Nothing says fall more than pumpkins! This week Simply Notable is sharing different ways to make your own variation of table pumpkins. This particular pumpkin is made from paper and is easy and fun for kids to make.
You will need: 8.5 x 11 inch paper (green and orange), brads, glue stick, hole punch, stapler, and scissors or paper cutter.
Start by cutting the paper length-wise into eight ½ inch strips or six 1 inch strips for a chunkier pumpkin. Cutting paper into equal strips is a great exercise to improve fine motor skills, so let the kiddos go to town!
Layer the strips one on top of another until a circle is formed.
Next, Staple the middle of the circle to keep them in place.
Using a hole punch, make a hole at the end of each strip of paper.
Then strip by strip fold all the piece towards the top so that the holes all line up together.
Secure the top using a brad, then cut out the stem 4 inches long and ½ wide. (1 inch wide if you used 1 inch wide orange strips)
Fold the stem in half and punch a hole through the sides opposite of the fold.
Undo the brad and add the stem to the top then re-secure the brad. Make sure to hold the pumpkin together at the holes on top during this process so it doesn’t come apart.
Now cut out some leaves and put a dab of glue on the ends using a glue stick.
Press the leaves onto the pumpkin with the glue side down.
Let it dry and get to decorating! These make great seat assignment cards, simply write your guest name on a leaf and set them on the their dinner plate. Mix and match with different prints of orange scrapbook paper and different length strips for a variety of pumpkins.
The strips certainly do not need to be perfectly straight, The circle doesn’t have to be perfect. These little paper pumpkins are full of character! This is the perfect project to let go of control and let the kids have some fun!!!
Happy Fall crafty kids and Happy Decorating crafty friends!
P.S: Check out our other pumpkin posts from earlier this week, in case you missed them!