Paper Roll Pumpkins are a simple fall decor craft that can be created by repurposing items you already have at home!
Have you seen those mason jar lid (ring) pumpkins floating around on Pinterest? They seemed to be a big hit last fall.
And while I thought about making one, I didn’t have enough mason jar rings & I couldn’t bring myself to buy them just for this project.
Plus, if I had bought them it would have defeated the purpose of repurposing & using what you already have to create new fall decor.
So I never got around to making one.
But I still wanted one!
Then I stumbled upon a picture on Pinterest of a pumpkin that was made of recycled ribbon spools. Before I read the title my first thought was that it was made from a paper towel roll, but when I read it was made from empty ribbon spools I got really excited.
Maybe I would be the first one to make a pumpkin out of an empty paper towel roll!
After doing a quick search online I found a few, but nothing incredibly similar to what I had planned. I immediately started saving empty paper rolls for my project.
Now to be honest this is my first ever paper roll project. I have always been a bit leery of toilet paper roll projects because I was afraid they might look a little too, you know, toilety.
So when making these Paper Roll Pumpkins I wanted to try to avoid the toilet paper roll look as much as possible, which is why I created two different looks for my upcycled pumpkins.
Although I only created a Glitter Paper Roll Pumpkin & a Book Page Paper Roll Pumpkin for my post the possibilities for decorating these paper roll pumpkins are absolutely endless.
If you are doing this with your kids or students you could decorate with markers, craft paper, paint, or stickers.
And you want to spend more time decorating your pumpkins you could do different colors of glitter, gold leaf flakes, or buttons.
Or if you want to decorate them really quickly you could use washi tape, lace, or thin ribbon.
So since there is a never ending list of ways to decorate your DIY Paper Roll Pumpkins your pumpkin will be completely unique & one-of-a-kind! And if you make one I’d love to see a picture!
Empty Paper Toll Roll
Decorating Material (Glitter, Paint, Book Pages, ect.)
Stick or Cinnamon Sticks
First, decorate your paper roll & then once dry cut them into rings.
To decorate your pumpkin you could paint it orange, glue book pages to the roll or paint, or any other creative idea you have!
If you decide to use glitter & want to make sure that all of the edges are covered you can first cut your paper roll into rings & then decorate it. For my Glitter Paper Roll Pumpkin I did a layer of mod lodge, then glitter, let dry, & then another layer of mod podge to seal the glitter & keep it from falling off.
Make sure everything is dry before moving on to the next step.
To form your pumpkin run a strand of twine through the center of the rings, pull tight, & tie a knot.
I love the idea of using cinnamon sticks in the center, but that would require going to the store buying some so I stuck to broken sticks. I then used extra burlap to create the leaves & I stiffened them with Mod Podge. You could also easily create the leaves out of scrap paper or even an extra paper towel roll!
These DIY Paper Roll Pumpkins are so easy to create & by using what you already have in your home you can make them for free!
My Glitter Paper Roll Pumpkin is sitting on my little makeshift desk. But you could use them as decor on a table, a fireplace mantel, or anywhere else you like to display your festive fall decor!
I love my little pumpkins so much I think I might make another one with lace ribbon & when I do I will be sure to share a picture on Instagram!
I’d love to hear what you think of this project!
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With love, G
Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7