26th Aug2015

How to Make Paper Pumpkins for Fall

by Dinah Wulf
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Paper Pumpkins How To

These little pumpkins are so much fun to make. It’s a fun Fall craft you can do with your kids or a great adult craft to spruce up your mantel or table decor. You can try it with different colored papers in different patterns as well. Here’s my step by step tutorial for how to make paper pumpkins for fall.


I chose these colorful Astrobrights papers. For each pumpkin you need two 8.5”X11 sheets.

Paper Pumpkins

Cut each piece of paper vertically into five 1.5” wide strips.

Paper Pumpkins from Scrap Paper

Then cut each strip into one 7”, two 9”, and keep the remaining two at 11”. Remember, you need two sets for one pumpkin. So each pumpkin is two pieces of paper – two 7”, four 9”, and four 11” strips.

Tutorial for DIY Paper Pumpkins

Fold each piece into accordion strips. Pictured here is one sheet of paper.

Accordion Paper Fall Craft

Next tape the two sets and same lengths together with double sided tape and form a circle.

Paper Medallions for Pumpkins

You will end up with one circle from the 7” strips, two circles from the 9” strips, and two circles from the 11” strips.

Paper pumpkin tutorial

Create the 7” medallion by gluing with a hot glue gun. Just place a small dab in the center and hold a few seconds until it is dry.

Paper Pumpkins from Paper Medallions

Next, glue each medallion together respectively starting with the 7” on top, then 9”, then 11”, then 11”, then 9” on the bottom.

Paper Pumpkins Tutorial

Hot glue a stick, paper leaves, and twine on the top of your pumpkin.

Mini Paper Pumpkin How To

Here are a few AFTER photos!

Paper Pumpkins for Fall DIY Inspired

Paper Craft Pumpkins for Fall

How to Make Paper Pumpkins

Use them to decorate for Halloween or Thanksgiving.  You can play around with the sizes, colors, and patterns.  Group a few together at a kid’s table, adult’s dinner table, or on your fireplace mantel.

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Dinah Wulf
Dinah is a craft, home décor, & DIY Blogger for www.diyinspired.com, a creative blog promoting repurposing through reinvention. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. Formerly an educator at CSUF and business owner, she now is a full time writer, Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, Real Simple Lifestyler, and a member of Martha’s Circle. She has blogged for multiple websites including Angie's List, Fix.com, Home Made Simple, and Sprout Online and has been published in a few magazines and ebooks. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Buzzfeed.
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