Surprise everyone with this crafty Jack-in-the box project.
Jack-in-the-Box craft


  • Ice cream tub or any sturdy
    canister or box
  • Spring (diameter ¼ inch)
  • Pingpong ball
  • Permanent markers
  • White acrylic paint
  • Colored poster paint or
    acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Colored paper
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Glue gun
  • For Jack's hair, use any of these: crepe paper, yarn, shredded paper, colored cotton

Safety Tips

  • Keep the glue gun out of children's reach.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.


Step 1 Jack-in-the-Box 1. Find a suitable container for your Jack-in-the-box. An ice cream tub or any sturdy canister or box will do.
Step 2 Jack-in-the-Box 2. Prime the exterior of the container, including the lid, with white acrylic paint. Let the paint dry completely.
Step 3 Jack-in-the-Box 3. Once the paint dries, punch a small hole at the center of the container's bottom.
Step 4 Jack-in-the-Box Ask for an adult's help.4. The spring should be about 3 inches longer than your container's height.
Step 5 Jack-in-the-Box Ask for an adult's help.5. Insert one end of the spring through the hole at the bottom of the container. Apply glue gun adhesive around the end of the spring that juts out from the bottom.
Step 6 Jack-in-the-Box Ask for an adult's help.6. Apply glue gun adhesive around the hole from the inside of the container as well.
Step 7 Jack-in-the-Box Ask for an adult's help.7. Cut a small hole on a pingpong ball just large enough for the spring to get through.
Step 8 Jack-in-the-Box Ask for an adult's help.8. Insert the free end of the spring through the hole on the ball. Fix the ball in place with a glue gun.
Step 9 Jack-in-the-Box 9. Draw a face on the ball using permanent markers. You can make a happy face, a funny face or a sad face. Don't be afraid to give your Jack-in-the-box an interesting character.
Step 10 Jack-in-the-Box 10. Glue on some hair on the head with any of these materials: crepe paper, yarn, colored cotton, or shredded paper. You can make curly hair or straight hair, long or short hair, black or blonde hair. Be creative and try to make an interesting hairstyle.
Step 11 Jack-in-the-Box 11. Cut a 3 to 4-inch length of pipe cleaner and loop both ends to avoid any sharp parts. To make arms for the Jack-in-the-box, twist the pipe cleaner around the portion of the spring just below the head. Pull both ends to fix the pipe cleaner tightly around the spring.
Step 12 Jack-in-the-Box 12. Cut two identical t-shirt shapes on colored paper. Glue the shirts back-to-back onto your character.
Step 13 Jack-in-the-Box 13. If you want to conceal the glue gun adhesive below the head, scrunch up a strip of crepe paper and glue it around the shirt's neckline.
Step 14 Jack-in-the-Box 14. Paint the box exterior and the lid with poster paint or acyrlic paint. You may paint on designs and small details if you wish.
Step 15 Jack-in-the-Box 15. Once everything is dry, bend your character inwards and put the lid on the container.
Step 16 Jack-in-the-Box 16. Give your Jack-in-the-box a try. Open the lid to see Jack jump out of the box!