DIY: Paper Pumpkins with Shari Carroll

Ready for some Fall table decorating? I’ve pulled together some common supplies to make Paper Pumpkins complete with flameless candles.

Nothing feels better to me than creating something substantial from paper. I’ve made two styles, the first being traditional Autumn and Thanksgiving colors using Neenah Desert Storm cardstock paired with Prima Falling Leaves Flowers.

As part of the template, I’ve created a flat place inside to hold a flameless candle. The small pumpkins shown are leftover pieces from cutting out the large pumpkin, it’s a two for one!!!

The Prima Falling Leaves flowers are one-piece, really easy to glue in place. All you need to do is fluff them up!! Oh, and there are two pieces in the package.

The next set is using the Tim Holtz Paper Stash Abandoned. Oh my, this paper is GORGEOUS!! The best part about it is that each “page” of the pumpkin is different.

There is a rustic and homespun feel to this set but with a splash of shine!

To create the stems, I went out back and cut up some branches that had fallen from my trees. I used the Simon Says Stamp Outline Clustered Leaves die with some Tim Holtz Metallic Kraft cardstock to finish this one.

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Are you interested in making your own? HERE is the downloadable template for you to use. I can’t wait to see what you make!!

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  1. Wow Shari!!! These centerpieces are GORGEOUS!!! I love fall, and am always happy to find new crafting inspiration to create as gifts or for my own decorating. Thanks for the tutorial and the templates! Have a blessed holiday season.

  2. thanks for the template.
    Love the openness of the pumpkin
    so the light can go inside.
    Beautiful idea. thanks for
    sharing.
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  3. Wow, these are so pretty and doable! I’m now inspired to actually use my Tim Holtz “abandoned” paper and not just stare at it in my stash! 😀 You are so creative!

  4. I loved this video, Shari! I could see this being a great project to do with kids, too, with a bit of help on the sewing. Thank for this great tutorial!

  5. Love your mixed-media projects!! Great inspiration. I liked this idea so much I took the templates (thank you!) and turned them into files for my Brother SNC so it could do the cutting FOR me! Off to make lotsa pumpkins! hugs

  6. GORGEOUS WORK, Shari!!! I LOVE them BOTH! ALTHOUGH, like you I LOVE the RICH COLORS & the Neutrals on the Tim Holtz Papers of the one pumpkin you created! JUST GORGEOUS & SO CREATIVE!!!!!!! ;)<3

  7. oMG Shari, You are a master technician at creating amazing 3D products – love the trick with the hot glue gun to add a little strength to the pumpkins; – thanks for sharing :)

  8. That’s a super cute project! I really like that you don’t need to buy any special dies to make the pumpkin and you provide a template, those are my favorite projects!

  9. Love these pumpkins. Just wondering if there is a way to make them so they would fold flat to store them from year to year. Leaving them mounted would require tons of storage, and it would be awful to dispose of them after one year. Maybe a brad?

  10. This is such a fun autumn project! I really enjoyed your how-to video, and thank you so much for the templates–I’m really looking forward to making these :)

  11. I love everything about these. They would be great centerpieces (or hostess gifts instead of flowers). Thanks for the template.

  12. These are gorgeous decorations for the holidays! I love the turquoise combined with the warm colors- so pretty! Thank you for the template!

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