Let me start by saying . . . this is not a new idea. You can find tutorials and ideas for making paper strip pumpkins all over the internet. That said, I decided to add my own tut here on my blog using my Cozy Autumn Printable Paper pack. The colors in my digital papers were just perfect for these quick and simple to make pumpkins. Hopefully you will think so too and be inspired to create your own.
Here’s the Printable Papers kit I used to make my pumpkins . . . (one exception is the multi-dot printed paper, not in the printables pack but from the scrapkit)
MATERIALS NEEDED . . .
- 2 larger sized brads
- Vintage Photo Distressing ink
- Elements for decoration – I’ve used some from the Cozy Autumn Collection of kits
Print the strip paper first then flip it over in your printer and print a pattern paper on the opposite side. Do this for the number of sheets needed per pumpkin size.
Large Pumpkin – print 3 sheets. You need to trim each sheet to 8.5 x 10 inches. Cut 24 strips that are 3/4″ wide by 10″ long. Distress whatever side of the strips you want for the pumpkin outside with distress ink. Punch a 1/8″ hole in both ends of each strip.
For Medium Pumpkin – print 2 sheets and trim to 8.5 x 8.5 inches. Cut both sheets into strips that are 1/2″ wide by 8.5″ long. Distress whatever side of the strips you want for the pumpkin outside. Punch a 1/8″ hole in both ends of the strip.
For Small Pumpkin – print 2 sheets and trim to 8.5 x 7 inches. Cut both sheets into strips that are 1/2″ wide by 8.5″ long. Distress whatever side of the strips you want for the pumpkin outside. Punch a 1/8″ hole in both ends of the strip.
Add one end of all strips to a single brad as seen below. Begin with 4 center strips then add 5 strips between each of these, all the way around. Secure the brad.
Add a single brad to the opposite ends of the strips in the same manner and secure the brad when finished.
Spread the strips out around the outside of the pumpkin as seen below. If you prefer for the pumpkin to stand up straight, glue a small square of chipboard to the bottom of the pumpkin to weight it.
Finished pumpkins . . .
Now decorate the pumpkin as you like. Here are pics of my finished pumpkins.