How to Make Pumpkins With Construction Paper

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The pumpkin is a North American gourd with a Greek name. This fruit was named by explorers, who described the pumpkin as a large melon. The Greek word for this is pepon, which eventually turned into the word we know today as pumpkin. Pumpkin seeds are typically planted in May or June and ripen into yellow gourds that are harvested throughout the fall. Because of this, carved pumpkins are synonymous with Halloween, and pumpkin pie is a popular dish served through Thanksgiving and Christmas. You can celebrate the fall holidays and add festive color to your holiday table by creating pumpkins out of construction paper.

Things You'll Need

  • Construction paper in fall colors (green, yellow, orange and brown)
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Paper towel tube
  • Glue
  • Select several sheets of construction paper and color them with crayons to give them a fall-like appearance.

  • Set aside several sheets of brown, orange and green construction paper for the pumpkin core, leaves and vines.

  • Cut the rest of the sheets of construction paper into long, thin strips.

  • Cut a paper towel tube into three equal pieces.

  • Cover a paper towel tube section with orange construction paper to form the core of the pumpkin.

  • Place a dot of glue on the end of a strip of paper and glue it to the inside of the core tube. Repeat until the inside of the tube is covered with strips of paper.

  • Curl the strips downward and around so that you can glue them into the bottom of the core. Each strip will curve outward to form a round pumpkin.

  • Glue the bottom of the strip into the core of the pumpkin.

  • Add more strips to fill in the pumpkin and allow to dry.

  • Cut green construction paper into a 3x5" rectangle. Curl the rectangle into a cylindrical shape and stuff it into the core of the pumpkin. The green construction paper will stick out above the pumpkin to form a stem.

  • Cut strips of brown and green to form vines. Curl these with scissors and glue to the pumpkin stem to resemble vines.

  • Cut green construction paper to form leaves and glue to the vine.

Tips & Warnings

  • Alternate colors of crayons for a multi-layered effect on your pumpkin.
  • Glue strips to the inside of the core five at a time. Allow the glue to dry before gluing five more strips into place.

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