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Paper Pumpkins Craft | Decorate for Fall

Paper Pumpkins Craft | Decorate for Fall
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It’s pumpkin season!  These easy-to-make paper pumpkins can be hung as decoration for Halloween as well as Thanksgiving.

The paper pumpkins are made from strips of orange paper that are attached with small metal brads.  You can tie string around the brads to hang the pumpkins wherever you like such as stair banisters, window frames, mantels, door frames, and even from the ceiling!  When it’s time to pack up the autumn decorations, you can either leave the pumpkins in their globe forms, or you can flatten them out to their original form (See the photo “Steps for making Paper Pumpkin Orbs”–the second photo shows the pumpkins in their flat form).  If you live in a small space without much storage you will appreciate this paper pumpkins craft as you can make many of them and still fit them all in a plastic sandwich bag when you are done with them.  Their compact forms also allow you to mail them to someone — if you have kids in college they are a festive addition to Halloween care packages.

Paper Pumpkin Orbs hanging in the window
Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
Paper Pumpkin Orbs hanging in the window

Materials Needed for Paper Pumpkins

  • Plain orange scrapbook paper sized 8 1/2′ x 11″ .  Each sheet of orange paper will make  6 pumpkins.
  • 1 sheet of green paper
  • Tape
  • String
  • Small metal brads
  • A tack
Steps for making Paper Pumpkin Orbs
Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
Steps for making Paper Pumpkin Orbs

Instructions to Make Paper Pumpkins

  1. Trim the orange paper into 1/2 ” x 4″ size strips.
  2. Gather 7 of the strips into your hand and layer them , one on top of the other.
  3. Push a tack through the bottom of the strips.
  4. Insert a brad into the tack hole and push it through all the layers.  Fold back the metal tabs of the brad on the other side.
  5. Now push a tack through the top of the strips.  Insert another metal brad through this hole and fold back the tabs of the brad to secure it in place.
  6. You will now have a stack of 7 paper strips with a brad securing them at the top and at the bottom.
  7. Pull three to four of the paper strips around so that you create an “0” shape, like a bracelet.
  8. Then slide the paper strips out and around, into an orb shape.  It’s common for the paper strips to be tight, but be patient and persistent if this happens.
  9. Once you have adjusted the strips to create an orb, tie a piece of thin string to the top of the brad.  It helps to push the brad up a little to create a space for the string to go around the underside of the brad.
  10. Tie a knot to secure the string to the brad.
  11. Roll a small piece of green paper into a tube shape and tape it into place.
  12. Slip the green tube over the string and this will fall onto the pumpkin to create a stem.
  13. Now hang the pumpkin where you like!
Paper Pumpkin Orbs hanging in the window
Photo/Art by Bonnie Thomas
Paper Pumpkin Orbs hanging in the window




Bonnie Thomas


Bonnie Thomas


Bonnie Thomas shares her ideas and instructions for simple Yankee crafts. Bonnie Thomas works full time as a child and family therapist in Southern Maine and is also an established artist and author. She has published two books via Jessica Kingsley Publishing, titled Creative Coping Skills for Children: Emotional Support Through Arts and Crafts Activities and Creative Expression Activities for Teens: Exploring Identity Through Art, Craft and Journaling. Don't miss her latest book, How to Get Kids Offline, Outdoors, and Connecting With Nature
Updated Monday, October 21st, 2013
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