Paper Pumpkin

I made this adorable pumpkin after seeing one on another site. 
You may have previously made these as Christmas ornaments. 
I altered the instructions slightly to suit the materials I had on hand. This plump little pumpkin was the result.


If you want to follow my instructions here they are:


piece of pumpkin colored scrapbook paper -
8” 1/2 x 11” or 12” x 12” size doesn't matter
scrap piece of brown scrapbook paper about 1” x 1”and ½
1” piece of double sided tape
rotary cutter/scissors
12” piece of thin green jute/hemp-like twine
blunt needle – the eye of the needle has to be big enough for the twine to pass through doubled.
hole punch with small hole
Decorative bits: Small piece of ribbon and decorative trim – I used a leafy bit of ribbon
stamp – I used a foam stamp with a vine & leaf design U can use acrylic, rubber or foam stamp etc. doesn't matter, it's to your liking.
Ink pad – again your discretion.

1.Stamp image all over paper, let dry.
2.Cut paper down to 6 x 12” or 6 x 11” depending on size paper you started with.
3.Cut paper into 1/2” x 6” strips.
4.Punch hole on both ends of strips.
5.Fold piece of jute string in half tie a knot, and draw folded end (*Not the Knot end) through the eye of the needle.
6.String all strips through hole at one end.
7.Then thread through all holes at the opposite end while twine is still attatched to needle.
8.Pull slightly so strips come together a bit like a crescent moon; you're giving the pumpkin its beginning shape here.
9.Tie off in a knot.
10.Place double sided tape along edge of brown paper scrap.
11.Roll starting from edge with no tape to opposite edge with tape to create a stem, stick edges together with tape on edge.
12.Thread twine through stem.
13.Add decorative bit to base of stem.
14.Separate each strip of paper a slight bit as you go around you'll create a pumpkin shape. When circle is complete you can squish down on it a bit to give even more shape to your pumpkin.
15.Add ribbon tied bow.

You're done! 
Now that you've made one, bet you'll make more.
Too cute !

You'll all get a unique result from your stamp, ink and paper choices. So let's see what you creative girls can come up with. Post pics and link back to me so we can see them, and I will post a picture of a pumpkin patch using them.

Make one for your Fall - Halloween - Thanksgiving d├ęcor
Send a pic to & I will pic my fave
If you're my fave I'll send you a sweet treat – no trick!

Looking forward to seeing yours! :)

I love Halloween!

I love to decorate with all the Halloween treasures our family has collected over the years. Our whole family gets into it and loves find something new to add to our collection every year. We decorate inside and out - make it scary for the trick or treat'rs and see who dares to knock at our front door.

If they are brave they are usually greeted at our door by my husband who loves to thrill them with some shock and awe or some twisted trick he has up his sleeve each year. Sometimes he hands out cans of sardines to any takers. One year he offered bloody fingers on a plate, of course they were the plastic kind all covered with ketchup - ewe!

One Halloween we had made a scarecrow and sat it on our porch, it was his idea for it to be headless and dump a pot of spaghetti noodles with tomato sauce on it, for visual effect. Oh the shrieks we had that night when kids of all ages had climbed our fourteen stairs to the top of our porch and be greeted with that sight. I think it only took them one leap to head right back off our porch and run in fright that Halloween night _ cackle, cackle. :) Another year he hid in a pile of raked up leaves only to leap out at the trick or treat'rs as they came up our sidewalk, eek!