Halloween doesn’t feature too heavily on my radar, but I do like a good party, some silly fun and any excuse for a bit of decoration and something handmade!

If you’ve ever carved out “real life” pumpkins, you’ll be familiar with them rotting away in no time. I know Halloween only lasts for one day, but if I put effort into my decorations, I’d like them to last a little longer than that. So, what would be a better idea than to have pumpkins made from paper?

These are guaranteed to last longer than just a day and look beautiful as table decoration. Maybe you could make even more of them and use them around the bowls full of sweets, frogs eyes and spider legs for a spooktacular party table!

 

here's what you'll need...

  • A4 black and white craft paper, one sheet per pumpkin
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick per pumpkin
  • Parcel string
  • Scissors
  • Superglue (there are situations where nothing else will do)
  • Stapler
  • Craft knife
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Cutting mat

Paper Pumpkins Materials

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here's how it's done...

  • 1

    Along the length of the A4 sheet, mark out 1.5cm increments on the top and the bottom.

    Paper Pumpkins Step 2

  • 2

    Using your craft knife and ruler, cut up the strips.

    Paper Pumpkins Step 3

  • 3

    Take one of the paper strips, form into a ring and staple the ends together.

    Paper Pumpkins Step 4

  • 4

    Next, squeeze the overlapping part a little and cut off the corners in a diagonal.

    Paper Pumpkins Step 5

  • 5

    Cut a length of string of around 12cm and thread the stapled paper strips onto it, ensuring that the staple is uniformly on one side (which will be the bottom).

    Paper Pumpkins Step 7

  • 6

    Now tie the string together as far (tight) as possible. You will now have the pumpkin shape.

    Paper Pumpkins Step 8

  • 7

    Apply some superglue to the bottom of one of the cinnamon sticks and insert into the middle of the pumpkin.

    Paper Pumpkins Step 9

    If you like, you can also cut out a leaf shape from a piece of paper and glue to the top of the cinnamon stick.

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    These, with a cut out leaf and a name written on it, would also make fun place cards for a halloween themed dinner, don’t you think?

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    So, all that’s left for me to say is “Happy Halloween”!

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By Carole Poirot on 22.10.13

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