Tutorial: Accordion Fold Paper Pumpkin

Craft Tutorial: How to make an accordion fold paper pumpkin decoration for HalloweenIt's been awhile since I shared a paper craft, so I got out my paper trimmer, my Tombow and some Glu6 craft paste to create a mini, 3-D pumpkins.

These little pumpkins could easily add a little Halloween spirit to a desk or shelf. The finished pumpkin is about the size of a baseball.

Evenly scoring the paper, before cutting it, makes it easier to create the accordion fold rosettes that stack up to form the pumpkin.



Start by scoring the card stock at 1/2 inch intervals.
          2 - 1 x 11 1/2 inch strips
          4 - 1 1/4 x 6 1/2 inch strips
          2 - 1 1/2 x 7 inch strips
          1 - 2 x 12 inch strip

(The long edge of each rectangle should be perpendicular to the score lines.)
Accordion fold all the strips except the 2 x 12 inch one.
Next, you'll create the five layers of the pumpkin.

Apply a swipe of Tombow Xtreme Adhesive to one end of a 1-inch strip.
Press the two ends of the strip together, as shown, to create a ring.
Repeat with the other 1-inch strip.
Next you are going to attach two of the 1 1/4 inch strips together to form a ring.

Apply the Tombow Xtreme Adhesive to one end of the strip.
Attach it to another strip.
Apply Tombow Xtreme Adhesive to the other end of the strip.
Form a ring by attaching the other strip.
Repeat with the remaining 1 1/4 inch strips and the 1 1/2 inch strips. You should now have five zig-zagy rings.
Next, you'll create a rosette with each ring.

Press the top of the ring together.
Then press out the bottom of the ring.

My card stock was pretty stiff and kept popping back into a ring.
How to make an accordion fold paper rosette. To help the rosette retain its shape, lightly mist it with water then dry it with a hairdryer. It's unconventional, but easy.
How to make an accordion fold paper rosette Once dried, the rosettes hold their shape nicely.
Remember that 2-inch strip of paper?

Use a pencil to draw 6 circles with 1 1/2 inch diameter and cut them out.

Punch a hole at the center of five of the circles.
Apply craft paste to one side of the un-punched circle. This is the bottom of the pumpkin.
Slide a small rosette to the end of your dowel or skewer and center the circle on the bottom.
Then you can set it on your work surface while you add the remaining pieces.
Apply glue to both sides of a circle.
Slide it down the dowel.
Add one of the medium size rosettes.
Continue layering a glue covered circle, the large rosette, a glue covered circle, a medium rosette, a glue covered circle, the small rosette and finally a circle with glue on one side only.

Press everything together and let the glue dry.

Snip off the dowel about 1/2 inch above the top of the pumpkin to form the stem.
If you want, you can also make a leaf or two with a scrap of green paper to top off your pumpkin or even add a strand of green curling ribbon to make a vine. Happy Harvest

Craft Tutorial: How to make an accordion fold paper pumpkin decoration for Halloween



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Tutorial: Accordion Fold Paper Pumpkin
Stack accordion fold, paper rosettes to create a 3-D pumpkin decoration for Halloween
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