Cardboard box decorated with glitter

pumpkin container

This cardboard container project is really fun to make. You can put any face you like or follow my directions for a cheesy vintage pumpkin look.


  • round cardboard container  (I purchased mine at Wal Mart for $1.97.)
  • black glitter
  • orange glitter
  • glue
  • ribbon
  • black paint

draw pumpkin face on lid

Step 1.

Draw your design using a pencil. You can find lots of pumpkin face patterns if you look at magazines or in the halloween aisle of your favorite store.

draw a line of glue around mouth apply glitter to glue line draw lines for teeth apply glitter to teeth

Step 2.

Apply a thin strip of glue around mouth as shown. Sprinkle glitter on the glue line and then shake off excess. Repeat this step to make the teeth as shown.

scrape glitter with a razor blade to straighten out lines

Step 3.

After you make the center line for teeth use a razor blade to straighten out your lines by gently scraping the lines to make them look even all around.  Let this dry really well.

draw outline for eyes apply glue to inside of eyes

Step 4.

Apply glue to eyes as shown. Then sprinkle black  glitter on outline and let it dry well.  After it’s dry apply glue to inside of eyes and then sprinkle with white glitter.

apply glue to face area and then apply orange glitter orange glitter

Step 5.

Apply glue to the rest of the face and then sprinkle orange glitter all over, shaking it off as you go. Let it dry completely.

fill in teeth

Step 6.

Apply glue to “teeth” and then sprinkle white glitter shaking it off as you go.

paint edge of lid black paint sides of bottom black

Step 7.

Paint the sides of bottom piece and the edges of top piece black, as shown.

apply glue to bottom half of bottom leave space in front to tie bow apply black ribbon and tie bow

Step 8.

Apply a band of glue on bottom part of your container that is about the same width as you ribbon or trim.  Make sure you choose trim that is short enough to allow for the lid to fit on your container when you’re done.  Leave an open space at the front as shown where you will tie your bow.  Place your ribbon or trim over the glue and tie bow as shown. I glued my bow so it would stay in place and used clothespins to hold it in place until dry.

apply glue to edge of lid apply ribbon to edge

Step 9.

Apply glue to edge of top and then apply ribbon as shown.

finished, side view pumpkin container

About Elaine Kazinec

I have never met anyone who can't make wonderful things for their homes, friends, and family, only those who think they can't. The purpose of this blog is to show everyone how really simple most projects for the home are to make. When my husband and I bought our first home we were short on cash so I learned to be long on creativity. I have been told that I can make something wonderful out of nothing and that is true. You can too! Some of my favorite things are items that I found in someone's junk pile. I am going to show you how easy it really is. I hope you find the courage to jump in and attempt some of these projects. You will be amazed at how talented you really are.