Who says pumpkins have to be round?! We had so much fun making these Shoebox Pumpkins by upclycling small shoeboxes that would ordinarily have been tossed into the recycle bin. They make cute Halloween decor or “treasure boxes,” as Goose calls them.
Supplies Needed for Shoebox Pumpkins:
- Shoeboxes (You can use any size shoebox for this activity but I recommend using the kind that feel like cardboard, not the kind that feel waxy, if that makes sense. The paint may not stick onto those very well.)
- Orange tempura paint
- Paint brushes
- Googly eyes
- Nose and mouth pieces cut from cardstock
- Green pasta noodles for the stems
We paint inside the house all the time but it was such a nice day that I set us up outside. I put our SugarBooger ABC Jumbo Splat Mat under the table since it’s a lot easier to wipe paint off the mat than it is to scrub the concrete.
Goose asked for help with painting her box so we painted it together. She tends to glob the paint in a couple places rather than paint the whole thing and in this case she wanted the whole box orange, hence her request for help.
Let me tell you the story of our orange paint. After I came up with the idea for this activity I realized we didn’t have any orange paint. I thought Well, I’ll just mix some red and yellow. But then I changed my mind and thought No, we’ll use it for other things this week so I’ll just go buy some. I thought there was a JoAnn’s in the shopping center not too far from my house. I get there and discover there is not. There is a WalMart though so I thought we’d go in there to get the paint. Since WalMart has everything I assumed they’d have tempura paint. I unload the kids, search the store and discover they don’t actually have everything. Back into the car, drive down the street. Stop at Staples hoping they have it. Unload the kids, get to the door, see that they don’t open until noon. It was only 10:45am. Argh. Load back up the kids. Go home. Mix up the red and yellow. And voila. Orange paint.
So, back to our activity….I cut the noses and mouths out of scraps of black cardstock.
We used green pasta noodles (dyed with vinegar and food coloring) for the stems. I attached them with hot glue.
The stems make great handles for the lids.
I set them out as decorations but I have a feeling they won’t stay put very long since Goose likes to play with them.
If you’re feeling extra creative you could make ghost or Frankenstein heads too. We may do that later in the week since we had so much fun making these Shoebox Pumpkins.
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