Scrappy Pumpkins

Scrappy Pumpkins are a fun way to decorate for the Fall season!

Scrappy Pumpkins are a super fun and easy way to decorate your home! | #craft #pumpkin

As Halloween quickly approaches, I have had fun recalling some “oldies but goodies” pumpkin crafts.  One of these classics makes use of a cardboard roll and strips of paper to make a pumpkin.  I put my own spin on this craft using decorative scrapbook paper and some felt – hence the name “Scrappy Pumpkins”.  This craft is wonderful because you can make a variety of shapes and sizes of pumpkins just by changing the height of your roll.  Use any colors you want to create pumpkins that are uniquely your own.

Scrappy Pumpkins are a super fun and easy way to decorate your home! | #craft #pumpkin

Materials Needed:
12×12 scrapbook paper
scissors or paper cutter
cardboard rolls
assorted card stock for stems
felt – optional
paint – optional


The base of the pumpkin is a cardboard roll (from either a roll of toilet paper or paper towels).  There are many ways to decorate the base: paint, felt, or paper.  For this pumpkin I chose brown felt and an 8″ roll.  (I cut a paper towel roll down to 8 inches.)


To cover your roll with felt, cut the felt as wide as the roll and then as long as it takes to cover the roll.  It is okay if there is some overlap.  Put glue on the felt and then roll the felt around the cardboard roll making sure to smooth the felt.

After deciding on the height of your pumpkin (mine ranged from 3 – 8 inches), pick out your paper.  I used a variety of papers, all 12×12 inches.  My favorite was the double-sided metallic teal paper.  (If you don’t have double-sided paper and you don’t want the white showing, use a glue-stick to glue two pieces together.  It really makes for some neat color combinations and gives the pumpkin some added dimension as well.)


Cut your paper into strips.  I used 3/4″ strips to start and then finished with 1/2″ strips but you can make them whatever width you want.  Put a piece of tape on one of your strip of paper and press it firmly to the inside of the roll.  Put a piece of tape on the other end of the strip and press it to the inside of the bottom of the roll.  Keep repeating until your pumpkin has the look you desire.

The height of your roll will determine the size and shape of your pumpkin.  A taller roll results in a taller, narrower pumpkin while a short roll results in a shorter, wider pumpkin.

For the stem, I rolled up a piece of brown cardstock and stuck it in the opening at the top.

I cut some thin strips of paper and rolled it around my finger creating some curl.  I glued the tip of those strips and pressed it to the inside of the roll.

Here is the finished product:

Here are some others that we made…

Scrappy Pumpkins are a super fun and easy way to decorate your home! | #craft #pumpkin

I hope you get crafty this week and make yourself some “Scrappy Pumpkins”!

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  2. (found ya on a link party)
    These are awesome! Im going to have to try making these :)

  3. I’m follower 150! Woot-woot! This is so awesome! I just love it! I would love if you would come share this at The Crazy Cute Link Party @ Between U & Me! :D

  4. You are very talented! Thanks so much for stopping by at The Crazy Cute Link Party and linking up all your awesome projects! Looking forward to seeing you next week!

  5. those are so cute!!

  6. These are super cute! I love the metallic paper!

  7. Great idea! I’d love if you would share it at my blog party this weekend, hope you can make it!

  8. These are so cute. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for linking to Things I’ve Done Thursday.


  9. Fabulous, I enjoy Fall decoration ideas and always look for new things, this is perfect.

    Thank you for the great step by step tutorial.

    :) Lori m
    Coming from WhipperBerry’s Link Party

  10. This project rocks how awesome and I love that it uses scraps!!!

    Come link this up to scrappy saturdays tomorrow at!


  11. I love that simmery paper you used, and the curly vines are so cute! I’m going to have to give these are try! Thanks for sharing. Visiting from TT&J.

