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Making a Cardboard Halloween Pumpkin and Ghost

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Skip the mess of carving a pumpkin and reuse some of your empty tissue or multipack food boxes to create these cute lighted decorations for the holiday. This is a page about making a cardboard Halloween pumpkin and ghost.


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Are you on a budget this Halloween? Or want a mess free way of carving a pumpkin? You can recycle any cardboard boxes you may have laying around. I was able to make this pumpkin and ghost carving with an X-acto knife. Inside you can use a flashlight or LED candle.

Total Time: 20 minutes + drying time


  • cardboard boxes
  • X-acto Knife
  • acrylic paint
  • paint brush
  • Sharpie or pen
  • flash light or LED candle light


  1. Using a pen or Sharpie, draw on your design. For the smaller box (tissue box), I made a pumpkin face. Then carefully cut it out with an X-acto knife.
  2. Use the same concept with the next design, mine is just a simple ghost drawn on and carefully cut out.
  3. Ready to paint! Allow to dry overnight.
  4. Ready to put a light or LED candle light inside and place in the dark. Perfect for an inexpensive Halloween indoor party decoration, or can be used outdoors!
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Crafts Halloween DecorationsNovember 1, 2018
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