Halloween Pumpkin Craft
I couldn't let October slip by without sharing another pumpkin-themed post. I recently shadowed Elle while she showed me all the steps for making these cute paper pumpkins. If you missed me saying it before, Elle is my official "arts and crafts director" in the house. She always has the most creative ideas that she makes up on her own. This cute construction paper pumpkin is just one of them! When I asked Elle how she came up with the pumpkin craft, she said that Eric had a piece of orange construction paper and he didn't know what to do with it. She saw scissors and the color orange and wanted to create something simple like a pumpkin. She remembered making Christmas ornaments out of toilet paper rolls in a similar style so she figured why not make a pumpkin!
Follow along for the step-by-step instructions and pictures!
Construction Paper - orange, green, and black if you want to make a jack-o-lantern face
*Fold the orange construction paper in half and then keep folding each half again (about 2 more times) until you have creases about an inch apart.
Cut strips of construction paper along the creases.
Make a loop with one strip of construction paper and use tape or glue to hold it together.
Loop another strip of construction paper around the first and tape or glue it into place as well. Continue this step until you have 4 strips of construction paper looped around each other and taped together at the bottom. Add a final bit of tape or glue the bottom where the last strip wraps around to hold it all into place.
Make the stem. Using a ruler, measure and draw a line on the green construction paper that is 1/2 inch wide. Cut the strip of construction paper. Wrap the strip around a pencil and glue or tape the end. Then slide the rolled piece of construction paper off the pencil and glue it to the top of the pumpkin.
Make the vine. Using a ruler, measure a strip of green construction that is only 1/4 inch wide. Cut the strip out and first curl it around a pencil. Then slide it off and curl half of it around a toothpick going the opposite direction of the first curl. You're trying to make the vine look like a curlicue. It can be as perfect or as messy as you want for the vine! After you have the curlicue vine how you like it, glue it next to the stem.
You have a super cute paper pumpkin perfect for Autumn and Halloween! If you want to add a little something else to it, you can use the black construction paper to cut out jack-o-lantern eyes, nose, and mouth. Elle wanted to keep hers simple so we stopped at this point.
The Fall season is the perfect time to make this simple and kid-friendly craft! It uses the most basic of craft supplies. Let us know if you make these construction paper pumpkins! Elle will be so excited to see friends making their own version of the paper pumpkin!
While you're here and in the pumpkin mood, don't miss out on my favorite pumpkin recipes!