How to Make an Easy Paper Pumpkin

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    How to Make an Easy Paper Pumpkin

    Easy Paper Pumpkin
    Kate Pullen

    This is an easy paper pumpkin to make. The three dimensional round pumpkin is made from strips of paper that are fastened together. The strips are formed into a pumpkin shape and it is simple to make the paper pumpkin larger or smaller by adjusting the length and width of the paper strips. Use orange paper to create a pumpkin look or use different colors for an unusual effect. We rubber stamped the paper with a terracotta ink to add extra detail to the finished paper pumpkin.

    Materials Required

    • Med...MOREium or heavyweight paper in orange plus a scrap of green paper (to make the paper pumpkin shown you will need enough paper to cut 6 strips which are 12 inches in length and an inch wide)
    • 2 Brads
    • Scissors, pencil, ruler and other craft tools

    See the following pages for a step by step guide.

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    Cut the Paper Into Strips

    Stamp the Paper and Cut it into Strips
    Kate Pullen

    Stamp the paper if required and cut the paper into strips that are about 12 inches in length and an inch wide. The size of the pumpkin can be varied by changing the size of the strips. Different effects can be achieved by using more or fewer strips to form the pumpkin shape.

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    Mark the Center

    Mark the Center
    Kate Pullen

    Mark the center point of each strip of paper. Either punch a hole in the center or pierce a hole with a needle (this will make it easier to push the brads through).

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    Place a Brad Through the Strips

    Place a Brad Through the Strips
    Kate Pullen

    Thread a brad through the hole at the center point of each strip of paper. Carefully fan the paper strips out so they are evenly distributed.

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    Form the Strips of Paper into a Pumpkin Shape

    Form the Pumpkin Shape
    Kate Pullen

    Bend the strips of paper up until a globe shape is formed. Fasten the pieces into place with the second brad.

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    Finish the Pumpkin

    finished pumpkin
    Kate Pullen

    Cut a couple of leaf shapes from the green scrap paper and add this to the top of the pumpkin. Make tendrils by curling a thin strip of paper around a pencil or knitting needle and attach this to the top of the pumpkin for a pretty finishing touch. The pumpkin is now ready to enjoy! Add a piece of thread or string to the top of the pumpkin if you would like to use it as a hanging decoration.