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.