How to Make a Pumpkin Paper Basket

David Claerr, Jennifer Claerr

Things You'll Need

  • Printer paper
  • Construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Black permanent marker
  • Colored pencils
  • Glue stick

If you want some extra decorations for your Halloween party but are running low on cash, you only need some creativity and basic crafting supplies to fill the gap. This pumpkin paper basket craft project is very simple and inexpensive to make. Most people who do crafts often probably have all of the materials on hand. This is an excellent project to keep kids busy and happy while they wait for Halloween to come.

Print the pumpkin paper basket template included with this step. You must click on the image to see the printable version. Cut the template on the solid lines with scissors, using a ruler to keep the cuts straight.

Place the template over a piece of orange construction paper. Trace around the cut areas with a pencil, and also trace around the outer edge of the template. Lift up the tabs to trace along the adjacent sides. Cut out the orange construction paper along the pencil lines.

Use the template as a guide to find where to fold the orange construction paper. Fold along each edge on the center square, and fold over each tab.

Draw two pumpkins on a piece of white construction paper. Draw jack-o'-lantern features, a stem and pumpkin striations in black permanent marker. Color in the pumpkins with red, orange and yellow pencil. Use the pencils to create shading along the striations of the pumpkin to make it look more dimensional. Paste the jack-o'-lanterns to two of the sides of the paper basket with a glue stick.

Cut out two cat faces from black construction paper. Make sure the faces are somewhat heart-shaped and have two pointed ears at each upper corner. Draw four almond-shaped eyes and two semi-circular noses on white construction paper. Color the eyes green and the nose pink with colored pencils, then cut them out. Paste these to the cat faces, then paste the cat faces to the two remaining sides of the basket.

Glue each tab to the back of the side next to it with a glue stick. Cut a strip of orange construction paper which is about 9 inches long and 1 inch wide. Glue it to the inside of the pumpkin paper basket. If you're planning a Halloween party, make several of these baskets. Fill them with candy, toys or Halloween potpourri.


  • Use tape to hold the basket together while the glue is drying. The basket will be delicate, so store it on a shelf rather than putting it in a container with other objects. You can also use colored construction paper for the pumpkin and cat features.