Paper is an economical way to let your kids decorate for Halloween. The great thing about making pumpkin crafts is the kids can display them through Thanksgiving as well. Following is instructions for a 3-D pumpkin paper crafts for kids.
3-D Pumpkin Paper Craft for Kids. My kids always enjoyed 3-D paper crafts and this one is quick and easy to make. Younger kids may need help with a couple of the steps.
Supplies Needed: You will need one sheet of orange construction paper, one sheet of either brown, yellow or green construction paper, scissors, whole punch, ruler, 2 brass fasteners, paper clip and glue.
Preparation: You may want to cover the work area with newspaper for the glue step. Fold the orange construction paper in half lengthwise. Open the paper back up and cut in half along the fold. You will only need half the sheet to make one pumpkin. Fold the half sheet in half lengthwise, then again. Open to see three folds (see photo #2). Cut along the folds to make four paper strips. Using a hole punch, put a hole in both ends and in the middle of each strip (see photo #3).
Assembly: STEP 1: Place one fastener straight up on your work surface. Using the center hole, slide two orange strips in a plus shape over the prongs of the brad. Then place the other two orange strips in an “x” shape over the prongs (see photo #4). Be sure the strips are evenly spaced, then open and flatten the prongs of the fastener.
STEP 2: Bring up opposite ends of the orange strips, making sure the ends overlap and the holes at the ends match up. You can use the paper clip to hold the strips in place as you bring them up while you add the others. When all of the strips are up, place the fastener into the holes with the prongs going inside of the pumpkin, then spread and flatten the prongs inside of the pumpkin. Then you can move the strips to be sure they are evenly spaced (see photo #5).
STEP 3: There are two ways you can make the stem. (A) One way is to make a small tube out of paper. The kids never liked waiting so long for the glue to dry, then waiting after gluing it to the pumpkin.
STEP 3(B): An easier stem can be made for the top by just cutting a flat stem shape from green, yellow or brown construction paper, leaving an extra 1/4″ at the bottom. Bend the paper stem at the bottom and glue to the top of the paper 3-D pumpkin so that the stem is standing upright.
NOTE: Some stores don’t carry brass fasteners. I purchased mine at Staples.
Uses for 3-D Pumpkin Paper Crafts. These paper pumpkins can stand alone or you can use them in other projects.