Decorative Paper Pumpkins

These cute little pumpkins are so easy and versatile – they can be in any color or shape, tall and thin to big and round! Gather up your fall colored card stock paper, and a few sticks from the yard and you’ll be ready to make pumpkins! Add the pumpkins to your centerpiece, on the fireplace mantel, in the kitchen, or – my personal favorite – tie on a cute little name tag and use them as place cards!

 

Materials:

  • paper pumpkin template {DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE PDF HERE}
  • card stock paper
  • stick (from the yard)
  • hot glue
  • scissors
  • optional: twine, ribbon, wire,decorative name card

 

Directions:

Download and cut out the pumpkin pattern.  I’m using a rustic orange color of card stock, but choose a color that works for you.  Trace 8 pumpkin shapes and 1 center piece.  Fold each pumpkin shape in half.

For the center of the pumpkin find a stick the size and shape for the stem.  I curled wire (6″) around a paint brush to add with the stem.  Take the center piece of pumpkin pattern and roll it (you could use a pencil or paint brush), not to small.  Now slide your stick (stem) and curly wire in center and hot glue (the stick (stem) should not stick out to bottom of center).

Let’s glue…run hot glue down the folded edge of pumpkin shape, lining up the straight part of the pumpkin shape with bottom of center piece (see picture).  You want the pumpkin to sit flat on bottom, so each time you glue make sure it’s lining up straight.

I think it is easier if the first 4 shapes are glued across from each other in a X pattern (see picture).

Now glue the other 4 shapes in between. And you made a paper pumpkin!  You can add ribbon or twine to the stem.

Now that you have seen the basic shape, it’s easy to change to size and shape to make paper pumpkin patch of different pumpkins!  (Remember when you change the size, make the center to fit also.)

Have fun and get creative, cut your pumpkin shape with decorative edge scissors (I used Ripple) or give the kids the card stock paper to paint or draw on before you cut.

To make paper pumpkin into a place card, I punched a 2” decorative circle for each person’s name and tied it on with twine…so cute!

Halloween Ghost Jars

Save your old jars and give them new life as adorably spooky Halloween decorations! This project is super simple, tons of fun, and they are so customizable – the faces can be made to match your Halloween decor (and the kids might enjoy designing some, too!).

These ghost jars look great as decorations during daytime and even better lit up at night!

Materials:

  • Jars any size, shape (remove labels and clean)
  • Black felt (one 9″ by 12″ felt square was plenty for 8 ghosts)
  • Double stick tape (clear)
  • Cheese cloth  (1 1/2 yards will 5 to 6 ghosts)
  • Scissors
  • Battery-powered tea lights (with these there’s no worries about fire)

Make sure your jars are clean and all the labels are removed. If you are having trouble removing the sticky part of the label, try Goo Gone.

Since I’m using the battery tea lights instead of regular candles, the big guy is actually a plastic apple juice container!  I cut the top off with my kitchen scissors (of course, you would not want to use plastic containers if you were using candles with an actual flame – big time fire hazard!!).

Some of the other jars are from pasta sauce, olives, and jelly… any jars will work!

You can find cheese cloth fabric at Jo Ann Fabric, for about $3.00 per yard.  Cut the gauge into strips, 1 1/2″ to 2″ (not to small or  the gauze will fall apart).  Start wrapping the jars, use the clear double stick tape to hold the gauze in place.  You will want some over lapping, I think they look best with about 2 to 3 single layers.  Play with it until you get the look you like, don’t forget the top area.

Now for the fun, out of black felt, cut out ghost faces. Depending on the age of your kids, they may enjoy drawing and cutting out some of the ghost faces (or maybe just drawing if they’re too young for scissors!).  A small piece of tape will hold them in place, and you’re done!

Turn on the battery tea lights and don’t get too scared! 🙂

Yes that is one of those cheap spider rings that I cut off the ring part of… he just looked like he needed a spider on him.  The tall skinny one, I glued two jars together, making a taller jar.

