Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Paper Pumpkins on Studio 5

Today was all about pumpkins that will last through the years!  Here are three fun ideas for bringing the pumpkin spirit onto your table, wall, or party favor.

Bitty Favor Pumpkins
These pumpkins are so cute and versatile....and so easy to make!  They look adorable hanging from a banner or can also be filled with treats and used as a perfect pumpkin party favor.  To make these bitty pumpkins, you will need:
1 5X12" strip of pattern paper (use double sided for a cute inside)
Hole punch
Wire, ribbon or string
1. Fold your 12" strips into 2" selections.
2. Cut each corner off of folded strip. You don't have to be perfect with your cutting, but try to leave about 1' that doesn't get cut.
3. Use a hole punch to punch the top and bottom of the folded strip.
4. Open up strip and adhere the two ends together.
5. Use ribbon, wire, or thread to pull ends in.  Thread your desired medium through each hole and pull together.
6. If you are using the pumpkins as a favor, add a treat at this time, then thread medium through the center of the pumpkin and out through the top holes and pull tight.  Add additional ribbon as desired to create stem.
Try tying the bitty pumpkins on to a ribbon to create a garland.
Hanging Medallion Pumpkins
To create the medallion pumpkins, follow the instructions for fan folded medallions. Use different widths of strips to create a variety of medallion sizes.  Layer multiple medallions in varying sizes.  Add a green stem and circle to the top to finish off the pumpkin look.   Tie medallions to thick, festive ribbon and hang from your ceiling, mantle or chandelier.

Fancy Free Centerpiece Pumpkins
These statement pumpkins are a perfect solution for dressing up a fall or Halloween table.  They are a breeze to create in a variety of sizes and shapes.  To create these pumpkins you will need:
8 squares of paper-try different sizes to give variety to your tablescape.
Green paper for the stem
Pen or pencil for tracing if desired
1. Fold your sheets of paper in half and cut a half of a pumpkin pattern.  If you are nervous to freehand your pattern, you can use a practice sheet to test it out.
2. Use your first piece to cut each piece in the same pumpkin pattern.
3. Cut stems the same way and adhere them back to back.
4. Adhere folded pumpkins back to back in a stack, tucking stem pieces in as you go.
5. Ink all pieces.
6. Fold pumpkin out and enjoy!


  1. Hi,

    I tried these pumpkins last night after seeing the Channel 5 segment. Can you give tips or instructions on how to ink the endges? Not sure on that one. They look cute!

  2. You can ink the edges before you adhere the papers together or after. I opened the folds up flat and inked them from the front and back. Just run any ink pad along the edge. Inking is supposed to be random and distressed, so don't worry about trying to get it perfect.

  3. Do you use the same ribbon to close up the bottom and the top? Or do you use one for the bottom and one for the top? Your ribbon doesn't show through each hole. Am I missing something? I would love to make these for my Thanksgiving table.

  4. Yes, you tie a knot in the bottom of the ribbon and then thread it through the pumpkin and tie it on top, so it pulls the pumpkin in to shape.