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Paper Strip Pumpkin

A paper strip pumpkin can 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.

There is something very cool about turning ten strips of paper into a “ball”. That is exactly what happens when the top and bottoms ends of the paper are secured, and you start spread out the strips. If you wish the pumpkin had more orange, just add more. Ten are recommended as a minimum, to keep things easy for the mouth and eyes to attach to, but there’s no reason no to experiment with more to see what happens.


  • 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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