DIY decor: How to make paper pumpkins for fall

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These little pumpkins are so much fun to make. It's a fun Fall craft you can do with your kids or a great adult craft to spruce up your mantel or table decor. You can try it with different colored papers in different patterns as well. Here's my step by step tutorial forhow to make paper pumpkins for fall.


  • Colored or patterned paper of choice
  • Paper Cutter
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun
  • Sticks
  • Twine
  • Scissors

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DIY decor: How to make paper pumpkins for fall
I chose these colorful Astrobrights papers. For each pumpkin you need two 8.5”X11 sheets.
Cut each piece of paper vertically into five 1.5” wide strips.
Then cut each strip into one 7”, two 9”, and keep the remaining two at 11”. Remember, you need two sets for one pumpkin. So each pumpkin is two pieces of paper – two 7”, four 9”, and four 11” strips.
Fold each piece into accordion strips. Pictured here is one sheet of paper.
Next tape the two sets and same lengths together with double sided tape and form a circle.
You will end up with one circle from the 7” strips, two circles from the 9” strips, and two circles from the 11” strips.
Create the 7” medallion by gluing with a hot glue gun. Just place a small dab in the center and hold a few seconds until it is dry.
Next, glue each medallion together respectively starting with the 7” on top, then 9”, then 11”, then 11”, then 9” on the bottom.
Hot glue a stick, paper leaves, and twine on the top of your pumpkin.
Here is the AFTER photo!

Use them to decorate for Halloween or Thanksgiving. You can play around with the sizes, colors, and patterns. Group a few together at a kid's table, adult's dinner table, or on your fireplace mantel.

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