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This paper strip pumpkin is made out of orange cardstock and held together with two paper brads.
Although it looks very simple, it takes a careful hand to spread all the strips out evenly and to hold them in place while attaching the paper brad.
Try decorating the paper strip pumpkins with glitter spray paint, or decorate them with sequins. They also look great if you make them out of patterned scrapbook paper.
These will look beautiful as part of a table centerpiece display or sitting on your mantle.
1. Begin the paper strip pumpkin by taping the 8.5 inch edges of the two sheets of cardstock together with clear tape.
2. Cut a decorative edge with the fancy edged scissors along the two long lengths of the paper.
3. Measure and mark one inch increments along one of the 8.5 inch sides.
4. Fold the cardstock in half where you taped the two pieces of card stock together. Cut one inch wide strips using your marks as guides. When you are finished you will have 8 strips of paper with fancy edges.
5. Stack all the strips on top of one another. Finding the middle is very easy since you will see the tape and where the two edges meet. Pierce a hole in the middle of all the strips. If you are using a large paper brad, you can use a hole punch. Alternatively, you can also staple the stack together. Secure using a paper brad.
6. Fan out all the strips, in order. It is extremely important to take your time on this step and be accurate. If you rush through this step, the pumpkin will not look nice and symmetrical. Begin with the top strip, and fan it out. Take the strip right underneath it and fan it out next to the previous strip, and so on… going in order.
7. Next, take the strip on the top and make loop as shown.
8. Continue making loops, in order. Towards the end it gets a little tricky holding all the strips together. Secure the tops of the strips together with a paper brad or a stapler
9. You can make a pumpkin stem out of a pipecleaner, by folding it upon itself a few times to make it thicker. To make curly stems, wrap the pipe cleaner around a pencil a few time. The pipecleaner stem can be attached to the pumpkin by wrapping it around the top brad, or stapling it to the pumpkin.
Some Other Ideas...
by Laurie Powell
"I would try using fun foam. You might even be able to
find the fun foam in larger sheets. That will omit the taping 2 smaller
I'm not sure without trying it, but couldn't you just stack all of the
strips on top of each other and connect each end through a hole using
the brads. Then just fan out the strips to make your circle or pumpkin.
Then when pumpkin time is over, just put it back into the stacked strips
and lay it flat to store away until next year.
You can make these circles in different colors for every holidays.
For winter use white fun foam and draw snowman faces on them or use
giggle eyes. A triangle piece of orange fun foam will make a good nose.
Use a pipe cleaner with a pompom on each end to make ear muffs.
For Christmas you could use brown fun foam and add tan pipe cleaners for
antlers, a red pompom for Rudolph's nose and some giggle eyes.
For the 4th of July make strips in red, white and blue. Then glue on
different colors of stars.
For Valentine's Day make the circle in red, pink or white and glue on
different colored heart shapes.
For St. Patrick's Day make it white with green shaped shamrocks all over
Just keep going for each month! and most of all have fun making them!"
Response from Crafts For All Seasons: Great suggestions Laurie! Thank you for sharing.