I just love to make Fall crafts! And, today we are going to learn how to make a 3D paper pumpkin out of construction paper. But we are not going to leave at just that. I mean, this is not a new concept. You have probably seen DIY paper pumpkins in lots of places if you have Googled it even once, but what makes these special is the detail that we are going to use. We will be adding a mandala art design to the pumpkin, keeping it simple of course. If you want to get more complex you can. Just do a search on the internet for mandala art and take some inspiration from art like this or this. These 3D mandala art DIY paper pumpkins can be displayed all over your home, individually or in clusters for the best effect. Make them part of your Halloween party decorations or include them in your holiday tablescape. With this creative paper craft there is no end to the possibilities!
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SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- 6 Pieces of construction paper (white or color of choice)
- Glue stick
- Scrap of green construction paper
- Green pipe cleaner
- Scotch tape
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Step 1: Cut Out the Paper Pumpkins
- Take a piece of your construction paper and fold it in half. *Run the handle of your scissors down the fold to make a crisp fold.
- Now, cut a half circle, being sure to leave a flat section on the bottom so that your pumpkin can sit up properly. You can trace this out with a pencil first to make it easier. For little ones who are mastering the skill of using scissors, go over the line with a bold marker to make it easier for them to cut.
- You can make the half circle as big or as little as you would like, depending on the size pumpkin that you would like to make.
- Use your first pumpkin as the template for making 5 more exactly the same, for a total of 6 all together.
*There are templates that you can use for this step if you would prefer
Step 2: Decorate Your Pumpkins
Now it is time to add our mandala art detailing to your paper pumpkins craft.
- Start by finding something round to trace, like a mug, coaster or lid. Place this half way over the top of one of your pumpkins right in the center and trace it with a pencil. This will be the foundation for your mandala decoration.
- Do the same thing on the bottom of the pumpkin, but trace a smaller section of the circle onto your paper pumpkin since the bottom decoration will not be as large.
- Next, use your markers to trace over the partial circles you have drawn and begin to build layers out from there. I used dots, circles, more lines in different directions, swirls, triangles, etc. in layers to make my mandala art. You can keep this monotone or give it lots of color. This is your Autumn art. So, use your imagination and make it however you want!
- Once you have made your designs on the top and bottom of your pumpkin, add some little details to the center. There is no wrong way to do this. A couple of examples of things you might try are dots, flowers, swirls, spirals or nothing at all if that is your preference.
- You will need to repeat the pattern on each of your pumpkins that you cut out.
*For little ones, you can draw on the design and have them color it in if that is preferred. Or just let the decorate it however they would like.
Repeating a pattern is a great way to practice visual perception. That is the way that we process the information that we are taking in through our eyes. This skill is essential to so many of our daily activities, but when it is not working properly it can especially be a barrier to success with reading and writing. To learn more about the skill of visual perception, check out this article from our friends at The Inspired Treehouse.
Step 3: Put it Together
It is time to make our paper pumpkins 3D!
- Cut a small green rectangle from the scrap of construction paper. This will be your stem. Set it aside for now.
- Then, cut the green pipe cleaner in half and curl it around your pencil to give it a twisty vine shape.
- Using the glue stick, adhere half of one of the pumpkins to half of another. Repeat this process until you have 3 pumpkins stuck together.
- At this point you are going to glue the stem into the center and tape the vine in place. Don’t worry, all of this will be covered as we add the rest of the pumpkins.
- Now continue to add pumpkins, glue the halves together.
- Finally, you will have each paper folding pumpkin into place so that you can glue the final two halves together, making your pumpkin 3D.
These creations are perfect paper pumpkins for Halloween or anytime through Fall. I couldn’t stop at making just one. So, there are templates in 3 sizes. Of course, you can choose to cut more and make any size that you want, even teeny tiny ones. You could even make a gourd shape for the Thanksgiving table! These aren’t just Halloween arts and crafts…they are so much more! I hope that you enjoy making this paper pumpkin DIY as much as I enjoyed creating it.
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