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Good morning, friends!

Last year was our first Halloween in this house.   I made those cute Frankenstein buckets for the kids in our court.   There were four kids.   We’ve had a kiddie population explosion this year and now there are TWELVE kids under age 12 in our court.   They’re all nice kids and always watch for the cars.   So, I am treating them again this year.

This year I made pumpkin buckets.   These are so easy to make and I’m going to show you!

You’ll need:

3″ nestie or 3 1/4″ nestie (either will work) ~ cut two (orange cardstock)

1¼ x 1⅜” heart nestie ~ cut three  (medium- dark green cardstock) – embossed with swiss dots embossing folder

Orange cardstock cut to 5 x 4 1/4″ – scored at 1 1/2″ on all four sides

Word window punch from medium to dark brown cardstock (cut in half) – embossed with swiss dots

1/8″ x 5″ piece of the same green cardstock – curled around a skinny pencil or paint brush

1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of green cardstock for handle

two 1/2″ black circle punches

medium oval punch – white cardstock – cut in 1/2 long way

medium oval punch – black cardstock – cut in 1/2 long way ( cut a small ‘chip’ out of the rounded side.)

2 small brads (any color)

2 medium googlie eyes




sticky tape or scor tape


Ok, here we go!

Step 1:   slice off a small portion of the circle nesties that you cut to create a flat bottom for your pumpkin.

Step 2:  Using the nestie that you used to cut the circles as a guide, create ridges in the pumpkin as shown below.   Then take your orange and dark orange ink and sponge some texture on to the front facing circle only.



Step 3: Create box as described above.  Cut up on the 5″ side to create tabs (see pic).   Place in cutter as shown below and cut approximately 1/2″ off each tab.  Repeat on opposite side.



Step 4:  Add strong adhesive to the tabs and form box.

Step 5: Add strong adhesive to the front and back of box (2″ side).   Set aside.


Step 6: Add handle to box.   Punch hole in sides of box and ends of 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ strip.   Push brad through from the inside so that there is nothing to poke little hands.   After you spread the tines on the outside, cover with 1/2″ black circle punches.   (** I always tell the parents that these boxes contain small parts**)

Step 7:  Sponge the heart shaped cut outs with darker green ink to highlight.  Cut one entirely in 1/2 for the leaf.  Cut the other two up the center 1/2 way to create the pumpkin top.

Step 8:  Sponge word window piece with darker brown ink to highlight.

Step 9:  Using strong adhesive, layer the spiral piece, the 1/2 cut word window (pumpkin’s stem), leaf, then the two 1/2 cut hearts at the peak of the pumpkin’s top.  Adhere mouth piece and then center the googlies eyes above the mouth.

Step 10:  Remove sticky tape from box and center front and back of pumpkin on the box.


Decorate with a tag or leave as is.

Holds approximately four to six pieces of candy, depending on size.

Here are my deets:

Stamps:  Gimme Candy from The Witch Is In (Whipper Snapper Designs, Anna Wight, Illustrator)

Colors: Only Orange, GP White, Old Olive, Basic Black

Ink: Versafine Black Onyx, copics, Only Orange, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Tim Holtz tea bag distressing Ink

Accessories: 1/8″ stitched orange ribbon, googlie eyes, brads, oval punch (medium), scalloped oval punch, circle nestie, heart nestie, word window punch, swiss dots embossing folder, 1/2″ circle punch, scor tape, hole punches, sponges


Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed your visit 🙂



10 Responses to “~ Pumpkin Buckets for everyone! ~”

  1. on 02 Oct 2010 at 10:20ChristineCreations

    Oh gee wiz woman…you’re so smart, and these are so sweet….you talk about a kid population explosion, you’re going to make a name for yourself and they’ll be bussing kids in!

  2. on 02 Oct 2010 at 10:24Laurie/virgo5

    These are adorable, the kids will love them!

  3. on 02 Oct 2010 at 11:19Natalie

    Seriously Toy!! the cutest things EVER!!!! thanks for sharing!!!

  4. on 02 Oct 2010 at 11:22Marisa

    They are darling, Holly 🙂 You are going to be everyone’s adopted Auntie! I’m sure they’ll love them!

  5. on 02 Oct 2010 at 12:25Vina

    Hi, I followed your link after seeing this cute pumpkin on SCS. Fabulous tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing it with all of us!!

  6. on 03 Oct 2010 at 10:31Joan Ervin

    OMG, Holly….your little pumpkin buckets are adorable!!!! Thanks for the great tutorial, too…I’ll be making a few of these for my grands!!!

  7. on 03 Oct 2010 at 13:11Theresa W.

    Holly, this project is fabulous!! I love the font on the sentiment. Great job!!

  8. on 03 Oct 2010 at 13:30Crafty Math Chick

    These are ADORABLE Holly! I wish I had the time & energy to make these for all the kids in our neighborhood, but we get about 40 trick-or-treaters since we live in a pretty big community (yes, I am THAT anal that I counted – I am convinced folks drive here and park for their kids to walk around our neighborhood and trick or treat here, LOL!).

  9. on 04 Oct 2010 at 19:39Jerri Kay

    Totally adorable! If my guys were still small, this would be so perfect for a school party!

  10. on 20 Oct 2010 at 07:39Nancy Ward


    Wanted you to know I posted a link to this tutorial today on my blog, PaperFriendly.

    Nancy Ward

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