For Halloween make a paper pumpkin box the quick and easy way! It takes only a few minutes to make an origami pumpkin box with a lid, and then you can decorate it to make it look really scary.

This pumpkin box is my newest origami model. It is very easy to make, and everyone can make it, even young kids and origami beginners. The folds are easy, and they do not have to be precise. For this model, you can fold very quickly. It’s what I call quick and dirty origami, or messy origami.

With messy origami, not only will you be able to make a pumpkin very quickly, but it will be different from all other pumpkins. Just like in real life when you go to the pumpkin patch!

To make an origami pumpkin box with a lid, you will need two square pieces of paper. One is for the bottom of the box, and the other is… (will you guess?) … for the top.

The top of the pumpkin box has a stem that you can use to lift the lid.

In the video I use 15×15 cm squares of paper (about 6×6 inches). You can use larger paper to make larger pumpkins.

Any paper will do (I use very cheap orange origami paper which looks like copy paper). The paper does not need different colors on each side, but you can use duo paper as only one side will show.
If you do not have orange paper, you can use white copy paper (A4 or letter), and color one side with pencils, crayons, ink, paint etc.
If you use glossy origami paper like kami, it could be more difficult to draw the eyes, nose and mouth of the pumpkin, depending on what you plan to draw with.

Once you have folded your pumpkin box, you can use it to store small pieces of candy, or you can try to turn it into a Jack O’Lantern lantern by putting a LED light in it (no real candles of course!).

I hope you will like this origami pumpkin, please share it, comment, and send me pictures of the pumpkins you make! I will add them to the web site, and I will show some of them in my next videos, just like I did at the end of this one.

Important: this pumpkin box is an original origami model by Stéphane Gigandet. Please do not make videos, diagrams, how-tos or tutorials that show how to fold the pumpkin box, and instead point to this video. Thank you.

If you like this pumpkin box, also try my other Halloween origami models:

Simple Halloween Pumpkin:

Very Easy Ghost:

Happy Halloween and Happy Folding! 🙂



  1. Do you like "quick and dirty" origami / messy origami? 🙂

  2. I've got a new version of this origami in "pure origami" that uses 2 colors paper in order to make the eyes, teeth and nose. Try it and let me know what you think!

  3. By the way, if you're using paper with color on one side, start with the color you want facing down.

  4. A fun model to do with kids: a skull you can color like a Mexican calavera!

  5. Thank you so much ow i have a awsome pumpkin full of candy

  6. U said it is quick and easy but it's really long and hard

  7. I hate it its soo hard to make and I am very mad cuz mine turned out like a poop 🙁

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