Friday, August 31, 2012


So, what do you do with some paper mache boxes you have stored, a paint brush and acrylic paints?  Of course, you make Halloween goodies!!
My first project was to paint these little 3" boxes.  I painted the bottoms all black and the tops - one burnt orange, one icky green and one off white.  Then I proceeded to paint the tops in various Halloween characters - Frankenstein, a jack-o-lantern and a skeleton.  I just free-handed these and then went around the edges with the black "stitching". 

These are the tops with a better view of the faces I painted.  I then took the bottom of the boxes which I had painted black and polka dotted them.  I use the rounded, wooden end of my paintbrush to make the dots.  You just need to make sure you have fresh paint because if it has sit out very long, it has a tendency to get thick and you can't make the pretty polka dots.  I used the burnt orange color for the dots.

My next project was using a larger paper mache round box and making a treat container. I painted the top and bottom in a flat black acrylic and polka dotted it just like I did the smaller ones. I then used a black felt witches hat that I purchased at Hobby Lobby for $1.99. I hot glued it to the top of the container. I figured it was worth my time to not have to make one.  

I then added a black tulle and checked trim that I also purchased at HL. I cut a small buckle out of orange felt and glued it on to the hat and added a black pom pom to the tip of the hat. Thinking it needed a little something else, I added the orange and white checked gingham ribbon around the band of the top.

When I finished, I sprayed the boxes with a clear acrylic spray.  (Not the top with the witch's hat on it). 

Two suggestions:  
1) The paper mache takes 2-3 coats of paint to cover. It really absorbs the paint.

2)  If you get hot glue "strings", use your hair dryer and it will melt them quickly.


Till next time, Judy


  1. Very cute - love the polka dots and scary faces! Mary

  2. Oh I especially love the hat box, lol.

    What a great idea, they tell us we will be getting lots of trickers up here, after never having any before at our old place.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  3. Very cute projects, love the treats container with the witch's hat. xo

  4. You are SO talented! I'm amazed that you get so much stuff done and it's adorable stuff. I know how busy you are. I love this fun Halloween stuff! Awesome!

    Hope you have a great weekend!

    Cheery wave from

  5. You have such a good free hand skill when drawing your Halloween tops. Great ideas too. I am following, read your post at Mockingbird Hill Cottage.

  6. I painted boxes year ago and had forgotten all about it.

    I am so glad to see you started a blog. I feel like I know you from hearing about you over at Cozy Little House. I live not too far from Tulsa and would love to meet you and Brenda.

    Take care.

  7. Love the little boxes with faces! So cute, Judy.

  8. These are just adorable! Halloween is such a fun time to decorate and make crafts! Enjoy the weekend!

  9. Perfect inspiration :) and what attention to detail! I admire and congratulate.




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