  12. This is so amazing! I love it! I’d love for you to link up to my linky party at

  13. I love how they all look together. So pretty! Would be great if you would share this over at the Etcetorize linky party this week: ~

  14. These are some of the best scrappy pumpkins I’ve seen! Awesome job!

    Mandi at BBM

  15. I just wanted to tell you, since I’m so excited about how cute these pumpkins are, I’ve set up a scrappy pumpkin playdate for my 7-year-old tomorrow after dinner. He and his buddies are going to make a bunch of these guys! :)

  16. Very cute idea!
    It would be great for a preschool class.
    Thanks for sharing!

  17. I love the idea of the tp tube. This is a definate craft to do with my daughter

  18. love the pumpkins!

  19. I love how these look in a grouping! Thanks for linking up to my Terrorific Tuesday blog hop!

  20. Really cute–I love the blue one!

  21. these are ADORABLE & look so easy! Your display is fabulous. I want to make some today!

    Thanks for sharing on last week’s Sunday Showcase. I hope to see you share more of your fun ideas this week.


  22. These are so cute and easy – nothing better than fast results and a good look!

  23. These are cute, light, airy, colorful, and playful! [email protected]

  24. These are adorable! I absolutely love them.

    Found you on I <3 Naptime!

  25. Adorable! What a great idea!! I am visiting from Running with Glitter and I am a new follower!!
    I hope you are having a great day!

  26. Cute! I’ve seen several around with stiffer paper and no tube in the middle – these are a nice variation on that. Love the different colors!

    I’d love for you to link up to my pumpkin party.

    “Pumpkinspiration Party!

  27. Oh those are great! I’ll have to give those a try. Thanks for sharing!

  28. Such adorable little pumpkins! I love how they turned out! That is one of the best pumpkin displays I have ever seen! Thanks for linking up @ Show & Share! Love your support!

  29. really cute! love the way they all look together in your vignette too! xoxo, tracie

  30. Too cute!

  31. I’m visiting from More the Merrier these are way cute and tons of fun. I’m your newest follower, I would love if you would come check me out over at

  32. The pumpkins are awesome! This was a project I wanted to try this year and never got to. (funny how that works right?) I think yours looks the easiest of the ones I’ve seen. Great job!

  33. CUTE! Those are awesome!! What a wonderfully fun idea!! I would love for you to link up

  34. This is such a great idea! We would love to feature them over at Sassy Babies. Come over and check it out. And grab our button, if you’d like! Thanks!

    I would love for you to link up my my very first Fresh Friday Link Party!

  36. These are awesome! I saw you over at Fingerprints on the Fridge…I added these to my list of colorful halloween decor ideas here:
    Check it out if you like :)

  37. These are very cute!! Love the photo with all of them grouped together!

  38. An oldie reformed into a goodie! Great pumpkins!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  39. Cute idea and I love the mix of papers you chose! Thanks so much for coming out to the party at Clean and Scentsible. I’ll be featuring this on my Facebook page. Have a great day!
    Jenn :)

  40. Oh my gosh- those are so cute!

  41. Super cute! Would love if you’d join our Countdown to Fall link party! Hope to see you there! Happy Friday! :)

  42. Beautiful!

  43. Those are awesome! I have tons of paper scraps that would be perfect for this! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  44. I’m a new follower. I love your blog! Such great projects. And these pumpkins are awesome. I think I may try to make one.

  45. What a nice display of pumpkins. Those seem so easy to make, and I’ve got plenty of scrapbook paper. Can’t wait to try.

  46. I just made 3 of the pumpkins and they turned out great. So easy as well.

  47. Thank you for the idea! These will be great to teach my occupational therapy class! We have to teach a craft – these look so cool!

  48. I am featuring this on my blog today! I hope you’ll come by to check it out! You’ve inspired me to start saving my cardboard tubes! Incidentally…I love the name of your blog! The only thing is, I want to be in time out with you! Phew!

  49. What a great idea just made 6 of these with my grand daughter but made them with color paper strip ,we had tons of fun thanks

  50. Love the new look of your blog.. :) And the pumpkins are so cute and look very easy to make.. Have a great weekend!
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  52. I love these pumpkins!! They are so cute. I will love making them and so will my kids! So glad I found them on pinterest. I love your site!! great work. :)

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