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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Pinwheel Paper Pumpkin

It is officially September. 
I don't know how that is possible! In fact, this is Miss P's first day of Preschool!! AHHH!
This year is just FLYING, like literally, FLYING by!!  

I already shared a fall inspired project and well, I have another one for you today as well! 
I hope you are getting into the fall spirit already and don't totally hate me for posting stuff already! 

 Today I have a fun paper craft for you... a Pinwheel Paper Pumpkin.

I love how this guy came out!! 
Here is how you can make it for yourself.

 -Paper folder tool - I have a Martha Stewart one
-Bone Folder (there is one included with the paper folder)
-Paper Cutter
-Scrapbook Paper
-Double Sided Tape 
-Chalkboard Tag
-Thin Cardboard
-Hot Glue Gun
-Cutting Machine (optional)
-Short Stick to be used for a Stem

Begin by cutting your paper in half.

Then, cut those halves in half.
You should now have four 3 in. strips of paper.

Now, lay your paper on your paper folder.

Using the bone folder, gently press at every Inch mark going down the line.
Don't press too hard or you will go through your paper! You just want to emboss the line onto your paper.

Here you can see my embossed paper marked at every inch mark.

Time to fold your paper. 
Fold it back and forth on the embossed lines like you are making a fan.

Now it is time to create your layers.
For the first layer, take 4 of your folded strips and tape the ends together to create a pinwheel.

Next, cut a circle out of a thin piece of cardboard.
If you don't have thin cardboard around, cereal boxes are perfect too!

Using hot glue, glue the cardboard circle to the back of the pinwheel to make them tighter. 
When creating your first layer, place the stick in the center of the pinwheel before pushing it together to ensure that you don't make it too small for the stick to fit inside.

 Flip it back over and this is what it looks like.

Time for the stem... I just went out in my backyard and found a stick I liked and broke it to size.

Place hot glue all in the center of pinwheel and push the stick inside to create the stem of the pumpkin.

First layer is complete! 
Now it is time to make the rest of your layers.

2nd layer consists of 6 strips of paper.
3rd layer is made up of 8 strips.
4th layer is 8 again glued slightly larger than the one before.
5th layer is 6 again.
And the last 2 layers are only 4 layers. I just glued the bottom layer tighter than the one above it.

 When you have the pinwheels created, place hot glue on the cardboard on the one above and center it over the bottom pinwheel.

Stack another one and each layer should appear slightly larger than the ones above to make the largest area of the pumpkin.

Continue stacking until you are happy with your pumpkin gradually making the pinwheels smaller as it goes back down to give the pumpkin its shape.

Time to add a little embellishment.

I used my Cricut machine to cut out two leaves in green cardstock paper.
If you don't have a cutting machine, you can just free hand or trace a leaf.

I then placed glue on the stem portion of the leaf and push it down in the area between the stem and the pinwheel.

I took a piece of twine and tore it into separate strands and tied them around the stem.
I then took a chalkboard tag I had and wrote "fall" on it and then used green baker's twine to tie it around the stem as well. 

And it is done!! 

I love it and can't wait to use it in my fall decor! 

It would be so cute to have a couple of these in different sizes grouped on a mantle. 



  1. This is too cute! I have one of these Martha S paper folders and it is awesome! I used to use it all the time when I paper scrapbooked but don't use it as much now. Great idea!

  2. These are so cute! Might have to pull out my scoring board tonight and start working on some of these tonight while I watch TV. Thanks for the inspiration!


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