Since we’re staying in this year, I’ve kept our Halloween decorating to a bare minimum. This easy to make Pumpkin Face Shadow Box can be made in 30 minutes or less and can easily be changed out for each season.

Lighted Pumpkin Face Shadow Box

It’s time for the September Pin Challenge! The purpose of the Pinterest Challenge is to motivate us to not just pin, but to make it happen! This month’s challenge is all about Pumpkins or Halloween. Since I made a DIY Fall Fabric Pumpkin last month, I decided to do a simple Halloween craft for this month’s challenge. The pin that inspired this craft can be found here –>> Framed Pumpkins.

Pumpkin Face Shadow Box

Before I get to the ‘how-to’ of this project, I want to tell you why I love these shadow box crafts. Shadow boxes can be reused and only the inserts need to be changed out. This makes it one of the easiest and fastest ways to update your home decor each season. Also, the inserts don’t take up much storage space, so that’s a plus too.

Since I love shadow box decorating, I purchased a 3 pack of 8″ x 8″ frames from Michaels Craft Stores and use one with a beach theme (fits my home decor) for the majority of the time and the other two I change out from time to time with each season. You can see some examples below…

Summer Sea Watercolor Background Art

Here’s a summer shadow box example.

St. Patrick's Day Art

Here’s a St. Patrick’s Day Shadow Box. This shadow box was displayed with a collage of frames at our entryway and is constantly being changed out for each season. For Halloween, this will be the spot for our new Pumpkin Face Shadow Box.

lighted pumpkin face shadow box

Pumpkin Face Shadow Box - Easy Halloween Decor

Yield: 1
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Inexpensive and Easy Halloween Decor using paper, tissue, a shadowbox, and (optional) mini LED lights. How to make a Pumpkin Face Shadow Box in 30 minutes or less.


  • 1 - 8"x 8" Shadow Box
  • card stock paper in your color choice
  • tissue paper in your color choice
  • tape
  • wood twig (optional for pumpkin stem)
  • mini LED lights (I used purple)


  • Tools if using a cut machine:
  • cut machine
  • paper trimmer
  • pumpkin face pattern
  • Tools if cutting by hand:
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • scissors or Exacto knife (adults only)


  1. pumpkin face shadowbox paper cutting Using a paper trimmer, cut the card stock paper to fit into the 8" x 8" shadow box frame. Use the scissors to cut the tissue paper to the same size. If you don't have a paper trimmer, use a scissor to cut both.
  2. pumpkin face cut out Use a pumpkin face pattern from your cut machine design store or create your own to fit onto the 8" x 8" paper and cut out. If you don't have a cut machine, you can draw on a face by hand and cut with a scissors/Exacto knife. Use a ruler to help guide the Exacto knife if needed.
  3. insert pumpkin face shadowbox papers Remove the insert of the shadow box frame and place the cut pumpkin face and tissue paper into the frame.
  4. Pumpkin face LED lights Optional - If you want the pumpkin face to be illuminated, take the LED lights and tape it onto the shadow box insert and place it back into the frame.
  5. Lit pumpkin face shadow box Optional - Cut a twig to create a small pumpkin stem and place it on top of the frame. I don't glue it, since I constantly reuse the frame for each season, but you can glue it in place if you like.


  • Single packs of LED mini lights can be purchased at most craft stores.
  • Shadow boxes were purchased at Michaels craft stores in a 3 pack.

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For more Pinterest inspired projects from this month’s Pinterest Challenge hosts, check out the links below ↓

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My Pinterventures  •  Cookies Coffee and Crafts  
Farm Girl Reformed  •  Slices of Life •  Sew Crafty Crochet
Decorate and More with Tip  •  Purple Hues and Me
Life Beyond Kitchen  •  Mom Home Guide
  Our Good Life  •  Sum of their Stories

Now, let’s see what the other hosts have created ⇓⇓

September Pin Challenge 2020 - Pumpkins & Halloween

Host projects for the September Pin Challenge. Theme was pumpkins and/or Halloween.

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  1. That is adorable! I am really having fun with decorating various shadow boxes too. So far I’ve only made one for Valentine’s day and a few for Christmas though. Cute idea with the lights too. Pinned.