It’s almost that time of year – when the ghouls and ghosts come out to haunt us and trick or treaters visit. With Halloween fast approaching, we’ve been exploring some of our favourite cardboard craft projects with used packaging to make spooky decorations, creepy costumes and petrifying haunted houses. We’ve selected some of our favourites and detailed them below, so round up any leftover packaging and get crafting!
All Hallows’ Eve?
You don’t have long to get your decorations up, pumpkins carved and costumes crafted! This ancient day dates back over 2,000 years, where it was celebrated as a Celtic festival called Samhain to mark the end of Summer. It was believed that it was at this time of year when the space between the world of the living and the dead blurred, and spirits would crossover at this supernatural time. Originally known as ‘All Hallows Eve’, over time the name evolved into ‘Halloween’ as we know today.
It’s more popular than ever too, with an estimated 25%* of us carving pumpkins and spending over £25million on them across the UK. But if you have any leftover packaging around, we know the value of a good cardboard box and after use they are great for craft projects. You can make some impressive Halloween decorations (even a cardboard pumpkin!) with some basic craft materials and a bit of creativity to save money and reuse materials.
Spooky decorations for your home
With a few cardboard boxes, some tape, glue and cutters there are no end of creations you can craft to add a spooky feel to your home. We’ve selected a few of our favourites below and listed the instruction videos so you’ve got everything you need to get started!
Cardboard Pumpkin Head
If you want a spooky pumpkin but don’t want to carve up a fresh one then take a look at this brilliant cardboard alternative. Taking a couple of cardboard boxes, you can cut out the entire shape from cardboard with a knife and then glue these together to make the impressive pumpkin head shape. Once you have it constructed, you can decorate with a bright orange paint and any other creepy decorations. Place a sheet of crinkled foil inside and you can illuminate it with an electric candle light for your very own jack-o’-lantern made from packaging!
Spooky Sweet Dispenser
For something a little simpler, this sweet dispenser made from a cardboard box by Box Yourself is a great little craft project to add a creepy vibe to your treats this Halloween. It’s easy to do and you only need a cardboard box, some paints, glue and a cutter to craft some facial features. It’ll be a great addition to any house this Halloween.
For a haunting outdoor decoration take a look at these striking cardboard tombstones. So simple to make by taping a few sheets of cardboard and newspaper. Once you have the structure made, you can paint and decorate, adding creepy fun messages on the front for all to see when they approach your door.
PET-rifying Haunted Houses
Finally for the pet lovers out there (and we have quite a few in the office!) we love these cardboard haunted pet houses. We’ve listed a couple of our favourites below, whether you have a dog or a cat you can make a great little home for your furry friend with a spooky feel.
The DIY haunted dog house simply takes a few cardboard boxes, a bit of crafting and sticking to bring together a single or multi story haunted pet house. For decoration, you can be as creative as you like with pens and paints – they’ve even added cobwebs in the video below.
If you’re a cat lover, then this PET-rifyingly cute house takes a large and a medium sized cardboard box and turns them into an impressive structure. In the video they add roof tiles, shutters, gnarled trees and fencing with extra pieces of cardboard and paper which really enhances the spooky feel.
Please do let us know of any favourite Halloween craft projects of your own, post them in the comments below and we’ll be sure to take a look. If you’re a regular user of packaging and cardboard boxes and need any advice selecting and purchasing packaging, then our team of Packaging Specialists will be happy to help and answer and questions you might have. Simply visit www.rajapack.co.uk or contact our team on 0800 542 44 28, or firstname.lastname@example.org.