Simple Paper Pumpkin Tutorial {Giveaway}

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.


Simple Paper Pumpkin Tutorial via Snap

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

Paper Pumpkin Tutorial via Snap

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…

Supply List:

Paper Pumpkin SuppliesThe first step in creating your pumpkin is to trim two sheets of 12×12 scrapbook paper down into 1″ strips.

Paper Pumpkin 2

Next punch a small hole in both ends of the paper strips.

Paper Pumpkin Tutorial

Stack the paper strips up and push a brad through the entire stack at the top and bottom.

Paper Pumpkin Tutorial

*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…

Paper Pumpkin Tutorial

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?).

Paper Pumpkin Tutorial

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.

Paper Pumpkin Tutorial

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…

Paper Pumpkin TutorialThe leaves in the back had more of the brown on them.

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.

Paper Pumpkin TutorialAnd that’s it…A cute paper pumpkin. SO easy to make!

Simple Paper Pumpkin Tutorial via Snap

Other Great Pebbles Basics Projects

The other Pebbles team members have come up with some really, really amazing projects too. Here’s a sampling…

pebbles hopAmanda 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


Follow the instructions in the widget below to enter to win anytime through Friday, Sept. 6, at 5 pm.MST AND don’t forget to head over to Pebbles for a $200 grand prize giveaway!

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Tauni is a former public relations executive who spent 12+ years handling communications and events for an array of clients, from the NBA and Olympics to numerous high ranking politicians. Today, she handles social media for a local agency and hosts SNAP!, an annual social media conference for bloggers focused on entertaining, craft and home DIY.

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  1. I love this cute little pumpkin and it looks so simple to make. Thank you for sharing the tutorial – I may have to make a whole patch of them….

  2. I love pepples paper. I use to be lucky enough to like just down the street from their orem store, and loved all the amazing papers they have. I’d make cards, banners, and treat bags for all the fun holidays coming up.

  3. Love it Tauni! I’ve made these pumpkins before but mine never seemed to look as good as yours…totally lopsided. BTW- At least your manicure matches your project. Holly 🙂

  4. Hello! I love this tutorial, I’ve just pinned it so I can remember it near Halloween! I’d try and make this with lots of papercraft basics! I’d also make some scrapbook layout and cards, because I love them too. Thanks for the chance to win! x

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  6. That is a cute way to decor the house. If I have tons of paper first I’m going to smell them because the smell of new papers are awesome (crazy cardmaker over here). And then I will be doing tons of crafts that my family said Andrea you’re going to craft all day long? and I will answer YES!.

  7. Wonderful pumpkin. Thanks for all the tips too. I think I would make 3D projects and cards. It’s what I do mainly. But you never know I may have to try this pumpkin out too. It is so cute.

  8. Layouts! I would make layouts. I’m a total layout girl.
    Love your pumpkin tutorial!!! So fun! I think I will make these with my preschool kids. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I love this pumpkin, it’s so cute! Thanks for sharing. I would make scrapbook layouts and cards with paper crafting basics.

  11. Adorable pumpkin! I’m always behind scrapping my son and I love to try out a variety of crafts and make cards so there’s LOTS of places the papers could be used.

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