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How to Make a Witchy Halloween Decoration Out of a Pizza Box

Loraine enjoys making crafts and sharing the projects she’s developed. Her crafts include pictured, step-by-step tutorials and templates.

This DIY halloween decoration is cheap and easy to make at home.

This DIY halloween decoration is cheap and easy to make at home.

Greet your Halloween guests with a flying witch sign featuring bats, a full moon, twinkling stars, and a written greeting.

This pizza box Halloween greeting, which reads, "Witching You a Happy Halloween," may be just the project you are looking for. The best part of making this witch greeting is that you'll have to order pizza to get the box. Talk about a great craft idea!

Supplies List

  • Pizza box
  • Craft paint
  • Brush
  • Witch and bats silhouette (copy)
  • Happy Halloween greeting (copy)
  • Construction paper: black, yellow
  • Clear light set (10 lights)
  • Tape
  • Wire or cord for hanging
If you have time, coat the pizza box twice so that any images printed on it don't show through in the finished craft.

If you have time, coat the pizza box twice so that any images printed on it don't show through in the finished craft.

1. Paint the Pizza Box

Please ignore the extra pizza box in the background. It causes confusion, I know. Using the 5/8" flat brush and the Dark Night Blue craft paint, give the bottom of the pizza box a coat of paint, making sure to paint the sides also. I closed the box, painting the front and side areas that were visible. One coat of paint covered, but if you have time you could give the box a second coat of paint. Let it dry. The lid, or top of the box, hangs against the wall so it doesn't need to be painted.

Arrange your printed images on the pizza box to get the layout you want for this decoration.

Arrange your printed images on the pizza box to get the layout you want for this decoration.

2. Arrange the Silhouettes and Greeting

Print out the witch silhouette copy and the greeting copy. Draw a 9" circle on yellow construction paper. Cut out the witch from black construction paper. Layer a piece of black and one of yellow paper for cutting out the bats. Cut apart the greeting words. Arrange your pieces on the painted pizza box. The open end of the box should be to the top.

Tracing before you paint helps your lettering look clean in the finished craft.

Tracing before you paint helps your lettering look clean in the finished craft.

3. Trace and Paint the Greeting

Use white or light colored wax tracing paper to trace the greeting on the painted pizza box. Using the #0 round brush, paint the greeting over the traced letters. Paint the greeting with white paint. I added a line of yellow alongside the white for a shadow effect, but it's hard to see.

Since the bats are on a dark background, offsetting them with orange helps make them more visible.

Since the bats are on a dark background, offsetting them with orange helps make them more visible.

4. Glue the Silhouettes on the Box

Glue the witch silhouette to the round moon shape. Glue the black bat shape to the yellow bat shape, off setting a bit, and then glue the bats to the box. The yellow makes the black bats show against the dark background of the box.

Wire, cord, or thread may be used to hang the pizza box.

Wire, cord, or thread may be used to hang the pizza box.

5. Add Wire or Cord for Hanging

I shadowed my white letters with a bit of gold paint...this is optional. Thread a piece of wire or a cord through the top of the box for hanging the witch's greeting. You can be finished now if you don't want to use lights.

Adding yellow or gold shadow to your lettering helps it stand out.

Adding yellow or gold shadow to your lettering helps it stand out.

6. Add the String Lights

Using the tip of scissors, punch ten holes in the box for stars. I touched up around the holes with a bit of the blue paint.

Tape the individual lights behind the holes you punched so that they glow when plugged in.

Tape the individual lights behind the holes you punched so that they glow when plugged in.

8. Place the Lights Behind the Holes

Position the lights near the holes and tape them down. It works better to use freezer tape to tape the lights down. Scotch tape isn't strong enough.

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7. Make a Hole for the Plug

Make a crosscut in the center bottom of the pizza box. Thread the plug through the hole.

This is the completed craft with the lights turned on.

This is the completed craft with the lights turned on.

Lighted Halloween Greeting

You're finished and can now enjoy your lighted Halloween greeting. Wasn't that easy?

© 2012 Loraine Brummer