Lovey declared recently that we don’t have enough fall decoration, so I told her we could create some new ones together. This accordion pumpkin craft was so cute that it ended up multiplying into a whole pumpkin patch.
I am pretty sure this idea has been floating around in my head since seeing the adorable fish craft Buggy and Buddy created a while back. To make our pumpkins we started with 12 x 12 inch pieces of scrapbook paper. I grabbed a few different variations of orange for the pumpkins and one decorative green piece for the leaves. We also needed chenille stems, ribbon, and raffia.
I cut orange pieces of scrapbook paper into four equal squares. We only ended up needing three squares for each pumpkin. The extras can be combined to make another pumpkin or used for another craft project later.
Lovey hasn’t done much accordion folding, so we worked together on these. Sorry, that means we don’t have a lot of process photos, but I hope you get the idea! If your child is new to accordion folding, I suggest modeling the process and also giving verbal cues while folding.
Once I showed Lovey, we both got a piece of paper and I said, “flip, fold, flip, fold…” This helped keep her from rolling the paper as she folded.
Once our three squares were folded we pinched them together and folded them in half at the center.
At this point you can decide whether you want to glue, tape, or staple your pumpkins together. If you opt for glue, be sure to use a quick drying formula or clothespin the section together until the glue sets. Lovey doesn’t miss a chance to use the stapler, so I held the pieces together for her while she stapled the sections. Yes, some of our staples show, but you’ll forgive us, right? 😉
Then we cut a small bit of raffia (ribbon would also work well) and a leaf from the green paper. After placing a hole in the leaf we laced the raffia through it. Then we looped the raffia and taped it to the pumpkin. The final step was twisting the green chenille stem around to look like tendrils.
After making a couple more with each of the girls we added the whole pumpkin patch to a long stretch of ribbon. Ta-da! Lovey has a new fall decoration to marvel at…and she loves it!
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A Full Week of Pumpkin Lesson Plans
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