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Paper crafts for Halloween: MINI PAPER PUMPKINS {TUTORIAL}

Cutting paper, Hallooween's day, Holiday & seasonal crafts, Making flower, Paper crafts  |  September 24th 2011  |  0 Comment

fall is like the Super Bowl of the crafting world. seriously. i think there are more fall crafts than any other season. just sayin. BUT i for one, do not mind one bit!! fall is such a pretty time of year. plus with all the holidays jam packed together, there’s a lot of decorating that needs to be done crafted! haha

today i have a super easy mini paper pumpkins tutorial for you. these pumpkins make a great project for the kiddos. PLUS they are perfect for fall AND halloween…… meaning you can use them for 2 months, instead of 1. yay!  oh and they are sooooo cheap to make….you probably already have all the supplies on hand!

supplies {makes approx 7 mini paper pumpkins}

-12″x12″ sheet of orange cardstock {or you could use pattern paper for a fun twist}

-scraps of green or brown cardstock

-1″ circle punch

-low heat glue gun


cut your 12″x12″ into 2.5″ by 0.5″ strips except for the last 2″x12″ strip. use your 1″ circle punch and cut out 14- 1″ circles.using your glue gun, glue the small strips of paper to the circle, overlapping them slightly. glue strips all the way around the circle. depending on how much you over lap them, it will take between 7 to 10 strips per pumpkin. {i used 9 strips on most of mine.} **if you’re using thick cardstock, you’ll want to bend your strips so that you they make a nice rounded shape. to bend your strips, you can bend the strips indiviudally before you glue them to the circle

OR you can bend them after you’ve glued them to the circle by putting them in your hands and cupping your fingers.take a second 1″ circle and glue the strips underneath with your glue gun.

i found that it worked best to pull the strips up indivudally, place a dot of glue on them, and then press them to the underside of the circle. that helped keep the circles lined up and the pumpkin from being lopsided.the last strip is slightly tricky to press down because my fingers didn’t fit in the small gaps between the strips. so i used a pen to press the last strip into place.this is what your pumpkin should look like. if you want a short, fat pumpkin, you can smash it slightly. or if you want a taller, skinner pumpkin, press the strips together so the circles are pushed away from each other.

using your scraps of green or brown paper {preferrably cardstock}, cut a 0.25 inch by 0.75 inch strip for the stem. bend over a small section so that you can glue the stem to the pumpkin.

Paper crafts for Halloween: MINI PAPER PUMPKINS {TUTORIAL}

if you want to make a little curl for your pumpkin, cut a very thin piece of paper and roll it tightly. then glue the end behind the stem.

these little cuties are fun to place all over your house, in apocarthy jars, hung on a garland or bunting, used as a center piece, or you could even make a cute “Find the Pumpkin” game for your kids! {kind of like an easter egg hunt…..}

~1 sheet of 12″x12″ paper should give you about 7 mini paper pumpkins.

have you started crafting for fall?