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Halloween Crafts | Make Vintage Halloween Baskets

Halloween Crafts | Make Vintage Halloween Baskets
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I have a few amazing teachers to thank this week and these Vintage Halloween Baskets will be a delightful way to share some appreciation.


Vintage Inspired Halloween Baskets
Vintage Inspired Halloween Baskets
Vintage Inspired Halloween Baskets Vintage Inspired Halloween Baskets


Materials needed to make Vintage Inspired Halloween Baskets:

  • Peat pots (you can find these at a garden center or hardware store–“Jiffy peat pots” are one brand you can look for)
  • Orange, yellow, red and white acrylic paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Hole punch
  • Black or Halloween themed ribbon (thin)
  • Treats to put in the basket
  • Halloween garland (thin, to go around the outside rim of basket)
  • Hot glue and hot glue gun (if garland is not wire based)

Materials needed to make gift tags:

  • Vintage inspired Halloween images or clip art
  • Glue stick
  • Red, yellow or orange paper
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon (thin)


  • Paint the outside of the pots one color (i.e. all orange)
  • Allow to dry
  • Choose a different color (i.e. yellow or red) to paint stripes or polka dots onto the pots
  • Allow to dry
  • Punch a hole toward the top lip of the basket
  • Punch another hole exactly opposite the first hole
  • Wrap a thin piece of Halloween garland around the top lip of the pot.  If the garland is wire based you will not need to glue it—simply wrap the garland around the outside rim of the pot and then twist the wires to secure it into place.  If your garland is not wire based you can hot glue the garland onto the outside rim.
  • Slide a ribbon through one hole and tie a knot to secure it
  • Slip the other end of the ribbon through the other hole and repeat
  • Double check and make sure both knots are secure
  • Fill your baskets with fillers, treats, miniature gifts and/or Halloween candies

I also made gift tags by gluing vintage Halloween images onto brightly colored papers that match the baskets.  I punched a hole through the tags and put a slip of ribbon through.


Vintage Inspired Halloween Baskets Vintage Inspired Halloween Baskets


We are delivering our vintage inspired Halloween baskets to the local elementary school to send a big thank you to Mrs. Macloud, Mrs. Spang, Mrs. Marquis and Miss Keep who continue to be wonderful and amazing teachers beyond words.

Bonnie Thomas


Bonnie Thomas


Bonnie Thomas shares her ideas and instructions for simple Yankee crafts. Bonnie Thomas works full time as a child and family therapist in Southern Maine and is also an established artist and author. She has published two books via Jessica Kingsley Publishing, titled Creative Coping Skills for Children: Emotional Support Through Arts and Crafts Activities and Creative Expression Activities for Teens: Exploring Identity Through Art, Craft and Journaling. Don't miss her latest book, How to Get Kids Offline, Outdoors, and Connecting With Nature
Updated Sunday, October 11th, 2015

One Response to Halloween Crafts | Make Vintage Halloween Baskets

  1. Aimee October 22, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    These are ADORABLE! I love the vintage clipart — the cats always look so clever and spooky in that era. I bet the teachers loved their baskets!

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