Halloween is almost here and so is the promise of candy and spooky costumes 🙂

Today I am participating in an exciting blog hop with some of my fellow Canadian teacher-authors. All you have to do is sit back, grab a cup of coffee (or tea, if you are like me), and then have fun reading our tips and tricks, downloading our freebies, and finally collecting all the secret words from each participating blog. Once you have all the words, you can enter them into the Rafflecopter giveaway and have a chance at winning a gift certificate!!! How cool is that????

I decided to share an idea for a quick craft/decoration you can either make on your own or allow your students to make.  It could be a pencil holder or a container for Halloween treats. It is simple, quick to make, but very, very cute! 🙂


You will need your favourite Halloween clip art, cans and/or jars, duct tape in different colours (easily obtained at your local dollar store), scissors, double-sided foam tape (I’m not sure if this is the correct name for it – I lost the packaging 🙂 ) and laminating supplies.

Start by printing and laminating your chosen clip art. I like to fit two images per page so that I have a fairly large image for each pencil holder.

Step 2

Cut around your images. Make sure to leave a little bit of a white edge. It helps the image stand out 🙂 Set the images aside for a little while.

Step 3

Select your desired containers. There are so many different types out there!! For the purpose of this tutorial, I used a cashew container, however I suggest that you avoid using any nuts’ containers because of possible allergies. If you like the size and format of these containers, there are similar ones used for cocoa powder or hot chocolate (I just didn’t have any on hand).

Cover the outside of your container with the duct tape. Carefully layer the tape so that the entire container is covered. For some containers, like the glass jar I used, you might have to make little cuts here and there so that the tape adheres better to the shape of the container.

Once the containers are covered in tape, set them aside and prepare your images to be attached. Cut a strip of foam tape and attach it to the back of your image. Place the image against the side of the container and apply some pressure. Repeat the process until you have as many images as you desire on your container (I like the way mine look with just two 🙂 )

Make a few of these, fill them with colourful pencils, crayons or markers, distribute them around your classroom, and enjoy yourself listening to the giggly surprise of your students 🙂

And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you make any of these yourself, make sure to share in the comments; I would love to see your work 🙂

And because a blog hop is not just about tips and tricks, please feel free to complement these cuties with a special Halloween freebie that I just created for you! Your students can have fun writing about their Halloween experiences and/or expectations. Allow them to colour the illustrations, and post their work around the room… Click the image below to get to the download page and enjoy 😀

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Take care,