DIY Paper Pumpkins

I have a quick Fall decor tutorial for you today.  I always have scrapbook paper laying around, so I decided to use a few pieces up while making a few DIY paper pumpkins for my Fall console table.

DIY Paper Pumpkins- a kid friendly Fall craft

All you need is:

Strips of scrapbook paper {12 strips for small, 18 for medium and 24 strips for large}:
1″x12″ for large pumpkins, 3/4″x9″ for medium, and 1/2″x6″ for small

piece of green paper with leaf shapes cut out {one per pumpkin}
a tool that is sharp for poking holes in paper
thick wire {from beading section of craft store} cut into 12″ pieces {one per pumpkin}
scissors or wire cutters

DIY Paper Pumpkins- a kid friendly Fall craft

Take one of your strips of paper and poke a hole in in about half an inch from the end.  If you want, you can poke holes in all of your strips of paper at once….both ends.

DIY Paper Pumpkins- a kid friendly Fall craft

Take one strip of paper and stick one end of your piece of wire through the hole, around the end and through the hole again, twisting it against the patterned side of the paper.  This will be the very bottom of your pumpkin.  Smoosh the wire down as flat as you can so the pumpkin will end up sitting flat.

DIY Paper Pumpkins- a kid friendly Fall craft

DIY Paper Pumpkins- a kid friendly Fall craft

After your wire s secured, string the rest of your paper strips onto the wire.

DIY Paper Pumpkins- a kid friendly Fall craft

Then, lace the wire through all of the other holes in the paper, starting with the non-patterned side.  Pull the wire taught, and slide all of the papers toward the “bottom” of the pumpkin {where you “smooched” the end of your wire}.  The papers should naturally form a curve, with the patterned part of the paper on the outside, and the wire on the inside of the curve.

DIY Paper Pumpkins- a kid friendly Fall craft

Loop the loose end of the wire {at the top of your pumpkin} around the end of the very top strip of paper, to secure the wire and keep the curve of your pumpkin.  I looped mine around the end of the paper and back through the hole, then twisted the ends of the wire to secure.   Then, I poked a hole in one of my leaves and laced the wire through it the same way, securing it down.

DIY Paper Pumpkins- a kid friendly Fall craft

Then I laced the end of the wire through the wire that was wrapped around the end of the leaf, pulling it through halfway.  Twist it once to secure, then loop the end of the wire through that part again, this time NOT pulling it through at all, just securing it.  Now you should have two secure loops sticking out from your leaf.  If you only have enough wire left to do one loop, that’s fine too.

DIY Paper Pumpkins- a kid friendly Fall craft

Cut the ends of each loop, creating four single wires that are emerging from your leaf.  Use a pencil and wrap the wire around tightly to create spirals.  Slowly slide the pencil out.

DIY Paper Pumpkins- a kid friendly Fall craft

DIY Paper Pumpkins- a kid friendly Fall craft

Spread your paper strips out evenly around the wire to create your pumpkin.  If your pumpkin is too round, and you prefer it a bit fatter, spread your paper strips aside so you can get to the wire in the middle. Pinch the wire between your thumb and pointer finger and twist as many times as needed to shorten the wire, which will make your pumpkin more squatty and fat.

DIY Paper Pumpkins- a kid friendly Fall craft

You’ll see in my photos that I used all 1″ strips {12 total} for each pumpkin, no matter what size pumpkin I was making.  The orange one {medium size} ended up not having enough strips of paper.  The yellow one {small} had enough strips, but they were a little too wide.   That’s why I gave you the measurements listed above in the materials list. I finally wised up and made the black pumpkin with 24 strips {alternating between two different black designs}….and that one ended up being my favorite!

DIY Paper Pumpkins- a kid friendly Fall craft

As you can see, this project is pretty easy and hard to mess up.  It’s easy to experiment with too, so if you come up with any other ideas or hints, please share!

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