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DIY Pineapple Jack-o’-Lantern Treat Bucket


Make trick-or-treating extra fun and turn a plain pumpkin treat bucket into a fun pineapple jack-o’-lantern! 

A pineapple jack-o'-lantern treat bucket sits outside.

This year my daughter is going as a Pineapple Princess so I figured she needed a pineapple Jack-o’-lantern treat bucket! A Pineapple Princess needs her pineapple accessories! So today I’m sharing how I created my bucket…just in case someone else needs a pineapple jack-o’-lantern treat bucket ;) 

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This was a fairly quick DIY since I was just making over an already existing bucket. I found a pumpkin bucket at Target that had a green handle and was an oblong shape, making it perfect for transforming into a pineapple. We discovered not only does it light up, but it also projects the words “Trick or Treat” from the bottom of the bucket, which was a fun surprise!Jack-o'-lantern treat bucket is turned into a pineapple jack-o'-lantern treat bucket

Below are the supplies you’ll need and the steps to create this fun treat bucket!

Supplies Needed for Pineapple Jack-o’-Lantern Treat Bucket

  • Orange jack-o’-lantern bucket
  • Yellow Acrylic paint or spray paint
  • Orange and black acrylic paint
  • Painters tape
  • Pencil or light orange colored pencil
  • Green felt – the stiff kind will work best! I used stiff green felt with glitter in it from Joann Fabrics.
  • Hot glue

Step One: The first step is painting over the orange jack-o’-lantern with yellow paint. Cover the handles with painters tape where they meet the bucket. Then use several coats of acrylic paint to cover the pumpkin. Below you can see my third coat. I could have kept going to get the yellow color more opaque but decided to leave it after the fourth coat.

My son “borrowed” the bucket in-between coats of paint to play with it and I did notice some paint chipped off, so I don’t think this bucket is made to last forever. This is fine since we are only planning to use this once or twice but is something to keep in mind. Since adding the last few coats of paint, it does seem less prone to chipping. You could also try to spray paint the bucket and perhaps it wouldn’t chip. Another option would be sealing the acrylic paint with Mod-Podge.

DIY Pineapple Jack-O'-Lantern Halloween Treat Bucket

Step Two: Repaint the black parts of the jack-o’-lantern’s face with a small brush.

DIY Pineapple Jack-O'-Lantern Halloween Treat Bucket

Step Three: Add the crown to the top of the pineapple using green felt cut into triangles. The felt I used was a stiffer glitter felt by Kunin brand which worked well because the felt stood up without falling over. Hot glue the felt triangles around the inside of the bucket’s opening. I layered them a bit to fill in.

DIY Pineapple Jack-o-lantern treat-or-treat bucket

Step Four: Use a pencil to draw a diamond pattern on the bucket. If you don’t want to see the pencil lines after painting you could use a light orange-colored pencil which would be less visible. I did not take the time to measure these lines but started in the front so the front would look the best!

DIY Pineapple Jack-O'-Lantern Halloween Treat Bucket

Go over the pencil lines with orange paint using a small brush. I added a darker orange acrylic at the top and bottom of the bucket to add a little dimension. Let the paint dry. Then remove the painters tape around the handles and the bucket is finished! Yay, pineapple jack-o’-lantern!

DIY Pineapple Jack-O'-Lantern Halloween Treat BucketThis was a quick and fun addition to my daughter’s pineapple princess costume! Making coordinating treat bags has become a fun project I enjoy doing each year. You can check out a few of our past trick-or-treat bags below.  :)

How to Make a Pineapple Jack-o'-lantern

Happy Crafting! -Kim

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