I first saw how to make these paper pumpkins at the Creating Keepsakes Convention I attended a few years back. All you need is a couple of brads and a stack of cardstock or patterned paper strips! They can be made into so many things, too:
- Apples, oranges, pomegranates, scoops of ice cream for a paper cone, etc.
- Add a tealight inside and some string and you have a paper lantern
- Christmas tree ornaments
- Add treats to the inside for wedding or party favors
For today, though, I felt like making them into little pumpkins for my craft shelf.
To start, I cut a page of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock into eleven 1″ wide strips. Using a heavy duty hole punch (like Crop-a-Dile brand) I stacked them into stacks and punched a hole through several of them at a time, on both ends. The hole should be about a half inch from the edge:
To build the larger pumpkin, I stacked the strips together and secured them with a large brad through the holes on each end.
For the little pumpkins, I cut ten 0.5″ strips, snipped them in half, stacked them together, punched a new hole, and secured them with a smaller brad on each side, just like I did for the larger stack:
Now here’s the cool part – begin to slowly spread the strips apart. Because the brads are holding them together, they will bend more and more as you spread and space them out.
Continue this until all your strips are as evenly spaced out as you can make them. You should have a lovely little paper ball! No glue required 🙂
Now is the time to do a little embellishment – add your fillings by poking them through the strips, then just rearrange the strips back into place.
Or, add a paper stalk, ribbon, or leaves to create a faux fruit bowl or a handmade centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table. I die cut a few oak leaves and stuck them onto my top brad, then hid the edges with a nice bow of ironed crinkle ribbon (it’s a long story 😉 )
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