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Easy Pumpkin Craft for All Ages

Updated on October 21, 2014

This pumpkin craft is a great idea for kids of all ages. I help with people at my Mom's nursing home and they loved this project. I am always looking for easy crafts and when I found a link to this craft on Squidoo, I thought it would be great for my Mom's group of ladies. What I didn't expect is how popular the project would become.

We had a variety of fat quarters of fabric for the ladies to choose from and the first step was for them to each pick out the fabric they wanted. Some were solids, some had fall leaves and another was the orange with black dots shown in this photo. The ladies were so excited that this was something they could do completely on their own and they loved the finished product. When they each had made one for their room we went on to make several more to decorate their gathering area.

My sister works with toddlers and when she saw the pumpkins at Mom's place she decided to make one too. What she really liked is that they were not breakable and she could sit them around her house in reach of the children. When the kids saw the pumpkin they loved carrying it around the house. One little boy wanted to bring it home so my sister decided the next day that they would all make their own. She put together the pumpkin parts and the kids had fun going into the yard to pick out the perfect stem for their pumpkin. When they finished each child had a pumpkin to take home.

I have made several of these pumpkins and brought them to people's houses as fall hostess gifts.

As you can see this is certainly a craft that can appeal to all ages.

Time required: 15 minutes

Difficulty: easy

Cost: under $3.00

Materials:

  • 1 Fat Quarter of Fall Fabric
  • 1 sheet of newspaper or tissue paper
  • 1 roll toilet paper
  • 24 inches ribbon
  • 1 4-5 inch stick

Instructions:

1. Lay the piece of fabric right side down on the table and center the newspaper or tissue paper on top of it.

2. Sit the roll of toilet paper in the center of the paper.

3. Carefully tuck the newspaper/tissue paper into the center of the toilet paper, making sure all edges are tucked.

4. Now you pull up the material and tuck it into the center of the toilet paper roll. Tuck the short sides first and then the longer corners. When all were tucked in, I took a pencil to tuck all ends down into the roll and to make room for the stem.

5. Put the stick into the center leaving about two inches sticking out of the top.

6. Tie a ribbon around the stick and you now have a festive fall decoration.

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Do you have an easy fall craft you'd like to share? I am always looking for new ideas for my Mom's group and I'd love to hear from you.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      very easy and creative - wonderful craft for a classroom too! It's affordable as well and something kids would enjoy doing

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      BuckHawkcenter 3 years ago

      How cool! What a fun project to do with my little grandgirls. And wouldn't they just love to have that craft pumpkin to decorate for Halloween!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      What an awesome easy and beautiful craft idea! I love it! Thank you so much for sharing the instructions.

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      What an incredibly easy and fun fall project. I can see how it would work well as a craft project for all ages, from toddlers to the elderly. Very clever.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Nice use of this format to teach a craft you love.

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      Mary Beth Granger 4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      @sousababy: Lol

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      sounds like a great craft

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      sousababy 4 years ago

      Oh, I like the idea of one of these to "conceal" toilet paper much better than those dolls with the long dresses (saw those lots as a kid). What a brilliant idea. So if company is over and someone in my family needed toilet paper, s/he could just shout out: "Can someone please bring me that spotted pumpkin?!"

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      Mary Beth Granger 4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      @Diana Wenzel: Yes it is the idea from your lens. It was the best project I have ever done with Mom's group. Just perfect for them. Thank you for the idea

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Turned out really nice!

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I hope this is the idea you said you might use from my handmade fall lens. It would make me feel wonderful to know it was enjoyed. Either way, I think what you are doing for the nursing home residents is beautiful.