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28 Fun Halloween Crafts


Beaded Pumpkin Gift Box

Paint the box orange and add additional coats until coverage is complete.

Create a sparkling treasure to use as a decoration or gift container! Either way it's sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

What You'll Need

  • 5-inch round papier-mache box
  • Acrylic paint: poppy orange, leaf green, black
  • Paintbrushes: 1-inch soft, liner,
  • 1-inch stiff bristle
  • Paper towels
  • Pencil
  • Spray sealer
  • Clear gel tacky glue
  • Small black glass beads
  • Tape measure
  • Beaded fringe trim
  • Scissors
  • 3/8-inch extra-strength double-sided tape

Products: Delta acrylic paint, spray sealer; Duncan Aleene's clear gel tacky glue; Hirschberg Schutz & Co. beaded trim


Step 1: Paint box with poppy orange paint; let dry. Repeat for complete coverage. To add green highlights to side of box bottom, dip stiff paintbrush in leaf green paint. Wipe most of paint off on a paper towel, then swipe brush across box.

Step 2: Downloading and using the Beaded Pumpkin Gift Box pattern, trace face onto top of box. Paint face black; let dry. Spray box with sealer; let dry.

Step 3: Layer clear glue over painted face. While glue is wet, pour beads on glue. Let glue dry. Shake off excess beads.

Pour beads on the wet glue.

Step 4: Measure outside edge of box top; cut trim to this measurement plus 1 inch. Cut the trim one fringe past measurement. Cut last bead off this fringe, and pull off beads, leaving a thread tail.

Step 5: Add double-sided tape to back of ribbon of fringe trim. Pull backing off tape, and catch thread tail in tape. (Note: The thread tail must be secured or beads will pull off.) Place fringe around outside edge of box top.

The ribbon fringe goes on the outside of the lid.

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