3D Paper Pumpkin Craft for Kids

Here’s a great 3D paper pumpkin for fall that your kids can craft with just a tiny bit of help from mom. We made this pumpkin when Mitch was in first grade–he was quite an artist even then!

The pumpkin is made from scrapbook paper, but you can use any colored paper you have on hand.

Back when made this craft there weren’t a lot of mom bloggers online demonstrating crafts for little kids. Today there’s tons of great preschool crafters on Pinterest!

But I wanted to share how you can take a craft for adults and simplify it for your kid’s skill level.

Here’s the original craft I was inspired by:

Book Page Pumpkin Patch

The OG crafter made super adorable 3D pumpkins from music book pages, slapped on a bit of orange paint and finished off with twigs and twine.

Mitch made his with distressed scrapbook paper and a fuzzy stick. We also skipped the pricey pumpkin shape die and used a paper template and good old scissors.

Supplies for a 3D paper pumpkin

• Orange paper
• Stamp pad or crayon for distressing
• Pencil
• Scissors
• Rubber Cement or tacky glue

How to Make a 3D paper pumpkin

First we distressed the orange scrapbook paper by crumpling it into a ball, flattening it back out then rubbing it lightly with a brown stamp pad.

If you don’t have a scrapbook stash, you can add distressing by rubbing the flat side of a crayon over the paper. Or just skip this step if you like!

While I waited for the paper to dry, I asked Mitch to draw a pumpkin–I wanted this to really be HIS craft and I think it’s so cute when you let your kid do as much of the art as possible.

Make the Pumpkin Template

If you’re working with a preschooler, you can always draw the pumpkin shape for them.

Mitch has always been an overachiever–he drew a really detailed jack-o-lantern…

pumpkin drawing by first grader

Rather than explain the project again…I just cut out his drawing and used it as a template to make the paper circles.

Trace and Cut the Shapes

cut out the pumpkin and use as a template

Next we traced as many copies as we could on the orange paper.

I let Mitch cut them out. The original crafter used 16 to 20 shapes for her grown up pumpkin, but Mitch pooped out after cutting out 9. We just rolled with it.

copies of pumpkin shape cut from orange paper

Fold the Shapes in Half

Each pumpkin was folded in half in the same spot. Since his shape was a little lopsided, I decided to fold the template and place it on top of each copy to fold again.

Glue the Shapes Together

Next we used rubber cement to glue the back of each pumpkin half to the back of another pumpkin half. We used rubber cement because it dries much faster than white glue–and one thing kid crafters do NOT have is time for glue to dry.

You can also use tacky glue or glue sticks–whatever works for you!

Finish with a Fuzzy Stick

We finished off the pumpkin with half a brown fuzzy stick–he gave it a curl by wrapping it around a pencil. He was able to just poked it into the center of the paper pumpkin. I’ve also seen these finished with a twig or cinnamon stick.

I was thinking about going over the edges–to cover up the white paper core–with a brown ink stamp or marker. But Mitch insisted it didn’t need it. Oh well, it’s his craft. 

finished 3D paper pumpkin

Because Mitchell’s original drawing was asymmetrical we got a kinda haphazard finished product. But I think that makes it even cuter. What do you think? Good enough for Pinterest?

Here’s another fun Halloween craft: a spooky (dry) snowglobe!


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