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Frankenstein Candy Box



I was looking for a fun, not too spooky, way to display candy for trick or treaters and came up with this Frankenstein themed candy box on a post. It's perfectly sized for kids to easily reach in for a treat and super sturdy freestanding on it's own base. The box is also very deep so it holds a lot of candy. And you could paint the box any Halloween character, a pumpkin, skeleton, witch, get creative!

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    1. Step: 1

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      Cut List: 2 – 1x10 @ 10 1/2” (wide sides) 2 – 1x8 @ 10 1/2” (slim sides) 1 – 1x10 @ 8 3/4” (base) 1 - 2x4 @ 13”, ends mitered 30 degrees (long foot) 2 – 2x4 @ 4 ¾”, one end mitered 30 degrees (short feet) 1 – 4x4 post @ 13” (post) 1 – 1x8 @ 7 ¼” (box support) 2 – 1” round dowel @ 2” (neck plugs)

    2. Step: 2

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      Make box. Attach wider sides to slim sides using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails.

    3. Step: 3

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      Use nailer to attach sides of box together.

    4. Step: 4

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      Attach base to box using wood glue and countersunk 1 ¼” screws.

    5. Step: 5

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      Predrill countersink holes into base before attaching to box with screws.

    6. Step: 6

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      Add neck plugs to box at sides as marked. Predrill a ½” deep hole using a 1” spade bit. Apply wood glue to dowel and secure in hole.

    7. Step: 7

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      Attach short feet of base centering onto long foot. Make pocket holes in short feet and attach using wood glue and 2 ½” pocket hole screws.

    8. Step: 8

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      Attach post to feet at center using wood glue and countersunk 3” wood screws.

    9. Step: 9

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      Attach box support piece to post at center using wood glue and countersunk 3” wood screws.

    10. Step: 10

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      Place box upside down then center post onto box base. Apply wood glue and secure box to the support piece using countersunk 1 ¼” wood screws. Sand well and finish as desired.

    11. Step: 11

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      To see more of my projects, check out That’s My Letter. (http://thatsmyletter.blogspot.com)

Comments (2)


  • This is such a fun way to hold candy - either on the porch or inside in the hallway!
    By karen_atlanta, on September 29, 2015

  • That's so clever! Great job and I bet the kids love it.
    By SDHill, on November 4, 2016

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Frankenstein Candy Box

by jaimecostiglio
Sep 24, 2015
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I was looking for a fun, not too spooky, way to display candy for trick or treaters and came up with this Frankenstein themed candy box on a post. It's perfectly sized for kids to easily reach in for a treat and super sturdy freestanding on it's own base. The box is also very deep so it holds a lot of candy. And you could paint the box any Halloween character, a pumpkin, skeleton, witch, get creative!

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge fe31dbcc a9c5 4890 849f fd40eb288289

    Cut List: 2 – 1x10 @ 10 1/2” (wide sides) 2 – 1x8 @ 10 1/2” (slim sides) 1 – 1x10 @ 8 3/4” (base) 1 - 2x4 @ 13”, ends mitered 30 degrees (long foot) 2 – 2x4 @ 4 ¾”, one end mitered 30 degrees (short feet) 1 – 4x4 post @ 13” (post) 1 – 1x8 @ 7 ¼” (box support) 2 – 1” round dowel @ 2” (neck plugs)

  2. Step: 2
    Huge ab038f3d 171d 4127 9515 6acdaf519d20

    Make box. Attach wider sides to slim sides using wood glue and 1 ¼” finish nails.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge bafc6d10 6dad 4f6c 95de e5251a9d4c6e

    Use nailer to attach sides of box together.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge 3eae34fb 82c4 4108 aaa7 0d8daa756865

    Attach base to box using wood glue and countersunk 1 ¼” screws.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge a7598b55 bcb7 449f 80a4 15c7091e110d

    Predrill countersink holes into base before attaching to box with screws.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge 9bbf08ac 453c 4b44 80a9 4482727990a5

    Add neck plugs to box at sides as marked. Predrill a ½” deep hole using a 1” spade bit. Apply wood glue to dowel and secure in hole.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge 41870d7e 4369 4dd3 84ac e4c8b04a5d65

    Attach short feet of base centering onto long foot. Make pocket holes in short feet and attach using wood glue and 2 ½” pocket hole screws.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge 247d35f3 6df3 4cc3 9f68 170255d78ab3

    Attach post to feet at center using wood glue and countersunk 3” wood screws.

  9. Step: 9
    Huge ff1b41ec 92d0 441a bad8 c7f98989234e

    Attach box support piece to post at center using wood glue and countersunk 3” wood screws.

  10. Step: 10
    Huge fb471689 a9af 4d7f 809f 17f4de9673c8

    Place box upside down then center post onto box base. Apply wood glue and secure box to the support piece using countersunk 1 ¼” wood screws. Sand well and finish as desired.

  11. Step: 11
    Huge 5e0fc6a8 891a 481c b7a9 4ef742821f32

    To see more of my projects, check out That’s My Letter. (http://thatsmyletter.blogspot.com)