DIY Candy Dish

Repurpose your unused décor into a stylish candy dish.

Give old décor items new life by repurposing them into stylish candy dishes. It’s quick and easy, so you can make one as a holiday decoration or craft a whole bunch to give away as hostess gifts.

Small glass bowl*
Glass candlesticks
Glass glue**

*Tip: Use bowls and candlesticks you already have on hand, or have fun shopping in the glassware aisle at your local thrift or dollar store.

**Tip: Choose glue that is designed to attach non-porous surfaces together, such as E-6000. You can find it in the adhesive section of your local craft store or big-box retailer.


  1. Remove any tags on bowl and candlestick
  2. Wash them thoroughly with dish soap and water and dry
  3. Turn bowl over on your work surface so the bottom is facing upward
  4. Put a line of glass glue around the rim of the candlestick and in the center of the bowl's bottom.
  5. Turn the candlestick over and place the glue-side down on the center of the bowl's bottom
  6. Allow to dry, untouched, for at least an hour, and let it cure overnight before use

To spruce up your candy dishes, try one of these dish ideas for an extra special touch:

Milk Glass: Add puffy paint dots or snowflake designs, and then spray paint everything white to transform your glass. It’ll create the illusion of antique milk glass.

Tinted Glass: Mix one part water to two parts decoupage glue, plus several drops of food coloring. Paint the mixture onto your dish to create a faux tinted glass effect.

Polka Dots: Use a round foam brush (also called a pouncer) to create polka dots on the candy dish. Dip the brush in glass paint, and then start dotting around the dish.

Victorian Style: Use a vintage teacup and ceramic candlestick for a more romantic touch.

Paint Dipping: Give the candlestick a quick dip in paint, and then allow it to dry. Attach the dish to the top according to the instructions above for a colorful, simple embellishment.

Gifting Tip: Create a good impression when attending holiday parties by packaging treats in a crafted candy dish. Wrap it in a cellophane gift basket bag and close with red and white baker's twine. Or get inspired by some of our creative packaging ideas.

Heather is chief editor of Dollar Store Crafts, and specializes in transforming inexpensive materials into stylish and simple craft projects. She has appeared on “The Martha Stewart Show,” been featured in Reader’s Digest and The New York Times, and her work has appeared on the cover of Family Fun Magazine.



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