How to Make Paper Pumpkins for Fall

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  1. These will be perfect for my Halloween party!

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      So glad you like them, Alison! I DID realize however that I shaped the pumpkin leaf incorrectly. I should have googled it first so they looks less like oranges! Ha!

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Thank you SO much, Haeley!!

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Thank you, Suzanne! You’re welcome!!

  2. Jen V says:

    These are so cute! I have a die for my die cut machine that makes those rosettes. I am going to have to try to make some of these this fall. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      What a great idea!! I didn’t even think about that. Thanks, Jen!

  3. Melinda says:

    So fun, and easy!
    Here from Inspire Me Monday.

  4. Laurie says:

    So adorable! Love them! Pinning.
    Thank you for sharing with us at the Brag About It Link Party!

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Thanks for having me again, Laurie!! So fun!

  5. Valerie says:

    Love these so cute and easy!

  6. Ruth Anne says:

    What a darling idea! I can’t wait to make a bunch of these–they are too, too cute!

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Thank you so much, Ruth Anne! They are addicting to make!

  7. Cyndee says:

    Very cute!! Thanks for sharing these on Idea Box!!

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Thanks for having me again, Cyndee!!

  8. These are adorable! They look pretty simple, I may have to try and make them for fall! I would love if you stopped by and shared on my Friday Favorites Link up!

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Thanks, Jennie! I’ll be sure to check it out!

  9. Oh those are great! Easy enough for kids to do, but classy and unique enough that it doesn’t look like a total preschool craft 😉
    Thanks for sharing us at the #HomeMattersParty link party

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      So sweet, Alayna! Thank you!!

  10. Donna Marie says:

    Cute and a way to use up your orange craft papers!!!

  11. Lisa Murphy says:

    So cute but I do wonder – did you glue each circle into a medallion before assembling? Thanks.

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Lisa! I put a spot of glue in the center to hold the medallion in place, then stacked and glued the medallions together. Is that what you mean?

      1. Lisa Murphy says:

        Yes, thank you!

  12. These are so adorable and clever Dinah – pinning now! Looking forward to meeting you in San Diego!

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Thank you, Kimberly for stopping by. I’ll see you soon!!

  13. Debi says:

    Can you please show me a video of you making these as we have been trying for two hours and the shorter strips are not going together. We needed them for Saturday for girl scouts. Thank you

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Debi, are you using two of each strip? The photo with the measurements should be times 2. Let me know if that works!

      1. Debi says:

        Hi. Yes the 11 inch worked fine but when we folded the 9’s and 7 we couldn’t get them in a circle

      2. Debi says:

        Hi. Yes the 11 inch worked fine but when we folded the 9’s and 7 we couldn’t get them in a circle. They gave us construction paper could this be the problem?

      3. Debi says:

        Hi again. I just read the instructions above again. I don’t know why but on the instructions I had I didn’t remember seeing that you have to tape two 7inch strips together. I will pass this on to the leader

        1. Dinah Wulf says:

          Hi Debi, OK, I hope it works out! Let me know. I’d love to see pictures.

  14. Vanessa Mc. says:

    hi there. ive been trying this for table decorations at our thanksgiving feast amd the inch part s really getting to me! it is so hard for me haha
    anyways if theres any tips that would be awesome! thanks a bunch-vanessa

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Vanessa! Make sure you double the the chart, so make two of each strip and tape them together.

  15. Joann says:

    Such a cute idea!!

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Thank you, Joann!! XOXO

  16. Paula says:

    This is such a cute craft! I just tested it out and found the whole “medallion” step quite confusing. A video or more explicit instructions on that part would be very helpful!

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Paula, thank you! Once you have the two pieces of paper together, you now have a circle. Gently bring the center together by pushing down (it doesn’t matter which side you push). It will naturally form the medallion. With one hand hold the medallion together. With the other hand, dab hot glue in the center. Place the hot glue gun down and hold the medallion together with both hands for a few seconds until the hot glue dries. Viola! You have a medallion. I hope this helps!

