Paper Pumpkins (Fall and Halloween Craft for Kids)

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Make the supplies for these simple scrap paper pumpkins, with step-by-step instructions and Free Printable Template!

Check out these easy and cute paper pumpkins! Choose the large or small pumpkin. It’s the perfect pumpkin activity for preschool, elementary school or Halloween class party.

two scrap paper pumpkins - one large, one small
Choose a large or small pumpkin

It’s a fun and easy craft that you can even use as a Halloween decoration.

Get the Free Paper Pumpkin Printable below and you will be able to make enough supplies for a group of 20 kids (or more!) with only about 10 minutes of cutting.

Did you know pumpkins are native to North America?…read more at Wikipedia.

Here’s What You Need

Here’s your paper pumpkin craft supply list (This post contains affiliate links to the products mentioned. Read my disclosure policy for more information):

Step 1: Download and Print the Free Template

Download the Free Paper Pumpkin Printable. Just print out as many pumpkins as you need

pages of pumpkin template pdf
The Pumpkin PDF makes it easy to print out the shapes.

Step 2: For Small Pumpkin Cut Pages in Half

If you use the smaller pumpkin, make sure to save some time by lining up the printouts and cutting multiple sheets at a time.

I LOVE the look of the large pumpkin, but know that you will need A LOT of scrap paper. And it takes quite a bit of time for children to glue on every piece of paper.

For this craft, I found the larger pumpkin works better, as the small pumpkin needs smaller scrap pieces and takes longer.

Fall Pumpkin craft printable with paper to glue
If you are using the smaller pumpkin, just print out as many as you need, line the paper up and cut in half. Then cut out the scrap pieces you need for the craft.

Kids each work at their own pace so you will have some that finish quickly and some that are much slower.

Step 3: Cutting Up Scrap Paper

You may already have a stash of scrap construction paper. Just grab your orange and green pieces and cut them up into small shapes.

hands cutting orange scrap paper for pumpkin craft
cut out lots of paper at one time

If you need to cut paper for this craft, just cut strips of orange and green paper about one inch wide. Line up your strips of paper and cut multiple sheets at a time.

Step 4: How to Assemble

The kids will enjoy gluing all of those scraps onto their pumpkin!

use your scrap paper to make these fall pumpkins

Tip: Make sure to bring extra construction paper because this craft uses more than you think! especially if you’re using the large pumpkin.

  1. grab a piece of scrap paper
  2. either dip it in white school glue or rub it onto the top of your glue stick
  3. push the paper piece onto to the pumpkin where you want it
  4. continue until the pumpkin is full – try to stay in the lines
  5. Don’t forget to put your name on the back.

And you’re finished!

This is a great craft for Fall and Halloween. And it’s easy enough for preschool, elementary, Scouts or just a fun craft at home idea.

More Fall and Halloween Crafts

If you liked this craft, check out some of my other Fall and Halloween Crafts:

I’m always updating my Favorite Crafts too!

As always, I try to make my crafts fast, easy & inexpensive. Enjoy! 

Download the Free Pumpkin Printable
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