Learn how to make these simple and fun pumpkins, gourds and ghosts in 5 steps with a few simple tools and colorful paper.
Here's the traditional and cute pumpkin paper craft taken a little further by simply getting creative with shape, size and color. Your kids will love seeing these pretty shapes spinning overhead and you will love them just as much for their clean, simple lines and pretty colors.
Supplies: I went to the paper section at Hobby Lobby and it was as easy as pumpkin pie to choose complimentary, beautiful sheets of colored paper. They are grouped by color. Whatever compliments your home and style, grab a sheet of each. I purchased the large square sheets. Remember to choose some leaf colors (small sheets are ok for the leaves, you won't need much) as well and sheets of black and white if your making ghosts ghosts. You will also need scissors, a pen or pencil and a stapler.
First: Cut the sheets into 1" strips. (Do not cut the leaf or black sheets.)
Second: Group an odd number of strips together and stack evenly. It is easier to start with about five strips until you get the hang of it. Staple the stack of strips at one end. Take the middle strip and move the strip immediately next to it up and inch or two towards the stapled end. Play around with it, the higher up the middle strip you push the strip next to it, the fatter your pumpkin or gourd will be, the less you push up the middle strip, the narrower your pumpkin will be. You can do one side and put a temporary staple in to hold the position and then match your strip placement on the other side if you have trouble keeping all your strips as you want them while you work. Place your temporary staple as far to the bottom as possible so you can trim it off easily later.
Third: Once both sides are positioned like you want, staple all the strips together at the bottom end of your pumpkin or gourd. (This staple will not be trimmed, so make it neat.)
Ghosts: Now I've covered basic construction. I will back-track a bit and tell you how to make a ghost. The same concept applies, except the head of the ghost will be small and the excess strips will be left long, not trimmed in the end. Do not use a temporary staple with ghosts, as there is no trimming it off. If you want you ghosts to have long pointy heads, move your staple farther down the strips at the top. The varied lengths of strips at the bottom, create an interesting looking body.
Fourth: Get your leaf colored papers and cut varied shapes 1" wide and a few inches long. There is nothing exact here, wavy, jagged edges are OK :) Cut some skinny strips for tendrils, too. Then, with a pen or pencil, curl your leaves and tendrils. (This is a fun part for the kids to help with :)
Fifth: Get out the glue! Glue your tendrils and leaves to the top of the gourds, hiding the staple. You can get creative. Turn your leaves right-side up or upside-down, give your creation some authenticity. For ghosts, glue their eyes and mouths to the face (hot glue probably works best for this).
Finally: Loop a cute string through your piece, hang and enjoy!
Have fun with this craft and enjoy it's pretty style for the season!