October was a Ca-RAZY month for me. Work had me like, woah! I did manage to do a lot of fun Halloween stuff over on the Desperately Seeking Gina Facebook page. I made some cute paper pumpkin candy holders on a Friday Five Live episode but never got around to sharing them here. I loved them so much I thought I’d re-imagine them into DIY Pumpkin Place Cards. It seems I’m big on making place cards for Thom and myself.
These DIY pumpkin place cards may look complicated but they’re really easy to make.
DIY Pumpkin Place Cards
- Paper in pretty colors and patterns, varying sizes.
- Scrapbooking brads (one per the number of pumpkins you want to make)
- Kraft paper
- Felt leaves or felt leaf stickers (one per the number of pumpkins you want to make)
- Hot glue and glue gun
- Pumpkin Pattern
- Print template. Trace onto patterned paper and cut out.
- Alternately, print directly from PDF using your printer’s manufacturer’s instructions. You can resize using the printer setting options to make different sized pumpkins.
- Punch a hole in the circular part of each section.
- Add a brad to one section and continue adding each section to the brad. Split brad and pinch closed, securing each section to form a pumpkin.
- Flatten pumpkins by bending and creasing paper or leave as is for different sizes and shapes.
- Punch or cut a small rectangle of kraft paper and roll and twist to make a stem. Hot glue to top of pumpkin, hiding the brad. Add felt leaf (I punched a hole in mine and inserted the stem before hot-glueing).
- Cut or punch a small name tag. Add name and tie to stem using twine.
The fun thing about DIY pumpkin place cards made from paper is that there are SO many colors, patterns, and styles of paper to make these pumpkins. So many choices to match any kind of decor and color scheme.
These paper pumpkins also make excellent candy holders; just add little individual candies before securing the last section. They’d make cute take-aways for your guests.