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No Glue Super Easy Paper Pumpkin Craft

Here’s a simple 3D paper pumpkin your kids can make with NO GLUE this fall.

They’re fun and quick to make, so you can fill your holiday table — or just the TV stand — with a whole paper pumpkin patch!

paper strip pumpkins made with orange paper and fuzzy sticks

A Classic Fall Paper Craft

I first made these pumpkins as a kid, way back before Pinterest or the Internet. My mom is a retired school teacher, and every fall she’d make a very similar paper strip pumpkin with her 4th grade students. (Yes, I was in my own mother’s 4th grade class. It was weird to say the least.)

Mom’s pumpkins were made with tons of gooey glue, and I remember it was quite a struggle to get everything in place. I solved the glue problem by eliminating it entirely!

Fuzzy Sticks Save the Day

Fuzzy sticks — or pipe cleaners to us old schoolers — holds this pumpkin together. It also makes a fantastic stem!

Paper Pumpkin Tips

One sheet of 9×12 paper will yield 9 one inch wide strips. You only need SIX strips to make a nice pumpkin. Color TWO sheets of paper and you’ll have enough strips to make THREE pumpkins. You can also put more than nine strips into one pumpkin for a more solid look.

paper strip pumpkins

Paper Strip Pumpkins

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Make this awesome old school craft with NO GLUE.


  • Orange Paper
  • Crayons
  • Green Fuzzy Sticks


  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch
  • Ruler
  • Pencil


  1. Color your sheet of orange paper with crayon to add texture.
  2. Mark off one inch strips with your ruler and pencil.
  3. Cut strips.
  4. Punch a hole in both ends and the middle of the strip.
  5. Fold over a little piece of the green fuzzy stick.
  6. Thread SIX strips -- through the middle hole -- onto the fuzzy stick.
  7. Thread the ends of the paper strips onto the fuzzy stick.
  8. Curl the fuzzy stick around a pencil. Push the paper down until it forms a nice oval.
  9. Spread out the strips to form a circle.
  10. Arrange the fuzzy stick to form a pumpkin stem.

Save this paper strip pumpkin idea for later with Pinterest!

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