Tuesday, October 11, 2011

WARNING! Crafty kid ahead!

Witches...goblins...ghosts...all trying to get their hands on my scrappy paper supplies!  So, this week, I gave in!  My daughter and I created a simple, funky, paper pumpkin. 

First take some double-sided Halloween paper (or if you want to be "high-maintenance", like my daughter, have your child insist that you glue 2 single-sided sheets together).  Curve the paper in half (don't fold or crease).  The side that you fold "out" will be the inside when you are done, so think carefully about which side you want to see more of.  Use clothespins to hold the paper in place while your child cuts from the curved fold toward the edges, stopping about 1 inch before the edge.  We used some fun paper edgers, but regular scissors will do too.


Cut strips one inch wide all the way to the end and remove your holding clips.


This is where a parent is needed, or someone capable of using a hot glue gun safely.  Lay a strip of hot glue on the edge of one side of  your "inside" paper.  Turning your paper "right side out", line up the edges and adhere. 

Using a strip of scrap paper 1" x 2", hot glue this scrap to the inside edge of your rings.

Add a dab of hot glue to the end of the scrap paper and bring your rings around to connect and make a circle.  This could be a cool wreath too!


Now, according to "Fancy Nancy", everything is better when it is "accesorized".  This paper pumpkin is still not looking too "pumpkiny".   So, we cut strips of paper and used our Fiskars Leaves Border Punch to make vines.  We wrapped the border strips around pencils to give them that "real" vine look.


We added a crunched-up, used, paper lunch bag as our stem in the center to finish off our accessorizing. 

Wouldn't you love to find this funky pumpkin in your garden?  According to my daughter, it looks "MAHVELOUS"!

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Recollections, Tools: Paper Edgers: ProvoCraft, Border Punch: Fiskars, Other: cardstock, hot glue sticks and hot glue gun, brown paper lunch bag (used, recycle!)

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