Monday, October 15, 2012

How to make little paper Pumpkins


My girl friend showed me how to make these and I wanted to share them with you. I thought they would make cute name tag for on the Thanksgiving table.


Here is a close up.




Marvy Uchida (pink) Scalloped 2 1/2 inch punch – 8 scalloped circles punched out
Punch Bunch large grape leaf (you can use any leaf) 
Orange color card stock- 1 sheet will punch out 12 scalloped circles
Brown card stock for the stem or Brown pip cleaner
Two shades of green card stock I added two leaves (you can add one if you want)
Glue (Strong) or Score Tape (1/4 inch)
Wirer cutter (for the pip cleaners)
Stylist (for shaping your leaves)
Cushioned Surface
Mold paper shaper (green shaper in the picture)
Martha Steward scorer
Bone folder
Distress inks Brushed Corduroy and Forest Moss (optional)
Clips (optional)
Quilling tool or something small (round) and long. 


Punch out 8 scalloped circles and distress one side of the scalloped circles.


All 8 scalloped circles, now this is important you need to score them in the center with the punch I used start between two scallops and slide your scorer down (see next picture) 


and you will end in the center of a scallop and that is fine. Now if you use a different punch and you come down between the scallops that’s super, then you will not have to worry about the next step. see below.


Now fold all the scalloped circles with the side YOU DID NOT DISTRESS on the TOP and crease them good.  It is important that you look at the picture on see how my circles are when you put them together MAKE SURE YOU PUT THE ROUND SIDES TOGETHER AND THE HALF SIDES TOGETHER. 


Add your glue to the side that does not have any ink. Do one at a time and make sure you match the ends.


You might have some glue on the edges, that ok it will dry and you will not see any.


Keep adding all 8 but do not close them.


When you fold them together it will be about 1/4 inch think.


I used some clips to make sure the glue held strong but you really do not need to do this.


Punched out 2 leaves for each pumpkin and distressed them with forest moss


Shaped the leaves.


Cut the pip cleaner about 1 1/2 inch. I hope you can get some idea for the shape of the stem. I drew a couple so you would get the idea.


To make some vines cut a very thin strip from your green card stock and take your Quilling tool or small round long tool and swirl the thin strip around the tool and you will make a vine. 


Take your pumpkin add the scope tape and cut the end. Add the pip cleaner or the paper stem (I added more score tape over the pipe cleaner).


Add the vine.


Make sure everything is fitting inside of the center of the pumpkin them add your glue and close it up.


Your pumpkin should look like this.


You need to add the leaves to the top.


Lay the pumpkin flat and if you need to draw a line across the bottom 4 scallops and take a scissors and cut the bottom 4 scallops off.  I drew a line at the bottom so you can see where to cut. Now your pumpkin will stand up.  Should look something like this from the top.


and from the side.


If you have any problems you can email me at They are so cute. I hope you enjoy my little project. I fun with it and if you make some let me know and I would love to stop by and see them.



Alyce said...

wow wow pat!!! this is incredible! you are so super talented...what a fantastic design :)

Penny said...

Love these pumpkins--thanks so much for the tutorial! They would be terrific for a Thanksgiving table! :^)
Hugs, Penny

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

What a great tutorial Patricia, thank you

jacqui x

Karon said...

WOW - these are fabulous. TFS

Anne Temple said...

So cute!!

Cathy Lee said...

Awesome tutorial, Patricia. So fun and an easy project for the kids to help with.
Cathy Lee

Linda Palmer said...

You always have the best ideas and your instructions are so easy to follow. Thanks for sharing. Great job!

Nannieflash said...

Oh wow Patricia what a clever table setting, love the pumpkins and your tutorial is just fabulous. hugs Shirleyxx

sue morris said...

Hi pat! This is so awesome! I love this! Thank you so much for creating this tutorial!

S`andra V. said...

Love these cute little pumpkins. So easy to make. Love the added vine and thank you for sharing the tutorial.
Happily Scrapbooking & Crafting My Memories~Sandra V.

Payne Holler Cards said...

Now these are going to look so great on my table! Thanks so much for the tutorial ...they take a LOT of time!

Lisa M said...

You're adorable!! This is SO precious. I love your little pumpkins and that was the best tutorial!! I would have tried to shove the stem in the center..LOL! Thank you so much for sharing this. :)