By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor, Peg Rounds from Peg’s Crafting Corner.
Create this cute little pumpkin that can be used all season long. Decorate for Halloween and leave it out on your Thanksgiving table. Create more than one and place them around the house. Cut bigger circles and create larger pumpkins, too! How fun is that?
Begin by cutting 12 circles from your favorite paper. These are 3” circles, but you can cut 4”, 5” 6” or bigger depending on how large you would like to have your pumpkin and how many sheets of paper you’d like to use. The more you use the more fun! Here I used the Circle Scissor Pro by EK on an EK Cutter Bee Glass Mat to cut the circles from 2 sheets of the Enchanted Glowing paper by Authentique. I scored all of the circles in half using the Martha Stewart Scoring Board. At this point, you can ink the edges of the circles using an matching color of ink pad if you’d like to add more color to the pumpkin.
Run a line of glue (Tombow Mono Aqua) along the curved edges of one pumpkin and place another pumpkin on top making sure that the edges are all lined up on the curved edges and the straight edges. Continue to do this until you have 6 of the folded circles glue together. I chose to have the dotted pattern showing so I am gluing the orange sides together. Make sure you don’t glue all the way to the top edge of the half circles so that it leaves a little open space in the top of the pumpkin to add the stem.
Once you have 6 circles glued together, make a horizontal cut across the bottom of the pumpkins using a sharp pair of scissors. Continue to glue the last 6 circles in the same manner. Line them up with the first 6 and make a cut across them like you did the first time.
NOTE: Don’t attempt to glue all of the circles together at once and make the cut because it is too thick for the scissors to cut through and you will risk making a ragged cut or tearing the paper. Also, all of the circles will be cut at the exact same point so that the finished pumpkin can sit without leaning.
You will now have 2 sets of circles that will look like the picture below.
Glue one set of pumpkins to the other on one side as you did when you glued the sets of 6 together. It will look like the left hand picture when you are finished. Now glue the other side together to complete the pumpkin. At this point, you can fluff out the sections to get a fuller pumpkin.
Cut a piece of black cardstock that measures ¼” wide by 1 ½” long and roll it together starting at one corner and rolling it unevenly upward. This will create the stem. Glue the edge of the paper together to hold it and add a little more glue at the base of it and push down into the center of the pumpkin.
Now, using a ½” circle punch, punch a circle into some brown card stock. This is the brown from the 8 ½” x 8 ½” Super Value Pack from Create for Less. Don’t you just love the glittery, shiny look to it? Then, punch a scallop around the circle using a scallop punch and sit it loosely on top of the pumpkin for now.
Cut 2 strips from some orange card stock that measure ¼” x 3” and twist them around a stylus to give them a twist. Trim one end with scissors to a point to help when tucking them down into the pumpkin on each side of the stem. Glue down the scallop circle to the top of the pumpkin so that it covers the center hole.
Add 2 leaves from the Petaloo Floradoodles Chantilly Hydrangeas Rose collection using a wet glue such as Aleene’s Tacky Glue.
If you want a plain pumpkin for just the fall season, you will now be finished with your project. If you want to add a face for the Halloween season here’s how.
Punch the face using orange card stock (8 ½” x 8 ½” Super Value Pack used here) and the Laughin Jack punch by Fiskars. Place a 1/8” Pop Dot on the back of each piece and lightly press it to the edge of the pumpkin.
Once Halloween is over just simple pull them off and use the pumpkin for your fall & Thanksgiving decorations.
Here’s a fun fact for you. Last year, I had the fun of being able to name this and 3 other punches for Fiskars.
Make several pumpkins in a variety of sizes and group them together for a fun centerpiece. Use your favorite paper to make them for just Halloween or for the fall season. Add to your collection every year with that year’s favorite paper line. The possibilities are fun and endless!