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!
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.
- Orange Paper
- Green Fuzzy Sticks
- Hole Punch
- Color your sheet of orange paper with crayon to add texture.
- Mark off one inch strips with your ruler and pencil.
- Cut strips.
- Punch a hole in both ends and the middle of the strip.
- Fold over a little piece of the green fuzzy stick.
- Thread SIX strips -- through the middle hole -- onto the fuzzy stick.
- Thread the ends of the paper strips onto the fuzzy stick.
- Curl the fuzzy stick around a pencil. Push the paper down until it forms a nice oval.
- Spread out the strips to form a circle.
- Arrange the fuzzy stick to form a pumpkin stem.
Save this paper strip pumpkin idea for later with Pinterest!