At my house, I work really hard to make being Catholic fun, and I like to make the fun of All Saints’ Day rival the fun of Halloween!!! Are you with me?! To even the playing field, I think celebrating All Saints’ Day should include candy. Whether you’re going to an All Saints’ Day party where candy will be used as prizes or if you’re going trick-or-treating dressed as your favorite religious hero, you’ll need a way to carry the goodies you collect.
This year, I decided rather than using the pumpkin shaped buckets you see everywhere, we would decorate our very own All Saints’ Day candy buckets! I mean, if you can make it Catholic, why not? 😉 You could use any bucket, bag, or container, but we used sand pails because we had them on hand.
I started by writing messages on them with fabric paint. I wrote things like “Happy All Saints’ Day”, “Pray for Us”, and “Our Heavenly Family”. One bucket that has all pictures of Mary says “Queen of the Saints”. I also thought about writing “When the Saints Go Marching In”, but forgot to. I let the messages dry overnight.
Next, you’ll need to get some saint stickers, or print some images from the internet. I printed out these adorable saint images from Happy Saints!
These pictures are so cute! Happy Saints is a great site dedicated to creating cute pictures of the saints to get kids more excited about their faith! There’s actually a Happy Saints store where you can get these images on things like bags, t-shirts, coffee mugs, and you can even get stickers for crafting. You should keep this store in mind for future presents- the next time I’m a Godmother, my new Godchild will be getting a patron saint onesie as a present for sure!
We cut out the circles, and mod-podged them onto the buckets. If you don’t have any mod-podge, you can just water down a little white glue. (One part white glue, one part water. Do NOT use washable glue.) Paint the Mod Podge on the bucket where you want the picture, and stick it on.
My favorite part- on some of the buckets I used glow in the dark fabric paint. Check it out!
I found the glow in the dark paint with the rest of the fabric paint, and I’m glad I saw it because I wouldn’t have known to look for it! My kids are really excited about their buckets, and they love the glow in the dark paint.