Fall festivals, parties and holidays call for easy table decorations. This pumpkin is created from recycled materials, and is easy enough for a child in second or third grade to create. To make it you will need
- Orange file folder or stiff paper
- Stiff green paper
- Green chenille stem pipe cleaner or yarn
- Paper hole punch
- TP tube
- Paper cutter or ruler and scissors
Trim the tabs from the file folder. Cut it in half along the fold to make two pieces of paper that are about 9 x 11 inches. Cut the sheets into 1 x 9 strips. Each pumpkin will need 15 to 20 strips.
Punch a hole in each end of each strip. Use the first strip you punch as a template to make sure all the holes will line up with each other.
Cut two irregular Star of David shapes from stiff green paper. Punch two holes to make it like a button.
Bend the chenille strip in half. Put one end through each hole in one of the star shapes. Yarn or twine can also be used, but it will be easier to thread the ends through the holes if they are wrapped with tape to make them stiff and smooth. Hold the ends together, and push both ends through one hole on each strip, with the orange side facing down.
The pictured pumpkin was made from a whole TP tube, and ended up being round. To make a more squat pumpkin, trim an inch off one end of the TP tube. Put both ends of the chenille stem through the tube. Begin pulling up one strip at a time, and put both ends of the chenille stem through the hole on the other end of each strip. Start with the strip that is on top, and work in order to the bottom. Overlap each strip a little, going around the tube.
Separate the ends of the chenille stem, and put one end in each hole of the second star shape. Twist the two ends together to make a stem for the pumpkin. If using yarn or twine, tie the ends in a square knot.