False-Bottom Candy Pail





Introduction: False-Bottom Candy Pail

Trick your way into more treats with this sliding-panel false-bottom candy pail!

This is an extremely low-tech way to conceal how much candy you've already collected on your rounds and encourage pity and greater generosity from candy-givers.

Step 1: Supplies

  • two candy pails -- I used two pumpkin pails from the drug store
  • cutting tool -- I used and x-acto knife, but wish I'd had a carpet knife
  • tape measure
  • marking tool

Step 2: Make the Slot

Decide how much depth you need for your hidden stash. I chose 3".

Measure up from the bottom and mark a straight line across the back half of the pail.

Cut across this line

Step 3: Make the False Bottom

From pail #2, cut a piece the same width as the slot you made.

Make sure it's long enough to cover the bottom and stick out a little in the back to act as a grip.

It's great to use the pumpkin pails because the height of the pail gives you exactly enough coverage and sticks out the back perfectly.

Step 4: Assemble

Slide the false bottom you've cut into the slot in the first pail.

Since I used the molded pumpkins, the false bottom acted as a roll-top device, which turned out to be pretty slick. The candy slides off the top of the curve and practically hides itself!

Step 5: Hide That Stash!

After receiving your candy, make sure you're no one's watching as you pull the false bottom out from the back of the pail and drop all the candy to the bottom.

Replace false bottom and hit the next house!

"What? You've got no candy? You poor dear! Here, take some more..."

Try not to look too smug.



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    Nice, extra candy but everybody only gives 'fun' size.

    Why not take this idea and supersize it? Let's mod this for costumes that use a cloak:
    1. Cut the bottom out of the the bucket.
    2. Attach a dark, cloth tube to the open-bottom bucket, being sure to keep the seam from being noticed.
    3. Make a large--and I mean large--pocket inside the cloak.
    4. Cut a hole on the outer side of the pocket.
    5. Sew the tube to the pocket.

    Instructions for use:
    After deliciously-delectable morsels are deposited into Smiley-Gourd Pail, pull back the cover over the hole in the bottom (Like thy one demonstrated in this Instructable). Let said morsels fall into thy sack inside thy cloak, and continue thy journey through thine neighborhood, and cheat thy neighbors out of their sweet-goodness.

    LOLZ! i love this mod.

    Hey that's cheating!! lol

    Very creative!

    Maybe reversing the bottom to make it a little less obvious but overall nice idea.

    Way to work the system! I will remember to make one for my nephew...

    I think I'll try this with my pillow case. Should be easy. MUHAHAHA!!!>:-> Very nice instructable. This will also come in hand when people mug you for candy.

    Haha. Just where are you trick or treating? :P Miss, you are going to become a very popular person for the kids in your area. Great idea!