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DIY Paper Pumpkins

As soon as fall comes, we start thinking about all the fun things we can do with pumpkins, such as home décor and all sorts of crafts.

Paper Pumpkins are adorable little decorations that make a boo-tiful addition to Halloween parties. Craft your paper pumpkins in traditional orange or get creative and mix up the colors – there’s so much fun to be have and they’re super-easy to make!

We love it when crafts are quick and fun! These paper pumpkins are so much fun to make and it’s a fun Halloween and Fall craft that you can do with your kids or a great adult craft too.

Give it a try!


  • A4 Size Colored or Patterned Cardstocks of choice (Pumpkin)

  • Green Colored Paper (Leaf)

  • Cutting Mat

  • Pen Knife or Scissors

  • Ruler

  • Hole Puncher

  • ¾ Round Head Paper Fasteners


1] Prepare 1 sheet of A4 orange cardstock, place horizontal in landscape format. Mark 3cm width strips on the long side.

2] Cut into 10 strips at 3cm wide using a pen knife.

3] Punch holes at the top of card strips. (*Punch each strip separately if cardstocks are too thick to be punch together)

4] Repeat above step for the other end of strips.

5] Set aside after punching holes on all strips.

6] Download the Leaf template, print it our in 100% on green colored cardstock. Lay printed template over the green cardstock.

7] Cut out the leaf shape from green colored paper using pen knife or a pair of scissors. (*Use a tape to secure at the corners of the cardstock and the printed template together to keep the pieces secure when cutting.

8] Punch hole at the end of the cut-out leaf and set aside.

9] Ready all materials together and prepare for assembling.

10] Stack all card strips and the leaf together and make sure the holes line up.

11] Use Round head paper fasteners to secure all card strips and the leaf together.

12] Turn over and flatten the paper fastener to hold all the pieces together.

13] Turn over and repeat step 11-12 at the other end.

14] You should see this at this stage.

15] Bend the strips slightly and pull each card strip out evenly.

16] Spread out the card strips to make a pumpkin/round shape.

17] Adjust the card strips evenly and your paper pumpkin is ready for an terrifying night!


  • Recommend using cardstock or a lightweight cardstock at around 160gsm-220gsm. Normal printer paper will buckle and flatten after you shape it.

  • You’ll need around 10 strips of cardstocks for each pumpkin. The denser the pumpkin the more strips you’ll need or use lesser strips to give it a more open feel.

  • A4 size cardstock make one pumpkin at around 13cm in diameter. A3 size cardstock make one pumpkin at around 18cm in diameter. You will need 2 sheets of A5 size cardstock make one pumpkin at 9cm.

  • You may increase the width of each strip to 5cm wide to make a bigger pumpkin from A3 size cardstock.

  • If your printer is unable to feed thick cardstock for the leaf template, you may simply print on normal paper, tape the corners on top of a green cardstock and then cut according to the printed shape.

  • You may use Silk Artificial Leaves and twig to replace paper.

This paper pumpkin is a simple paper craft that is great for all ages.

Play around with the size, colors and patterned paper and make a whole bunch in varying sizes for the center of your table or make just one or two for the windowsill.

Autumn palette are dense, rich and warm and usually contains warm greens, orangey reds and deep purples. Be creative! Make various of these paper pumpkins in a mix of autumn colors or make them in shimmering glitter papers if that takes your fancy!

These paper pumpkins look super cute and are easily customizable using whatever fun papers you like. And the best part? They’re super cheap to put together.

A really fun and easy paper craft for anyone to make and a simple DIY Halloween project that also works well for Halloween and Fall décor or a quick Thanksgiving project.


Download the Leaf free template here:

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