Google Paper Pumpkins.
They are the cutest little craft ever. I came across them on Pinterest which then of course linked me to the Martha Stewart tutorial on them because apparently even if you try and think of something new to do, there’s a good chance Martha and her team have already done it before it was even a thought in your head. In fact if you’re thinking about that craft right now, I am betting her team is currently finishing up the photoshop to have it appear online within the next 24 hours. Damnit.
I admit I am not a very good indoor Fall season decorator. Not that I don’t like it, I just tend to go a little bit crazy on the outdoor. The indoor crazy, we save that for Christmas – which in our household that insanity gets going as soon as the Halloween Pumpkins are in the compost bins. Just wait until you see our indoor holiday lights. Cuckoo. But I loved these paper pumpkins however I wanted them to hang outside. Sort of like garland or individually off of my tree.
And well paper + rain = destroyed craft.
But foam sheets + rain = waterproof Halloween decoration.
So that’s exactly what I did.
What you’ll need:
– a roll of foam sheet or individual orange foam sheets (I get mine at the dollar store where a 74″ – just over 6 foot – roll runs me a $1.25)
– green foam sheets for your leaves
Now working with foam was a bit tricky because foam doesn’t hold its shape like card stock or construction paper does when it comes to this craft.
It’s sort of like trying to shape a wet noodle. So it took me a couple of tries to figure out a way to direct them to form a pumpkin shape vs the traditional paper pumpkin craft assembly.
First I cut out a group of random strips – about 12 or 14 strips per pumpkin depending on how full you want your pumpkin. These strips were around 10″ long.
Hole punch your ends on both side of the strips.
Oh and when buying foam sheets make sure you actually buy the foam sheets.
Versus say buying regular pretty sparkly card stock for your leaves that was right next to the foam sparkly sheets at the store.
I improvised with lots of leftover foam from the rainbow party garland.
Get your twine.
With the regular paper pumpkin craft you can get away with using a brad/paper fastener here or even just a single knot at the bottom and the top.
However, with these you need to make at least 3 knots in your twine so that your foam sheets can be positioned where you need them to be.
First knot. At the bottom.
Then insert the strips over the twine.
Second knot, inside the bottom part of the sheets.
Tie this one very tightly to the foam sheet base to secure the sheets together. This will help them to stay put when they’re being blown around outside in the wind.
Then leave approx 7″ of string and tie a 3rd knot at the top for the top part of the foam strips to sit on.
Thread the twine through the top parts of the strips.
Add foam leaves (if I ever re-do these I would thread them vertically like thread going through garland so the leaves wouldn’t lie flat on top of the pumpkin but face out).
But see what I mean below about foam not hold its shape like card stock.
When you sit it down, it flattens like a pancake.
But because you created knots inside it to hold it in place like little ledges when you hang it, it looks like this.
And then you can hang them outside all waterproof and ready to go.
And then they can have fun being blown around in the wind confusing the birds looking for their bird feeder.