilliant! I love that you up-cycled this into a candy tray! Fantastic idea and gorgeous! Love the cute Halloween images! Thanks for going dotty with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  4. Such a fun idea, transforming a box into this wonderful candy tray. Love all the dots. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!!

  5. Hi Judy and a HUGE Congratulations on being selected as one of the Designer Spotlighted pieces!! I also nominated your piece and I'm so glad that you're getting this recognition! Your candy tray is darling. Beautifully done! Many congrats! <3 Candy

  6. All I can say is "Wow!" There are so many wonderful details in your project and to think it all started with a box saved from the trash! It's definitely a treasure now! I'm so glad you were chosen for the spotligh at Simon Says Stamp so I could see your project! Congratulations! You definitely earned it!

  7. This is such a beautiful project! I love every pretty details and embellishments on your creation. Thank you so much for sharing and congrats on being on the spotlight at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  8. Judy ... this is adorable. I love it!!! Amazing what you can do with a box you pulled out of the trash can, lol! I really love the accents you did with paint and you did a fabulous job putting all of the elements together. Wonderfully whimsical dotty project. Congrats on your spotlight at SSS Monday Challenge :) Mary Elizabeth