Friday, September 26, 2014

Paper Pumpkins

This week was filled with art. I spent time in a pottery studio, and last night I took a mixed media workshop-- will post pictures soon!
I also crossed "make a new blog banner" off  my to do list this week. I wanted a fall theme and pumpkins are my favorite fall decoration. I had so much fun making these paper pumpkins that I thought I would share how to make them.
Materials list: Scissors, glue and any paper. I used magazines but you could use news paper, junk mail or old school papers from your child's backpack. Craft paint or makers.
Optional: Sewing Machine.   I sew paper all the time. Tip: make sure the needle is sharp, maybe put a new needle in before you start.

First I drew two pumpkins. Then divided them into sections and cut out each section creating a pattern to work off .
Easy so far!

For this pumpkin I decided to use old postcards. I liked the rich muted colors on these cards.

Next, I placed my pattern pieces on the postcards and traced around the pieces with a pen. I work in a loose manner and don't mind seeing the ink on my finished pumpkin.

Now we need a base. I laid the pattern on a piece of paper and traced round the outside of the pattern. Now I have the pumpkin's shape on the base paper.

In this step we glue the cutout postcard pieces to the base paper. I don't worry if the pieces don't line up. Seeing the base paper between pieces is okay with me. If you find you don't like it showing use a maker or paint to fill in the gaps.

I love to sew paper! So, I decided to outline my pumpkin pieces in black thread. You can  use paint or markers to outline the pumpkin pieces. Again, I work loose, my sewing is not perfect. I'm not seamstress and I don't care for straight perfect lines. As a matter of fact I often go in reverse, then forward again to get more lines in an area. If you decide to use a sewing machine, have fun with it.This is not a test!

Last step, I cut the pumpkin away from the rest of the base paper. After seeing the photo of the pumpkin on the base I wish I would have left it whole. Oh well, that's the way it goes.

Now what to do with these pumpkins?  Any ideas?  Leave me your thoughts in the comment box. I may have to "bedazzle" these pumpkins. I do love metallic inks and paints.

If you decide to make your own pumpkins this weekend email photos, I would love to see them!

Have a great day and stop back soon!

P.S. Yes, the bugs are real in my blog banner. They are dead, I collect dead bugs. Okay that's creepy but I always find cool things to do with them!    And, the odd white boxes in my post---have no idea what they are. They don't show up on my editing page but when I publish, there they are.


  1. You know I like your pumpkins. Are you still dying paper bags? xox

    1. Thanks Corrine. I do still use the dyed brown bags often. Soon I will be painting real pumpkins!

  2. Those are all nice but the one with the real bugs is cool!!

  3. OMG. This is where your banner imagery came from. These are do swoon over! I can't wait to make one. I only have 713 other things to make. I better get a priority list going.

    This is going to be in the top three!

    1. Thanks! I can't wait to see what you make, I know it will be fab!

  4. Jill, this is my favorite banner. I just love it!