Easy 3D Paper Pumpkins for Fall [HCC Day 8]

Easy 3D Paper Pumpkins for Fall

These 3D paper pumpkins are PERFECT for decorating your home for Fall. Best of all, they are super simple to make and can be done in a range of sizes and colours for a wonderful Autumn collection!

I love my little pumpkin collection; they are sitting in pride of place on the shelves in my craft room. I’m not sure I will be able to bring myself to put them away once Halloween has passed… I’ll need to find a Christmas alternative to replace them with!

These pumpkins are made from strips of orange paper or card. No cutting machine is needed – just a paper trimmer (or even a pair of scissors would be fine)!

3D paper pumpkins

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How to make 3D paper pumpkins

Watch the video below to find out how make 3D paper pumpkins from strips of paper. Or, keep scrolling for a written tutorial.


Paper pumpkin craft project & materials

Here is a list of the materials that I used to make this project.

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  • Orange card in various sizes and colours (A4 and A3)
  • Metal brads
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scraps of green card
  • Autumn leaf embellishments
  • A pricking tool/weeding tool and something to protect your work surface (I used an old piece of packaging foam)

Paper pumpkins pattern


How to make a pumpkin out of strips of paper

These paper pumpkins are quick and simple to make. They would be a good project for children to make, but perhaps use a different type of glue instead of a hot glue gun (or maybe you do that bit for them!!) for safety reasons.

Step 1: Cut the paper strips

Cut your orange card into strips that are all the same width and length.

The amount of strips you will need depends on the width and length you are making them.

I cut A3 card lengthways and 1.5 inch in width, and used 6 strips for a medium-sized pumpkin.

For smaller card, e.g. A4 or US letter, try cutting it at 1 inch in width instead to make it a little easier to put together.

Cut the paper pumpkin strips of card


Step 2: Prick holes in the ends of the paper strips

Use a pricking tool, weeding tool or similar to put a small hold in both ends of each strip of card.

I did this on a piece of old packaging foam to protect my work surface and to have a “squidgy” surface to help the weeding tool pierce the card easier.

Prick holes in each end of every strip


Step 3: Position the card strips

Place your strips of card in a “star” position where they are all overlapping.

Place the card strips in a star shape


Step 4: Create the paper pumpkin shape

Starting with one of the strips at the bottom of the pile, pull up each of the edges and thread a brad through the holes.

The “circular” head part of the brad should be at the bottom, so you are poking the end bits up through the paper strips.

Add the first paper strip to the brad

Take the next strip of paper and thread each of the sides of that one onto the brad.

Second strip of card

Continue until all the strips are threaded onto the brad, then close up the brad to seal all the strips in place.

Close the brad

You may need to move the strips around a bit to get them into the correct position.


Step 5: Add the pumpkin stalk

Cut a small rectangle of green card.

Cut a rectangle of green card

Roll it up into a “stalk” shape and use a glue gun to stick the edge down.

Make a stalk shape

Put some glue on the top of the pumpkin, over the brad, and stick the stalk on top.

Glue the stalk to the top of the pumpkin


Step 6: Decorate the pumpkin

Stick on material leaves or other embellishments to decorate the pumpkin.

Decorate with autumn leaves

If you can’t find premade leaves then you could cut some with a Cricut machine or other digital cutting machine, or perhaps find some leaf images on the computer and print them out then cut around the edges.

Once the glue is dry, your paper pumpkin is finished!!

I made several different ones from different sizes and colours of card to make a “pumpkin patch” collection to decorate my craft room.

For the largest size, I glued two strips of card together to make “extra long” strips šŸ˜€

Easy 3D Paper Pumpkins for Fall


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to make giant paper pumpkins from strips of paper.

If you love pumpkin crafts as much as me, you might also like these projects:

Happy crafting,
Sarah x