      1. Paula says:

        Thanks for your clarification, Dinah! I figured out that I was making my accordian folds too large so the paper wasn’t wanting to naturally go into the medallion. Once I made the folds about 1 cm wide, everything came together much easier.

        Some recommendations I have for other teachers or group leaders planning to do this activity with children: 1. a second set of adult hands would really be helpful; 2. the hot glue takes a lot longer to dry than my students have patience to wait. I will have to glue AND hold the medallions until they dry. My students just don’t have the fine motor skills for this.

        Therefore, I’m going to do this activity over three days with my class. On Day 1, we will fold and tape all of the strips. After school, I will hot glue all of the medallions. On Day 2, we will assemble all of the pieces together into the pumpkins. I will apply the hot glue and the students can hold the pieces together until they dry. On Day 3, we will add stems and leaves, which I will glue and let the students hold together until dry. I’m very excited to do this cute craft with my class. I know they are going to love it!

        1. Dinah Wulf says:

          Awesome! Great modifications. I’m so glad you like it and I’m very humbled and honored that you are doing it in class!! Thanks again, Paula!

  17. Brooke Feldhouse says:

    This is missing lots of information to make these. The size that you suggest for cutting the strips doesn’t not lend its self to being pushed down to form the medallion. You should make a video so that I am convinced that this can be done…because hot glue gun burns latter and I have a big mess…..no pumpkins. Make a video!!! Please

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Brooke! So sorry you are having trouble. I’ve made many of these and the instructions should work. Maybe you can explain in detail what trouble you are having and I can try to help? Let me know!

  18. Adri Wilford says:

    Super cute dinah! I have to get ready for fall, so your tutorial found me at the right time! I wonder if i could get my kids involved…. – maybe they could draw on the paper before using it? What do you think!

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Adri! Awesome! Depending on the age of your kids, I think they would be able to make their own! Drawing or coloring the paper would be fun too!

  19. Amy says:

    what size are you making the accordian score lines? ie distance between valley and fold?

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Amy, I didn’t measure but I would guess about 7/8 inch.

  20. Erica says:

    Seriously terrible instructions

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hey Erica, Thanks for the feedback. I encourage both positive and negative so that I can make sure this post is clear and easy to do. What are you having problems with? Maybe I can help. Let me know.

  21. Nikki says:

    My layers are all pretty much the same size…thoughts?

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Nikki! Did you tape the two lengths together? That part is easily missed sometimes.

    2. Becky says:

      Mine are too, Nikki. I find that the medallions don’t stack well, and the final product looks more like a pineapple.

      1. Dinah Wulf says:

        Hi Becky! I ended up making better directions in the Christmas version. People were getting confused because of the photo instructions. Here is a better tutorial: https://www.diyinspired.com/diy-paper-christmas-ornaments/ I hope this helps!

  22. Jodie says:

    Hi Dinah. Thanks for sharing your lovely paper pumpkins tutorial. Our readers will enjoy it. I’ve included your post in our Top 10 Halloween Crafts roundup. https://craftylikegranny.com/halloween-crafts/ Cheers Jodie 🙂

  23. Carrie says:

    I cut all my strips to the measurements you gave. I was unable to make the 9″ and 7″ strips into the medallion forms. My tape either broke away or I was unable to flatten. Looks more like a teepee. I followed all instructions. Just wondering what I was missing.

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Carrie! Did you make 2 strips of the 7 and 9? I ended up making better directions in the Christmas version. People were getting confused because of the photo instructions. Here is a better tutorial: https://www.diyinspired.com/diy-paper-christmas-ornaments/ I hope this helps!

  24. Ginger says:

    This was not an easy project. The medallion instructions are not clear. My granddaughter & I gave up. I’m glad we used scrap paper. They are cute like you have them but just didn’t come together like your instructions–maybe a video would have been better. Thank you though.

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Ginger! So sorry you and your granddaughter had a tough time. I ended up writing better instructions in this Christmas version. Maybe try these: https://www.diyinspired.com/diy-paper-christmas-ornaments/

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