Happy Labor Day! It’s starting to…gosh I struggle to find the right word…SEEM…a lot more like fall. It’s super hot outside and doesn’t FEEL like fall, but the kids are back in school, football season has kicked off and I am loving all of the cute fall clothes I’ve seen in stores.
In any event, I am now focused on fall crafts. I am really excited to share a simple paper pumpkin tutorial with you today.
If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that I am now working with the Pebbles, Inc. Design Team. This is both exciting (I love Pebbles!) and absolutely terrifying for me…I have NO
desire ability to create detailed scrapbook layouts like most of the girls and when I share a handmade card, it’s typically one that I’ve purchased at a fun market.
Fortunately, the girls on the team have been wonderful about teaching me a little about paper crafting whilst I share a bit about DIY projects and blogging with them…These sharing moments are the things great friendships are made of. I am lucky to know them.
I know. I know. You’re wondering when I am going to get on with the crafting part of this post…Well, for our first assignment is to create a project of choice using the Pebbles Basics collection. Which brings me all the way back around to fall crafting and my tutorial…
Simple Paper Pumpkin Tutorial
The great thing about this easy project is how versatile it is. You could use this as decor in your home, as a centerpiece and/or as name cards at dinner.
There are actually relatively few supplies needed for this project and while I used Pebbles Basics (available for CHEAP on Amazon), you really could use anything…
- Pebbles Basics Apricot Dot 12×12 Scrapbook Paper another great option would be Pebbles Basics Apricot Mini Dot 12×12 Scrapbook Paper
- Pebbles Basics Leaf Chevron 12×12 Scrapbook Paper
- American Crafts Elements Assorted Brads, City Park
- Pebbles Basics Printed Chipboard Chips
- Pebbles – Classic Chalk Set – 10 Piece – Brights
- Paper Trimmer
- Mini Hole Punch
Next punch a small hole in both ends of the paper strips.
Stack the paper strips up and push a brad through the entire stack at the top and bottom.
*Here you will definitely note my need for a new manicure…I have been saving this one by slapping a little clear polish on the edges. Oopsie!
Once the brads fastened, fan out your paper strips. They will make a neat little paper ball, like so…
Once the base of the pumpkin is ready, the next step is to create the stem and the vines. To create both the stem and vines, wind paper strips around a pencil (or in my case a mechanical eraser – use what you’ve got, right?).
Next create some leaves.
If I was as awesome as Amanda and Juliana, I would totally have created a free SVG file for you to download so that the leaves could be cut out with a digital cutter, but I am not. I just sort of sketched some random leaves on a piece of paper and cut them out. I left a little bit of a tail on the leaves so that they would have a bit of movement when I attached them to the pumpkin.
I decided to try some chalk to add dimension to the leaves. Naturally, I forgot to take a photo of this step, but all I did was darken the edges and center of each leaf. I used the greens and browns in the Pebbles Bright Chalk set (thank you Candace for sparking my interest in the chalks).
You can sort of see the green chalk on the bright leaf in the front here…
While I was gluing the stem, vines and leaves to the top of the pumpkin. I decided that it needed a little something else and grabbed a tag from the Pebbles Basics Printed Chipboard Chips.
Other Great Pebbles Basics Projects
The other Pebbles team members have come up with some really, really amazing projects too. Here’s a sampling…
Amanda Coleman – Paper Gift Bag | Becky Williams – Cutest Little Minnie Scrapbook Layout
Candace Zentner – Celebrate You Card | Emily Spahn – My Guy Scrapbook Layout
Eva Pizarro – Fresh Market Scrapbook Layout | Holly Gagnon – Time for Tea
Juliana Michaels – Gift of Love Scrabook Layout | Kathy Martin – Carolina Scrapbool Layout
Kim Jeffress – Happy Birthday! Card | Kim Kesti – You Make Me Smile Scrapbook Layout
Laurel Seabrook – Teacher Gift | Marjan Pel – Birthday Scrapbook Layout
Nina Yang – Paper Gift Box | Patricia Kumfer – Pebbles Basics Cards
Renee Zwirek – Hello Happiness Scrapbook Layout | Samantha Taylor – Lunch Box Cards
Suzanna Lee – Make a Wish Scrapbook Layout | Tiffany Hood – Baby Gift
Wendy Antenucci – Celebrate Together Scrapbook Layout | Wendy Sue Anderson – Paper Gift Bags