Fancy Paper Pumpkins
I have seen this one kind of decorative pumpkin (they look sort of like a basket weave) in the stores over and over for the past few months. I love the way they look, but did not really want to spend the money on them. Plus, I thought I could create one myself. I am not sure this is an original idea, but I AM sure that I spent a good 2 hours figuring it out and perfecting it today.
Before beginning, I hit the craft store where I picked up some Halloween craft paper. They didn’t have a huge selections, but I found a few I liked. This one was my favorite:
Once I had the paper, I grabbed a few empty toilet paper rolls, my hot glue gun, a pair scissors and got to work.
How to Make a Fancy Paper Pumpkin
First, I cut strips about 2 inches thick from one of the Halloween papers. Then I hot glued 4 of the strips together to form a star shape (see photo below).
Next, I cut a toilet paper roll in half, and covered it with a solid colored paper that matched the paper I was using for the pumpkin.
I glued the tube to the center of the star.
Next, I took one of the paper strips and glued it to the inside of the tube.
I then did the same with the strip directly across from the first strip.
I repeated this step until all the paper strips were glued to the tube. Then I took the same paper I used to cover the toilet paper tube, rolled it up and crushed it a bit to make the stem. I put it into the toilet paper tube and hot glued it to the pumpkin.
I repeated the whole process with two other types of paper and stems.
This time I did not crush the stem, but left it as it.
And for this pumpkin, I used a paper bag for the stem.
So there you have it! Our fancy paper pumpkins!! Hope you like them as much as I do!
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