Jack-o'-Lantern Treat Boxes
A plump jack-o'-lantern cracks a smile as the candy inside is revealed. The round container was painted orange and covered in tapered strips of crepe paper. The stem, the leaves, and a funny face, all cut from crepe paper, complete the treat box.
Versatile and inexpensive, crepe paper is the secret to these projects. With finessing, it becomes a ruffled plume, stiff whiskers, or a toothy grin. We used two types of crepe paper: florist crepe paper for thick pop-out elements, and fine crepe paper for everything else.
- Florist crepe paper and fine crepe paper
- Orange acrylic paint
- Glue stick
- Pumpkin templates
- Hot-glue gun
- 4-inch round container
When cutting crepe paper, use scissors instead of a craft knife. Pay attention to the grain of the paper; our templates indicate in which direction the grain should run. Stretch and shape the piece as needed by gently pulling against the grain.
In most cases, a glue stick works well for adhering crepe-paper embellishments. But when a firmer hold is needed -- say, when attaching whiskers to a mask -- use a hot-glue gun.
To give crepe paper a little extra heft, make a double layer, using a glue stick to join two pieces. For even more strength, glue crepe paper to card stock in the same color.
Paint both halves of a 4-inch round container with orange acrylic paint. Let dry.
Cut out orange fine-crepe-paper shapes using the template. These will mimic the ribs of a pumpkin.
Glue the shapes to both halves of the box, using a glue stick and leaving space between shapes.
Glue green fine crepe paper to green card stock, using a glue stick. Cut out stem and leaf pieces using templates.
Attach stem (folded at bottom so it stands upright) to one box half near edge, using a hot-glue gun. Glue leaves flat on both sides.
Cut out facial features from fine crepe paper, following templates; attach them using a glue stick.