Paper Pumpkins

It's been a long time since I have written a post, except for our weekly Share Your Style parties, which I hope you all are enjoying.  I know I am!   A year of health issues and flipping furniture has kept me away for the computer; but hopefully that's about to change.  I have missed you all so much.  I am still on face book and Instagram so check those out too.  

I have this darling autumnal project I want to share with you.  Something a bit different that will carry your fall decor right up until Thanksgiving...    paper pumpkins.  A bit time consuming but so easy and very low cost to make.   These would be so cute decorating your groaning board for Thanksgiving or as a sweet "thank you" if you are lucky to be invited to someone else's home.  

So here we go.
I picked up  some very inexpensive plastic pumpkins at my local big box store for 98cents each.  The stem just pulls right out (told you they were cheap :)  If you plan to use the stem, don't pull it out!
Stack several brown paper lunch bags together and mark at 1-1/2" intervals crosswise the bag.  I did not use the bottom of the bags.  Cut the strips.

Then cut those strips in half ..

Open up each piece and crumple up  in your hand.   ( We're having fun now:)

Unsmush each crumpled piece into a strip. (yes, I know that's not a word but I like to use my creativity to its fullest :))  

Lay a strip of hot glue from the top to the bottom of the pumpkin and add a strip of crumpled paper, twisting and turning as you go, until your have covered the entire pumpkin.

This is the point where I pulled the plastic stem out.  I had saved real pumpkin stems from last year and I wanted to use them.  You could add a small branch from your yard or wind the plastic stem with cording.  I also made paper leaves from old book pages.  I hot glued the pumpkin stem and leaves on.  I also cut a circle from the brown paper bag and added that to the bottom of the pumpkin for more stability.  And that was it.   So easy and adorable.  Hope you will try it. 

And I truly hope to get back to my blogging on a much regular basis.. 

  • cheap plastic pumpkins
  • brown paper lunch bags
  • pumpkin stems (optional)
  • hot glue gun
  • old book pages
  • scissors
  • ruler

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Junkchiccottage said...

Super cute Lynn. Have a great weekend.

Alycia Nichols said...

Hi there! Oh, I hope you're health issues have been resolved! I know how it is to have to deal with it. I'm STILL dealing with my crazy spine. At least your pain has not dulled your creativity. This is a really cute (and wonderfully inexpensive!) idea! You should have seen me pulling fake stems out of fake pumpkins this year and replacing them with those I dried last year! I was a maniac!!! Using a real stem makes all the difference in the world so far as appearances go, though, so I'm all in again next year! Welcome back to the fold, and have a great weekend!!!

NanaDiana said...

Now THAT is a cute idea! I really like it and it is easy and cheap to make. After I got done sewing all those velvet pumpkins I might be pumpkined out for a while....lol....
Have a great weekend. xo Diana

Debra said...

This is an adorable idea. And so easy to do.

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