easy DIY paper pumpkins


For my Harvest Party Collection photo shoot, pumpkins weren’t yet in season so we crafted paper pumpkins in various shapes and sizes. They’re very simple to make and a wonderful kids craft for the Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays. And, if you live in a warm climate like I did when I was a kid, these may be the only pumpkins you’ll get! {grin}

You’ll need:

  • Various shades of orange scrapbook paper (giving the pumpkins variation),
  • Scrapbook brads (to hold the pumpkin together),
  • Raffia (for the vine),
  • Green scrapbook paper (for the leaves),
  • Optional: skinny dowels with hot glue (to make Cinderella pumpkins, insert inside papers and pull top and bottom together as seen below)
  • Optional: white floral wire (hide inside rafia to give your vines dimension and to be able to mold them in any direction you want) 

Easy how to steps: Cut the orange scrapbook paper in various widths and combine colors for interest. Attach the paper with brads at top and bottom. Add a leaf and raffia vine. And if you want a Cinderella pumpkin, cut a small dowel to height and insert it into the center of the pumpkin pulling the papers together with hot glue.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE!

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Kim Byers, creative director & owner of The Celebration Shoppe. Her work has been featured in Parents, Better Homes and Gardens, All You, Pregnancy, iVillage, Huffington Post and many others. Kim is also a contributing writer for Kellogg's Snackpicks and Parade magazine, as well as craft contributor for JoAnn.

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  1. 1

    I’ve always loved this paper pumpkin idea! They make fab Christmas ornaments too!
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  2. 2

    It’s a fabolous idea … I’ll prepare for my home fall decorations!