Make a Paper Pumpkin

Paper PumpkinsThis project turned out to be a very quick and easy way to make a 3D shape out of strips of paper.
1. I used orange construction paper in the standard 9″x12″ size, and then used a paper cutter to make a pile of orange strips that were 1″ wide by 12″ tall. The students were given 10 strips of paper, a push pin and two paper fasteners. They were to stack the strips and use the push pin to help make a hole in each end through all the layers.
2. The pin is removed and replaced by the paper fastener. It’s best to push it through just a couple of layers at a time.
3. The paper fastener legs are opened and the strips are adjusted around each pin until they are equally spaced apart and a globe shape takes place.
4. Black eyes and mouth are cut out and glued on with a glue stick. A string of yarn may be tied to one end.

10 Responses

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  2. Amanda
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    Just stopping by to let you know that I have featured your project on Fun Family Crafts! You can see it here
    http://funfamilycrafts.com/paper-strip-jack-o-lanterns/

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, I’d love it if you would submit them :) If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.

  3. Noreen
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    I have found some great ideas on your site, and have linked to
    several of your creative projects. These links will help you be found more easily. I would really appreciate it if you would link back to me to make my site more easily found, also.

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    Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  4. Smashgirl
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    This was also a well liked project! The kids really enjoyed making their jack-o-lanterns! These would look so cute hanging in a classroom, I’ll have to share your site with my teacher friends!
    Thanks!

  5. Mallory
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    Thanks so much for this project! You saved me :) I was searching and searching for just one more lesson for my students— my school does not allow any “halloween” projects, just fall, so I changed your “jack-o-lantern” into a normal pumpkin and added a stem on top with a hot glue gun and brown or green paper. THANK YOU AGAIN. I love your site :)

  6. stefani
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    I just did this for my son’s 3rd grade class’ art appreciation lesson on “shape.” It was a hit!! Thank you!

  7. Nevis
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    Awesome!

  8. Kathy Barbro
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    Thanks so much for taking time to write. I really love hearing all your feedback!

  9. CC
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    I love your blog!! I’m a Speech Pathologist in an elementary school and I love to incorporate art into my lessons. Plus I have a very creative 5 year old son. I’m not creative enough to have my own ideas, but your blog provides the perfect solution! I’m subscribing now!

  10. Silvia
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    That looks really fun!

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