How to make a Paper Pumpkin

Sep 24 2012
How to make a Paper Pumpkin
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It's almost October so I'm posting my first pumpkin of the season. A classy paper pumpkin! Get your scissors ready because this craft is not only gorgeous but also quite easy.



I kept my paper pumpkin simple. You could easily paint the edges of the paper with gold paint or something pretty though. Scroll down for the tutorial.



You will need a book that you are no longer reading, (hard cover or paperback - doesn't matter) scissors, a pen, a branch from outside, and a glue gun.

Now, before we get started I am going to give a little speech to all the people out there who are about to call me a horrible book killer. Listen folks, not all books are created equal. Not all "writers" should be called "authors". This book was awful. Horrible. Seriously bad. I am not going to tell you the name of the book, but let's just say I will get much more joy out of it being a pretty little pumpkin than I will ever get from it being the wretched book it once was : ) Now carry on ... 



Using your scissors, gently cut the cover of the book.
Be careful not to cut the binding that holds the pages together. 



Cut the bottom portion of the cover off as well and set aside.



Your pages should all still be intact. Now using a pencil, draw a half circle as close to the edge of the pages as possible. My first line wasn't close enough so I drew another half circle. Cut along your half circle on your first page. This will be your guide for the rest of the pages.
 


Now start cutting the rest of the pages along your half circle. You can cut multiple pages at one time so it speeds up the process.



Cut away any uneven pieces so you have smooth edges. 



Alright, now it's time to heat up your glue gun. While it's getting hot, fan out your book. Separate the pages as much as possible.



Now it's time to glue the first page of your book to the last page of your book. If you have  a particularly long book, you can glue 3 or 4 pages together to ensure it doesn't peel apart. 



Isn't it a beauty? Now grab a stick from outside. A thicker stick works best. This is going to be our stem. Break off the stem so it's about 4 inches long. 



Hot glue the stick right into the middle of your paper pumpkin. 



And there you have it! If you make this craft be sure to email me a picture at blog@lilyshop.com

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Irma said:
18 July, 2013 - 19:51
Love this! This would be fun for my 11 year old to make!!!!
Anonymous said:
30 October, 2012 - 09:51
Hard work but soo worth it at the end
Anonymous said:
26 October, 2012 - 22:31
I love this!!
Chantal said:
30 September, 2012 - 17:39
Love this! Gotta make one now.
Chantal said:
30 September, 2012 - 17:37
Love this! Gotta make one now.
DoubleCreek said:
30 September, 2012 - 13:54
Love it, I am actually working on some of these right now :-)
JessieJane said:
20 October, 2012 - 00:09
So glad you liked it!
anna ambriz said:
29 September, 2012 - 13:32
I LOVE THIS PROJECT!
anna ambriz said:
29 September, 2012 - 13:29
I FREAKING LOVE THIS PROJECT!
JessieJane said:
20 October, 2012 - 00:12
I freaking LOVE your comment with my favorite word freaking! : )
Anonymous said:
27 September, 2012 - 10:52
I have never seen this before. Really cool idea, thanks!
Anonymous said:
27 September, 2012 - 07:45
Readers Digest works really good with this project.
Anonymous said:
27 September, 2012 - 07:44
Readers Digest works good for this project too, smaller pumpkins, but same concept.
Elsie said:
26 September, 2012 - 23:17
This is cool, I like it. We used to do Christmas and angels or carolers, but we folded the pages instead of cutting.
JessieJane said:
7 October, 2012 - 21:46
I like that idea. Hmmmmm ..... got me thinking for Christmas. Thanks.
betty said:
26 September, 2012 - 19:51
WE USE TO DO THIS YEARS AGO WITH THE SEARS CATALOG AS A CHRISTMAS TREE. WHEN THE NEW ONE CAME IN, THE OLD ONE WAS A TREE. WE WOULD ALSO ADD GLITTER AND RIBBONS. HMM MAYBE I'LL SHOW MY GRANDAUGHTERS HOW TO DO THIS
daisylu said:
1 October, 2012 - 13:07
oh thanks for reminding me of the old sears catalogs...
JessieJane said:
26 September, 2012 - 22:00
I'm actually working on a Christmas tree version right now! : )
daisylu said:
25 September, 2012 - 14:11
i think anyone with a copy of 50 shades of gray should consider making one of these pumpkins :)!!
JessieJane said:
26 September, 2012 - 21:58
Ha! Too funny : )
daisylu said:
25 September, 2012 - 14:09
this is so old fashioned...it's great. love that it is so simple. thanks
Anonymous said:
25 September, 2012 - 11:31
Really rustic and old school looking. I love this, thanks.
Beth said:
24 September, 2012 - 17:48
I love this, so simple! ♥
Beth said:
24 September, 2012 - 17:48
I love this, so simple! ♥
allyson said:
24 September, 2012 - 16:40
Love this!
Kendra said:
24 September, 2012 - 16:17
Can not wait to make one!!