DIY Barbie and LOL Halloween Craft

How to Make Doll Trick-or-Treat Buckets for LOLs & Barbies

Crafting creates extra joy when your creations become beloved playthings. Our doll trick-or-treat buckets are too cute to send up to the attic after Halloween! And crafts to create things for Barbies and LOL Surprise Dolls seem to be trending lately, anyway. Why not play Halloween all year long? Our daughters cannot get enough of the YouTube videos about how to make this or that for your Barbie (Or LOL doll). Inspired, we decided to make Halloween 2020 even more fun by making our own LOL and Barbie candy trick-or-treat buckets.

The steps are pretty simple with some gentle parental guidance. Check out this guide to get you started on making your own Halloween crafts for Barbies and LOL.

DIY Doll Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bucket

DIY Trick-or-Treat Buckets for Dolls

Whether it’s Barbie, an LOL Surprise Doll, or a favorite stuffed animal, these adorable trick-or-treat buckets work well for small to medium-sized toys. Boasting spacious capacity and a handy handle, they are the perfect craft this fall season.


Empty Plastic Fruit Cup Containers (Such as Dole or Del Monte Mixed Fruit, etc.)

Tempera Washable Paint or Acrylic Paint (depending on your comfort)

Glow in the Dark 3D Fabric Paint

Mod Podge (We used glitter style!)

Plastic Craft Lace

Strong Hole Punch like a Belt Hole Puncher

How to Make Doll Halloween Buckets

It’s so rewarding to make this fun kids’ LOL / Barbie craft! These little Halloween buckets will work for just about any beloved toy. Follow these simple steps to make your own doll or stuffed animal buckets for pretend trick-or-treating.

  1. First, make sure the plastic fruit cup containers are clean and dry.
  2. Next, decide on a design to paint!
    1. Traditional Jack-O-Lantern
    2. Ghost
    3. Sugar Skull
    4. Abstract Halloween Art
    5. Vampire
    6. Halloween Tie-Dye
    7. Your own creative design!
  3. Paint one coat on the plastic cup and set aside, allowing to dry. Continue painting any other containers as desired.
  4. Once dry, apply a second coat of paint or more until you are satisfied with the coverage and the look.
  5. Again, once dry, apply Mod Podge to the entire painted surface. We used a glitter Mod Podge for our desired effect.
  6. Once dry, use Glow in the Dark puffy paint for accents or details. I used a lot of this on my doll-sized sugar skull Halloween basket!
  7. Allow to dry completely overnight.
  8. Use the belt hole puncher to punch out a single hole on either side of the bucket just below the top rim. This is where the handle will go. Measure twice, and punch the holes after you’re sure.
  9. Cut three strands of craft laces the desired length to braid for a handle.
  10. Tie a knot at one end and feed the knot through from the inside of the bucket.
  11. Braid the laces to the desired length.
  12. Now feed the laces into the bucket from the outside.
  13. Tie a knot here and cut any excessive remaining fringe.
  14. Now your bucket is ready for your Barbie dolls, LOLs, and stuffed animals to enjoy! Happy trick-or-treating!

Doll Halloween Bucket

Glow-in-the-Dark Sugar Skulls

No matter how you paint your trick-or-treat buckets, they are going to be adorable! This is such a fun and memorable craft activity. The white background and glow-in-the-dark paint make this craft so perfect for Halloween, but with these toys, kids can play Halloween and trick-or-treat anytime!

TIP: If you’re in a rush, you can also skip the steps of painting most of it and just use the glow-in-the-dark 3D paint to do the outlines. Our sugar skull theme worked out great both ways!

When it comes to Halloween art activities with the kids, this was one of my favorite ones so far. Useful for playing pretend trick-or-treating with dolls and toys, these Halloween buckets expand horizons for more creative playtime. We came up with the idea all on our own and it worked beautifully! I can see my kids playing with these DIY doll trick-or-treat buckets for years to come! If you liked our idea, please feel free to Pin or Share this post!

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