Fall Craft Ideas: Tin Pumpkin Storage Box

This easy and adorable tin pumpkin storage box is perfect for filling with candy. Inspired by the Shabby Chic design style, these tin pumpkin storage boxes also make an excellent gift idea.

For this project, you will need:

– Small unfinished wood box with hinged lid (available at most craft stores)

– Medium grit sandpaper

– Soft cloth or tack cloth

– Masking tape

– Scissors

– Clean tin can

– Tin snips

– Small hammer

– Pumpkin shaped stencil

– Fine tipped permanent marker

– Krylon Indoor Outdoor Primer in All-Purpose White

– Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in Pumpkin Orange

– Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in Hosta Leaf

– Green acrylic paint

– Brown acrylic paint

– Artist’s paintbrush

– Paper plate

– Small metal spring

– Hot glue gun with glue sticks.

– Newspaper

Cover your work area with newspaper. Gently “scuff” the outside of the wood box using medium grit sandpaper. Wipe away any wood dust leftover from this process with a soft cloth or tack cloth. Cut a few strips of masking tape to the size of the box lid hinge. Cover the hinge with the tape to prevent overspray during the painting process.

Spray the outside of the wooden box with an even coat of Krylon Indoor Outdoor Primer in All-Purpose White. Allow the primer to set for approximately twenty minutes before adding a second coat. Dry for an hour. Spray the box with Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in Hosta Leaf. Let the paint set for a fifteen to twenty minutes. Add a second coat. Wait a half hour, or until the paint is almost set, before gently sanding random edges and spots around the box. (This will add to the vintage style of the finished box.) Set aside.

Take a clean tin can that has had both ends removed with a can opener and cut up the seam with tin snips. (Use extreme caution as the sharp ends of the tin can cause serious injury.) Gently flatten the tin sheet with a small hammer.

Using a fine tipped permanent marker to traced the pumpkin shape onto the box. Cut out the shape from the tin. Sand the edges of the tin with medium grit sandpaper to smooth. Prime the pumpkin shape with Krylon Indoor Outdoor Primer in All-Purpose White. Dry for ten minutes before painting the shape with Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in Pumpkin Orange. Dry overnight.

Apply a bit of green and brown acrylic paint to the paper plate. Add additional details to the pumpkin shape with an artist’s paintbrush. Dry completely. Spray the metal spring with Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in Hosta Leaf. Allow the paint to dry for an hour or longer.

Remove the masking tape from the hinges on the box lid. Hot glue the spring to the back of the pumpkin shape. Dry, and attach the other end of the spring to the top of the box. Allow the glue to set completely.

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