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How to Make a Folded Paper Pumpkin

How to Make a Folded Paper Pumpkin

Have you found yourself stuck inside with the kids on a rainy day, unsure of what activity to do? With Halloween just around the corner, there’s no better time to create folded paper pumpkins! Perfect for windowsill decorations or a dining table centrepiece, these pumpkins are simple and fun to make, providing the opportunity to personalise to your own tastes.


  • 12” Square Piece of Double-Sided Scrapbook Paper
  • Double-Sided Tape
  • Kitchen String or Ribbon
  • Burlap String
  • Hot Glue Gun

METHOD: Pretty Paper Pumpkins

  1. Start with a piece of 12” x 12” double-sided scrapbook paper. Cut individual strips measuring approximately half an inch wide, and 8 inches in length. You’ll require about 20 to 25 strips of paper, but this depends on how full and how large you want your pumpkin to be.
  2. Form a ring shape with each strip of paper and then stick in place with a piece of double-sided tape. When you’ve completed this, you’ll have a selection of rings. Try to make sure each ring is the same size.
  3. Arrange your paper rings onto a piece of ordinary string or ribbon; tie each ring on and then tie the ends of string/ribbon together. Re-arrange the rings to produce a round pumpkin shape. It may require a bit of trial and error to form the correct shape, but you can easily untie the string and sort out each ring how you want it.
  4. Now that you’ve a formed pumpkin shape, you’ll need a stalk to finish off. Take a piece of burlap string and roll it until you have a stem-shaped tube. Use a hot glue gun to secure.
  5. For decoration, wrap thinner pieces of scrapbook paper around a pencil or a skewer, and then attach them on top of the pumpkin and/or the stem.
  6. Trace out leaves or cut around a template on similar scrapbook paper, and them stick those on top of the pumpkin as well.
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