PAPER PUMPKIN CENTERPIECES  

This craft was featured in The Big Halloween Craft Event, by Jeff Rudell.  

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Centerpiece Materials

Tools & Materials:
1 sheet of paper 15″ × 6″
(cut into eight (8) strips 15" long x 3/4" wide)
1 length of floral wire
(medium weight, approximately 9" long)
X-acto knife
cutting mat
• straight edge
scissors
• awl (or other sharp tool for piercing a small hole in paper
• needle-nose pliers




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1. Fold each strip of paper in half lengthwise.



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2. Using the awl (or a pin/needle/X-acto), pierce a small hole through both ends of each folded strip.



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3. Unfold each strip and pierce another small hole in the center of each fold.



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4. Using a small pliers, twist a small swirl in one end of a 9" length of floral wire.



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5. Gently thread the wire through the center hole in each strip of paper.



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6. Once all eight strips have been threaded onto the wire, begin with one END of the bottom-most strip of paper and thread it onto the wire and hold it in place. Working in a counter-clockwise direction, and always taking the bottom-most strip of paper, continue threading additional strips onto the wire and hold them in place. Work your way through all of the strips of paper.

Pumpkin Done




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7. Using a small pliers, twist the floral wire down until you the paper strips bow outward forming a spherical shape.

Pumpkin Done




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8. To make a leaf, fold a length of green or brown paper in half and cut out a leaf shape. Open folded paper, bend leaf into interesting shape.





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9. Attach leaf but sliding the end of it between the loops of paper. Affix with a small dot of glue.




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10. Your finished pumpkin will make a charming addition to your holiday table. Consider using the leaf as a placecard.

Pumpkin Done

Additional examples show some of the effects that can be achieved by layering two or three strips of multi-colored paper together. Even greater dimension can be achieved by twisting every other strip or by varying the length of strips. Don’t be afraid to experiment so see what sort of results you can achieve.





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