How to Make Hanging Paper Pumpkins

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October 7, 2018

Hanging Paper Pumpkins - two hanging paper pumpkinsI love these pumpkins because they have a lovely vintage feel to them. When hung, they cast pretty shadows and show many dimensions whilst gently spinning. This is a great craft for all ages for the entire autumn season.


Total Time: 45 minutes


  • construction paper (orange, green, brown)
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • scissors or paper cutter
  • binder clip
  • stapler
  • string
Hanging Paper Pumpkins - supplies


  1. Mark the shorter side of your construction paper at every inch.
  2. Hanging Paper Pumpkins - make a mark every inch along the short side of the construction paper
  3. Cut into long 1" wide strips.
  4. Hanging Paper Pumpkins - cut into 1 inch wide strips
  5. Now trim them so you have two, 11" strips, two 9" strips, two 7" strips, and one 6" strip. (To make a smaller one, just follow this formula and subtract an inch or two.)
  6. Hanging Paper Pumpkins - cut to the specified lengths

  7. Stack your strips so they are in this order: 11", 9", 7", 6", 7", 9", 11". The shortest one will be sandwiched in the middle. Make sure they're lined up at one end, then secure with binder clip.
  8. Hanging Paper Pumpkins - stack as described and clip
  9. Staple all the strips together at the top.
  10. Hanging Paper Pumpkins - staple through all strips at the top
  11. Now line up the other end so it's flush, then staple it shut.
  12. Hanging Paper Pumpkins - line up the other end and staple
  13. Fold the green paper in half, then draw a leaf shape at the fold.
  14. Hanging Paper Pumpkins - fold green paper in half and sketch a leaf pattern at the fold

  15. Cut out then open up.
  16. Hanging Paper Pumpkins - cut out and open
  17. Do the same for the stem on brown paper, but cut out a plain long rectangle.
  18. Hanging Paper Pumpkins - follow same process to cut a straight stem from brown paper
  19. Pinch the leaf onto the pumpkin, then pinch the stem on top.
  20. Hanging Paper Pumpkins - pinch the leaf on the top and then repeat with the stem
  21. Staple them into place vertically.
  22. Hanging Paper Pumpkins - staple in place vertically
  23. Use your pencil to curl the leaves upward.
  24. Hanging Paper Pumpkins - use the pencil to curl the leaves up

  25. Pull your string through the loop of the stem. Hang your pumpkin.
  26. Hanging Paper Pumpkins - pull string through the loop of the stem and hang
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