DIY Classic Paper Pumpkins

Pumpkins are a great Halloween staple item. You can’t celebrate Halloween without a pumpkin! People have been carving Jack-o-lanterns for centuries. For the history of pumpkins and Jack-o-lanterns, click here.

As much as I would like to buy a truckload of pumpkins to celebrate Halloween, pumpkins do have a shelf life (especially if they’re carved). As a savvy bargain shopper, I want to stretch the uses of my items as far as possible. I want my pumpkins to last through Halloween all the way to Thanksgiving!

This was what brought me to search for ways to DIY pumpkins. One way that I thought I should share with everyone is the paper pumpkin. It is actually very easy to make, and lasts a lot longer than a real pumpkin!


  • sheets of orange scrapbook paper or construction paper
  • green scrapbook paper or construction paper
  • small hole punch
  • paper tacks
  • scissors
  • pencil

To begin, cut strips out of the orange paper. For bigger pumpkins, cut longer strips (8-12″), for smaller pumpkins, cut shorter strips (5-8″). The width of the strips is up to you, but I suggest thinner strips.

Depending on how full you want the pumpkin to look, cut enough strips to create the surface area of the pumpkin.

Stack up the strips. On either ends of the strips, punch a small hole. Put the tack through all the holes on one side and secure.

To create the structure for the pumpkin, spread out the paper all around the tack to create a large circle. Pull alternateĀ  strips up to the middle to create a a structure for the rest of the strips to go by, and slip a tack through the hole. Go around until all the strips have been put into the tack. When you are done, secure the tack.

To create the stems of the pumpkin, cut a thin, long strip out of green paper and roll it around a pencil. You can also create a cutout leaf from the green paper as well. Slip it under the the tack to secure (or glue it down under the tack).

There you have it! DIY paper pumpkins! These pumpkins are a great project for all ages and is easy to make. They don’t go bad in the heat and will last you until Thanksgiving!

Here are a few additional tips to help you make the pumpkin your own!

  • try alternating the papers with a solid orange strip and a patterned orange strip
  • use other colors (pumpkins don’t always have to be orange!)
  • use vellum to create a see through pumpkin (put a battery operated tealight inside to make it glow!)

The possibilities are endless! Let us know how you make your DIY paper pumpkin in the comments below.

If you don’t want to make your own, opt for other styles of paper pumpkins such as our honeycomb pumpkins (set of 3) from for 99 cents!


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