Wednesday, October 7, 2015

DIY Halloween Paper Pumpkin

Hi, Shannon here from Painting Paris Pink. It's that Spooktacular time of the year again! Yep, Halloween is right around the corner. It's one of my favorite holidays and I do love to decorate for it. I am super excited to be back again as a part of Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams' 13 Days of Handmade Halloween. This year I want to show you how to make an inexpensive and super cute pumpkin out of decorative paper. Make one for Halloween & another for Thanksgiving. These would make a fun addition to your fall table.

Halloween Paper Pumpkins Tutorial

 Let our step by step tutorial show you how to use minimal supplies & time to create a Halloween pumpkin that is sure to delight. Skill Level: Easy Supplies Needed:
  • assortment of Halloween themed scrapbook paper
  • chenille stems (AKA pipe cleaners) - I used brown but wish I had gotten black
  • double sided tape, glue or other adhesive
  • circle cutter, die cut machine OR a circle template and scissors
  • leaf or green paper to cut a leaf
•• NOTES •• I used 8 patterned papers for my 6" pumpkin and 10 patterned papers for my 5" pumpkin. The more papers you use, the fuller your pumpkin will be. 1. Gather your supplies & decide on your pumpkin size (I made one 6" pumpkin & one 5" pumpkin)

Supplies 2

2. Sort your paper into stacks for each pumpkin. Layout your pattern in order of your preference 3. Using your circle cutter, die cut machine or circle template (find some here) cut out your circles for your pumpkin. I love my EK Tools Glass Mat & Circle Cutter)

1st Circle

All Circles

4. Fold your circles in half with the pattern on the inside. Be sure to take note of your pattern as you are folding. Example: if you have a pattern with wording you want to be sure that the fold seam will run lengthwise on your paper.

Fold in Half

5. Using your adhesive (glue, double sided tape, etc), glue your first folded pattern to your 2nd folded pattern. Be sure you are gluing the wrong sides of the paper together •• IMPORTANT •• At this point, hold off on gluing the last paper to the first paper until after the next step

First & Second Layer

6. Before you glue your last 2 pieces (first paper to the last paper) together, use a pair of scissors and cut the bottom off of your papers (be sure to check your patterns before cutting... you don't want to cut off the top and have your patterns upside down). This will ensure that your pumpkin will have a
flat base to sit upon.

   Cut Ends for Bottom

7. Now glue your first and last piece together. You should be left with an accordion style looking

   Accoridan Style Pumpkin

Pumpkin part 1

 8. Fan out your pumpkin and stand it upright. Using a pencil or your finger, wrap the chenille stem (pipe cleaner) around a few times to make a Curly Q. Insert the straight end of the stem down through the center of your pumpkin until the Curly Q rests on the top and trim the excess from the bottom. Add your leaf in the same spot as your stem. You can glue them into place if you'd like.

Leaf & Stem

Finished Pumpkins

Voila! Instant, easy & inexpensive Halloween decor. We hope you enjoyed this tutorial and we'd love to see your version on our Facebook page. Pop on over and share your pics on our page!

Shannon & Katherine
Painting Paris Pink


Thanks, Shannon!  This paper pumpkin idea is totally mantle-worthy and is a perfect way to use up all that extra scrapbook paper that many of us crafty folks have sitting around!  If you're looking for more diy ideas view our Handmade Halloween archives!

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