DIY Paper Pumpkins from the Recycle Bin

Fall is here! It's time to break out the sweaters, rake up the leaves, and decorate with everything pumpkin! (Maybe in your neck of the woods. It's still BLAZING hot here.) But, since I knew Autumn was almost upon us, I was brainstorming inexpensive, upcycled crafts to suit the season while I ran errands the other week. And, this idea popped into my head. I couldn't wait to get home and test it out.
I think these paper pumpkins turned out exceptionally cute. The bonus is all the materials were either fished from the recycle bin, found outside, or already in my stash. I bet you have most of the supplies too. Oh, and they're easy enough for kids to make.

The supplies are pretty basic.
The main construction of your paper pumpkin will be a toilet paper roll (just the cardboard),  magazine paper, and a stick. Orange paint and a paintbrush will also be needed if you want an orange pumpkin. Additional supplies are masking tape and some kind of cutting tool (though neither are completely necessary.)

Here's my video on the process for making these easy, DIY paper pumpkins.
And, here's a better look at the completed shabby pumpkins.

Seriously, ya'll, the materials are straight out of the recycling and my front yard.

I'm positive you have the supplies at your house too. Whether it's still hot where you live, or actually feeling like fall, you definitely need these shabby pumpkins in your life. 

Please let me know if you have any questions about the process! 
Happy Fall, Y'all!!

Oh, and if you're looking for another fall pumpkin project, take a look at the Pumpkin Spice Earrings I shared last year. 
They STILL smell yummy.

I've linked this post up at the following link parties: Fall into FallTalk of the Town, Dare to Share, and Craft Schooling Sunday.


  1. Love your shabby pumpkins Hope! Very creative!!

  2. This is such a great idea Hope and it can be extended to make loads of other decorations too. The only thing extra I would maybe do to get rounder pumpkins would be to put some paper horizontal on the tube at the center before adding hte vertical strips.

  3. Love your pumpkins and great to meet you on craft schooling Sunday, hope to see you again!

    1. Thanks! I hope to have something worthwhile to share!


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