Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere! It seems the internet can’t get enough of pumpkin crafts!

I’ve seen all sorts of clever variations on pumpkin décor, including crocheted, knitted and fabric pumpkins, as well as beautifully painted pumpkins for Halloween and Fall decorating.

Well, not to be out done, I thought I’d put my own recycled twist on pumpkin crafts. I’ve got a great little idea that not only looks cute, it’s practical too!

I love making these very handy Plastic Bottle Gift Boxes whenever I come across an empty Coca Cola bottle. We use them at home to store lots of small items. While I was packing some of Emma’s small LEGO pieces into one, I realized they look a lot like little pumpkins.

These little Plastic Bottle Pumpkins make great gift boxes for Halloween treats or Thanks giving party favours. Fill with small toys, or wrapped candy to give as gifts.

Make them even spookier by adding a Jack-o-Lantern face to the front!

Not only do they make great gift boxes, these mini pumpkins also look good as part of a table settings or centre piece decoration. Use a marker or paint pen to write your guest’s name, for a fun place setting name idea.

I’ve painted mine in tones of orange and brown, but you can get creative and paint your pumpkins any colour you wish.

If you don’t have time to wait for paint to dry, just leave the boxes clear and place an orange napkin inside the gift box instead.

Because photographing clear plastic is kind of difficult, I’ve created both written instructions with pictures, as well as a video showing you how the bottle properly. It’s quite simple really, and once you get the hang of it, you’ll be making these little containers all the time.

You will need:

  • Clean Plastic Coca Cola brand bottle – this shape seems to works best
  • Scissors
  • Rubber band
  • Small hole punch – Smaller hole than regular hole punch is recommended.
  • Wax pencil or marker
  • Orange acrylic paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Brown Felt scrap rectangle 3″ x 0.5″
  • Craft glue

Handy Hint – Try to get hold of a hand held hole punch that makes small holes. I have one that punches tiny heart shapes and it’s perfect for this project. Regular sized hole punches will leave an unsightly large hole where the flaps fold over.

How to:

1. Wash out and dry the plastic bottle. Remove label. Place a rubber band around the narrow part of the bottle base.

2. Mark a line about 1cm (1/2″) from the bottom of the label section.

3. The bottle along the line. Start with a craft and once the hole is big enough, continue cutting with scissors.

4. Coca Cola bottles have 10 ridges around the bottle. Every second ridge down to the rubber band, You will now have 5 little flaps.

5. Remove the rubber band from the bottle base and the corners off each flap. They should now look like little petals.

6. With your hole puncher, punch a hole in the base of each. This helps the flaps fold over each other easier later on.