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Simple Crafts: Mini Halloween Pumpkin from Toilet Paper Roll

Updated on October 3, 2011

Upcycle Trash! Turn TP Rolls into Mini Pumpkins!

Creating mini pumpkins to decorate your home, day care center, kindergarten or your classroom for this Halloween or fall season is a simple project and most of it can be done by even kids age 3 and up.

Now, really great thing about working on craft projects like this one is: you probably have all what you need right at your home!

I've uploaded a picture of finished mini pumpkins on the left. Like them? Wanna give them a try?

Just bellow you'll find complete instructions how to make these mini pumpkins from toilet paper rolls using just couple items from your household.

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What You'll Need to Make Mini Pumpkins from TP Rolls? - Mini Pumpkins Supply List

As I said already, all of the items you'll need to make these mini pumpkins you probably already have in your home.

Here is the list:

- couple toilet paper rolls (out of one role you can get max.6 strips that will make 2 pumpkins)

- orange color (gouache or acrylic colors)

- paint brush

- precision knife (or sharp kitchen knife)

- ribbon or raffia

- twig

Step 1: Cut toilet paper rolls in strips

First, take your toilet paper rolls and scissors. Flatten the roll and cut 5 - 6 strips trying to make them as equaly wide as possible. They should remain in circle (like shown on the picture)!

Don't try to get more than 6 strips from one toilet paper roll because you will not be able to make a hole in them without cutting through. If you make 6 strips from one toilet paper rolls, you can use them to make 2 little pumpkins.

Step 2: Color your toilet paper roll strips

Now that you have cut toilet paper rolls into strips, you need to color them. You can use either gouache or acrylic colors to paint them in orange.

This is the part of the project my 3 year old girl participated as well. We love to paint things!

Don't use watercolors! They will make paper rolls too soft and crumbling! Too much water!

Let them fully dry.

Step 3: Forming a mini pumpkin

Take 3 orange strips and place them one inside another. Flatten them in the middle like on the picture, take a precision knife (or kitchen knife, or even better one-hole pounch!), and cut throught all 6 layers.

Your hole should be wide enough for twig to go through all layers.


Step 4: Finishing touch

To finish your pumpkins, put the twig through the hole, shape a pumpkin a bit to make it more round and place a ribbon on the upper part. You can see on the picture on the left how the twig goes all the way through all the layers.

There are several variations you can do here. Use gold spray for twig (if you have it at home), or use glitter for orange strips or glue the bottom so it doesn't fall through (specially if you made hole that is too wide). But I'll leave all these options open and you can decide either you'll improve this craft further. :)

Thank you for your interest in this simple craft project.

Do you have an idea how to make this project even better? How to decorate it differently?

Or you would just like to say you did it and share with us how it turned out?

I would love to know! :)

Do You Like My Little Pumpkins from Toilet Paper Rolls? - Will you be making them with your kids this Halloween?

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    • KathyMcGraw2 profile image

      Kathy McGraw 

      6 years ago from California

      How did I miss this Toilet Paper Rolls Craft Project for Halloween? Too cute!

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      Donnette Davis 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Wow! I am so impressed with the simplicity of this craft. Guess I'll be collecting loo rolls for a week. Blessed x

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      6 years ago

      This is so simple to make and you explained it so well. Cute. Blessed.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      7 years ago from Northern California

      Too cute. Great way to recycle paper rolls. They would also make cute apples.

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      7 years ago

      These are very cute. I'll be trying that this Halloween.

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      8 years ago

      these are soo cute and soo easy to make..gotta get on it!

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      8 years ago

      I love your tutorial for crafting such a cute little pumpkin! Very green, very crafty, very cute!

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      8 years ago

      This is so creative! I love that it recycles those rolls! Lensrolling to my Best Halloween Craft Ideas; tweeted.

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      Heather Burns 

      8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      What a cute idea for halloween pumpkins and i love that it uses toilet paper rolls.

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      8 years ago

      Now this is an original craft activity! Excellent. I've never thought of making pumpkins out of toilet paper rolls. Clever idea, Michelle!

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      Linda Jo Martin 

      8 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Cute! I haven't got any kids to do this with... but will put it in my memory banks in case I ever have a chance to do this with a grandchild.


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