I love that these fun ghosts look great by themselves or with other decorations, during the day or lit up at night! They’re one of my favorite Halloween decorations! I think my favorite place to display them is on the windowsills of the front windows – they look so cool all lit up, and everyone that passes by can see them, too! 🙂

 

I’m sharing this with Tip Junkie & Happy Hour Projects.

Recycled Fall Wreath with Painted Paper Bag Leaves

This fun, kid-friendly project is a great way to re-use those old paper grocery bags and decorate for fall!

MATERIALS

Leaf template {DOWNLOAD LEAF TEMPLATE HERE}

Large paper bags

Paint (in fall colors – I used red, yellow, brown, and gold)

Hot glue and/or double stick tape

Wire (26 gauge)

Styrofoam wreath

Burlap or ribbon

DIRECTIONS

Download & print out leaf pattern. Wrap the wreath with burlap strips or ribbon, hot glue end to hold in place.

Here’s where the kids can get involved: it’s time to paint the paper bags. I cut the bag into sections, and painted each a different color (red, gold, yellow, brown).

After the paint is dry, cut two rectangular pieces large enough for the leaf.  Put one rectangle painted piece down (non painted side up) and glue (or use double sided tape) wire down the center. Then add more glue or tape and place the other rectangle on top (paint side up).  Lay your leaf pattern on top, then trace and cut out.

 

I made 35 leaves.

Push each leaf with wire into the wreath and continue until your wreath is covered in leaves.  The wire is flexible and allows you to bend and shape the leaves to give the wreath a little dimension.

Once the wreath is completed, you may want to attach ribbon or burlap strips so that you can hang it  – I just used small straight pins to pin my burlap strips to the back of the wreath.

 

Sharing this with Kissed by a Frog & Tip Junkie.

 

Newspaper Flowers

Recycle old newspapers to create these fun & original flowers!

Each sheet of newspaper can make multiple flowers, which you can use as a unique and eco-friendly way to decorate cards, and embellish any plain gift bags or wrapped gifts!

 

Materials:

-Flower template {download template here}

-Old newspapers

-Toothpick

-Paint (watercolor or acrylic, depending on your desired look)

-Scissors

-Paintbrush

-Small decorative brads

-Pen or pencil

-Optional: Spray starch (to make more stiff)

 

Directions:

Download and print out the flower template. Cut out each flower from the template page and use a toothpick to punch a small hole in the center of each flower.

Choose the newspaper pages that will become your flowers – try to choose pages that have a lot of text and few pictures (and you’ll probably want to avoid the obituaries).

Painting Option 1 – Acrylic Paint

This method will result in more coverage; acrylic paint is thicker, so you won’t see as much newsprint  through the paint.

Choose your desired color(s) of acrylic paint – the flowers I created for this tutorial used 3 colors of paint. Use as few or as many colors as you’d like, and experiment with different color combinations for different looks.

Using acrylic paint will yield the look  in the picture below:

Painting Option 2 – Watercolor

Using watercolor paint gives a tint of color to the newspaper, and allows all of the newsprint to show through. I’ve found that when using watercolors for this project, it looks better to stick to just one color on a page.

Using watercolor on the newspaper will produce the look in the picture below:

 

Paint one side of the newspaper, using any painting technique you like – I randomly painted different areas with each color, and then did a little dry brushing on top. Allow paint to dry completely.

Turn the newspaper over (painted side down), and trace each of the flowers cut out from the template. Be sure to mark the center of each flower.

Cut out the flower shapes. Use a toothpick to gently poke a small hole through the marked center of each flower.

Gently “crumble” each flower.

Open each flower up, being careful not to tear the paper. Put the brad through the hole in the center, starting with the smallest flower, and working up to the largest flower.

Secure the flower by opening the brad in the back.

Optional: you can spray your finished flowers with spray starch to stiffen the paper and help the flower hold it’s shape.

Each sheet of newspaper should be able to make several flowers – have fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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