Post Contributor: Olivia Gratehouse
We’re back with another project in our “pumpkin series.” This time I decided to make these cute and quirky paper pumpkin ornaments. Hang them from a small artificial Christmas tree or simply use a branch for an autumn-themed tree.
You will need:
- decorative paper in the colors and patterns of your choice (Hobby Lobby and Michael’s have great selections. I would recommend the 12×12 sheets, as you can get three ornaments out of them.)
- twine (as thin as possible)
- a hole punch
- a paper cutter or scissors
Cut your paper into 8 x ½ inch strips; you will need eight strips for one ornament.
Punch a hole at the center and both ends of each strip. Stack the strips so the that decorative side faces down and thread a brad through the center holes, so that the point faces up. Flatten the brad to hold them in place, before fanning out the strips into a pin-wheel.
Find the topmost strip of paper to begin with. Take your second brad and thread it through the first hole at the end of the strip, and begin working your way around the pin-wheel, folding over and tucking each each strip under the one before it.
Once each strip has been tucked under, flatten the second brad, and fluff out the strips so that they form a pumpkin-shaped ornament.
Cut a 12-inch piece of twine, and wrap it around under the brad, but over the paper.
Tie the loose ends into a bow, and hang your pumpkin ornament on your tree or branch for a cutesy autumn decoration!
Don’t forget to sign your kids (tweens, teens, & yourself) up for my mixed media art workshop, The Art of Fall. Click on the image for more info.
Olivia is an aspiring novelist, a classically-trained pianist, and a tea addict. She is a home school graduate and is now attending Bible college. She enjoys reading, cooking, crafting, and quoting movies. She is an avid Whovian and a Disney fanatic. Olivia is currently writing her first novel.