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Jack-o'-Lantern Treat Boxes

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2009


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.

Print the Templates

Resources: Florist and fine crepe paper:; Fine crepe paper and acrylic paint:; Boxes:,, and


  • Florist crepe paper and fine crepe paper

  • Scissors

  • Orange acrylic paint

  • Glue stick

  • Hot-glue gun

  • 4-inch round container


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Paint both halves of a 4-inch round container with orange acrylic paint. Let dry.

  5. Cut out orange fine-crepe-paper shapes using the template. These will mimic the ribs of a pumpkin.

  6. Glue the shapes to both halves of the box, using a glue stick and leaving space between shapes.

  7. Glue green fine crepe paper to green card stock, using a glue stick. Cut out stem and leaf pieces using templates.

  8. 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.

  9. Cut out facial features from fine crepe paper, following templates; attach them using a glue stick.

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