Happy (almost) fall y’all! Although, in my world, when Starbucks releases the beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte it’s officially fall. So, to celebrate one of the best times of the year we are going to do a few DIY Fall Decorations. Specifically, a Paper Pumpkin Step-By-Step DIY Tutorial. This is a super cute, fun craft for the fall that is simple, basic and even something that little kids can manage to do.
In today’s tutorial, we have TWO sizes of pumpkins to choose from.
I am going to show you how to make a Mini Pumpkin first and then a Larger Paper Pumpkin design. If you are using a cutting machine, you can conveniently make these in a lot of different sizes, and the templates I provide come with (2) pdf files if you are cutting these by hand.
Paper Pumpkin Step-By-Step DIY Tutorial
- 65-pound card stock
- Glue gun
- Templates – try the one for free here or download the full version
- Scissors or cutting machine
- Wire (optional)
Mini Paper Pumpkins
Cut out your templates. You will have the leaves, stem and pumpkin.
To get started making the pumpkin, you are going to choose one of the points and add glue. Overlap the point with one next to it and repeat the process with all 7 sides of the pumpkin. For the last piece, it may not come together perfectly (don’t worry, pumpkins aren’t perfect anyway). Give it a little squeeze to make contact in the center and it will pop back up. Set aside to make room for the stem.
Your stem piece should be about 6 inches long and 1 ½ inches wide. Use your fingers to roll the paper all the way up until you achieve the desired thickness for your stem. You can add glue while rolling the paper to make sure it stays tight and won’t unroll. I like to make the top a little uneven so to look more like a stem rather than a piece of paper, but that is optional.
Next, take the 2 leaves (or 3 if you prefer) and glue each leaf on one side of the stem at the base. Fold each leaf out so that you create a base to add glue to in order to adhere it to the top of the pumpkin.
Add glue to each leaf and the stem area and press it onto the top center of the pumpkin. Press your leaves down because that’s going to stabilize the stem. Give it a little push down and it will pop back up. This will help the glue make good contact.
The mini pumpkin is all finished! Enjoy!
Extra Large Paper Pumpkin
Cut out your templates (find the full version here)
- 7 pumpkin pieces
- 1-7 sided base
- 1-2 inch circle
- Your preferred number of leaves (at least 2)
Glue each pumpkin piece onto each side of the 7-sided base. This will help keep it even so that when you fold and assemble, the pieces are as even as possible.
Each of the 7 sides represents a place where to glue each one of the pumpkin pieces onto. Pumpkins aren’t perfect by nature, so this does not have to be 100% perfect! I am a perfectionist so I get it, but try not to get too hung up on it.
Take your circle template and fold each pumpkin piece up. Then add glue to place it onto the circle. Think of it like you are adding a slice of pie to the circle! You may notice when you get to the last couple of pieces, you may have to glue it slightly uneven and that is fine! Make sure to hold the last piece for a second so that it doesn’t pop open. This is going to make the pumpkin authentic looking! Pumpkins are oval, squashed, sometimes lop-sided, so it will be realistic.
For the stem, you will need a 6 by 2 inches piece of paper. Simply repeat the process from the mini pumpkin.
Repeat the process with the leaves, gluing 2 or 3 around the base of the stem. This will provide a solid foundation to add glue and stick to the top of the pumpkin. Remember to fold down the leaves!
Step 5 (optional)
Take a few pieces of wire (18/20/22 gauge) about 6-7 inches long. Twist a few them together, even at different lengths if you prefer. Fan them out a little bit and glue any extra leaves with the wire sandwiched in between 2 of them. You can also wrap the wire around your finger to create a corkscrew vine coming off the branch of leaves.
Once you are happy with the vine, loop it around the stem of the pumpkin and you are done!
I hope this project makes it easy and exciting to go pumpkin crafting crazy! I can’t wait to see your creations!
Step-By-Step Video Tutorial
If you prefer, watch the video for this Paper Pumpkin Step-By-Step DIY Tutorial. Turn your volume up for instructions!
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