We love decorating pumpkins, but buying pumpkins can be expensive. Plus, they eventually rot, and my kids get so sad when we have to throw them away.
This 3D pumpkin craft allows you to upcycle toilet paper rolls and make a pumpkin that will last for years! It’s super easy to make – my six years old made his own with minimal help from me.
And if you save enough cardboard rolls, you can make a whole pumpkin patch!
How to Make 3D Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkin
1. Measure the toilet paper roll height on orange construction paper and cut out a long enough piece to wrap around the toilet paper roll with some overlap.
2. Wrap your toilet paper roll in the orange construction paper, using the glue stick to secure the construction paper in place. If necessary, use tape to ensure the construction paper doesn’t unravel.
3. Cut 6-10 strips out of orange construction paper. The pieces should all have the same dimensions. How wide you want the strips depends on you – mine are about 1 inch wide and 12 inches long.
4. Glue the end of one of the strips on the inside of the toilet paper roll.
5. Glue the other end to the inside of the other end of the toilet paper roll.
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 with other orange strips. You can overlap the pieces a little to make a denser pumpkin with more strips.
7. Press down on the pumpkin lightly to flatten the strips on one side. This will be the bottom of your pumpkin.
8. Cut two short strips out of brown construction paper.
9. Loop one brown strip over the pumpkin and tape both ends to the inside of the toilet paper roll.
10. Loop the other brown strip over the other and tape both ends to the inside of the toilet paper roll. This is the stem.
11. Cut two thin strips out of the green construction paper.
12. Wrap the strips around a pencil. This will curl the green strips.
13. Glue the strips to the pumpkin. You can do so by sticking one end between the stem and the orange strips.
The toilet paper roll pumpkin turned out so adorable. It’s going to hang out by our melons on the kitchen island and make our fall season more festive!
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