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How to Create 2 Quick and Easy Pumpkin Crafts for Thanksgiving: Perfect Activities for Kids

Updated on November 22, 2019
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I love the holidays! Halloween is one of the most fun holidays since you get to dress up and decorate spooky stuff! Have a Happy Halloween!


Did you know?

68.5% of people still celebrate Halloween and 49.5% will decorate their homes for the spooky holiday. With holiday decorations rising in cost, doing crafts to create your own décor makes a lot of sense.

The average amount of money spent on Halloween is $93.42, and the average amount spent on Halloween decorations is $24.79. So, consider saving money by making your own décor this wicked October holiday.


Doing Halloween crafts can be a fun and festive experience. Many people want to find inexpensive things to do with their children as they become so excited to celebrate this fun October holiday!

These two paper pumpkin crafts are super easy and fast so you still have time to complete them before Halloween comes. While most people do homemade crafts with children, did you know adults aged 18 to 24 still celebrate Halloween?

So, whether you are looking for something fun to create with kids or just looking for something artistic to make yourself, these two pumpkins are perfect for this fall occasion.

Washi Pumpkin Project for Kids

The washi pumpkin project is perfect for the family because not only will your kids have fun making one-of-a-kind pumpkins made of paper plates using their own imagination, but you will also enjoy dipping into your craft supply to use up some of your washi tape on this project.


An Introduction to Washi Tape

Over the past decade, washi tape has become a favorite accessory for crafters everywhere. It is more affordable than some of the more high-end craft or decorating supplies, and it is really fun to use.

Washi tape is essentially “tape” that is decorated on the outside. All that is required is for you to stick it where you wish to decorate. At times, you may need to use scissors to cut off the end of the row you just finished, and tape may need to be applied if the washi tape does not stick well.

Supplies Needed for the Washi Pumpkin Project

Paper plate
Green, orange, and black construction paper
5-6 differently designed washi tape
Double stick tape, glue, or a glue stick
A black sharpie marker

Instructions for the Washi Pumpkin Project


Step 1: With age appropriate scissors, cut out an orange (paper plate sized) circle out of construction paper.

Note: Have fun and experiment with colors! If you want a red pumpkin, make a red one! Use your creative side to make something truly unique!

Here's an example of a red pumpkin! :)
Here's an example of a red pumpkin! :) | Source

Step 2: Glue the orange circle (the pumpkin face) to a paper plate or use double stick tape to connect the pumpkin face to the paper plate. See what holds the best and use that method.


Step 3: Add the first layer of washi tape. Try to space it out and layer each pattern of washi tape a few inches apart so you can apply the next one close to it.

You can use scissors to snip off the end of the row of washi tape; just try to stay within the borders of the orange circle (the pumpkin’s face), and if possible, make it look even. To have a good variety on the first layer, consider using three different patterns of washi tape.


Step 4: Add the second layer of washi tape in the same manner as you did with the first washi tape. You could use two different patterns or three different washi tapes here – just whatever fits best.

However, again, try to space the washi tape apart so that you can easily spread apart the different textures. Also, stay within the borders of the orange circle. Just try to picture the patterns of the washi tape as the background since that is literally what they are.

Make it took like plaid texture and be creative with the patterns of washi tape that you choose. Play around with it and you may find that any patterns will be fun, cute and perfect for this project.


Step 5: Create the pumpkin’s face with black construction paper (or an alternate color if you wish). You can make all sorts of faces out of construction paper. Typically, the eyes and nose of the pumpkin are made of black triangles, and the smile or mouth is wide open and black, but use your imagination!


Note: Check out these different smiles as inspiration into your creative side to come up with your own one-of-a-kind face.


Step 6: Glue or double stick tape the face parts to the orange pumpkin face.

Step 7: Create a green stem with the construction paper. Just cut out a small rectangle and make the layers of the stem with a black sharpie marker.


Step 8: Use double stick tape or a glue stick to attach the green stem to the top of the pumpkin’s head.


Step 9: If you are helping a child make his or her washi tape pumpkin, allow the child to write his or her name on the back of the paper plate with a black sharpie marker.


The Little Soapbox Pumpkin Project for Kids

This is such a fun project because there are so many options for how you can create the pumpkin. Make him a different color, an unusual shape, and/or a funny face!


Supplies Needed for the Little Soapbox Pumpkin Project

An empty soap box
Green yarn
Orange Construction Paper
Double Stick Tape
A black sharpie marker

Instructions for the Little Soapbox Pumpkin Project

Step 1: Tape an empty soapbox together.

Step 2: Cut a pumpkin out of orange construction paper (or whichever color you desire).

Step 3: Draw a cute face on your pumpkin with a sharpie marker.

Step 4: Using double stick tape, tape the pumpkin onto the soapbox.

Step 5: Tape some green yarn on top of the pumpkin to represent green hair.

Step 6: Create several different soapbox pumpkins with different expressions or looks for more fun!

Which of these paper projects might you try this Halloween?

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I would love to hear about your Halloween crafts this year. Please share them below in the comments. Also, if you try one of these, share a picture or a link to your picture of your paper pumpkin. I’d love to see how creative you have gotten with these crafts.


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