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Paper Strip Pumpkin

This paper strip pumpkin turned out to be a very quick and easy way to make a 3D shape out of strips of paper. Lots of room for customizing with the face.


  • Orange construction paper
  • Black construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Paper cutter
  • Push pin or similar item
  • Paper fastener, or brad
  • Glue stick


  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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Black eyes and mouth are cut out and glued on with a glue stick. A string of yarn may be tied to one end.

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