Wednesday, September 9, 2020

How to Make a Paper Bag Pumpkin

 When I was little, my father taught me and my brother how to make paper bag pumpkins.  They were fun and easy to make.  We used them as a centerpiece for our dining room table, as decorations for autumn and Halloween, and as simple toys to play with.  Read on to learn the three steps to make your own paper bag pumpkin!

Directions to make a simple Halloween or autumn pumpkin decoration out of a brown lunch bag, shredded paper, glitter and paint.  Toddler friendly.

What You Need

To make a paper bag pumpkin, you only need a few items:
  • brown paper lunch bags
  • orange paint
  • paper scraps to use as a filler (We used paper from my shredder.)
  • any items you'd like to use as embellishments

Directions to make a simple Halloween or autumn pumpkin decoration out of a brown lunch bag, shredded paper, glitter and paint.  Toddler friendly.

Step One

Turn the paper bag inside out.  This will give the paper bag pumpkin a rounded and wrinkly shape.  Fill the paper bag with as much or as little filler as you'd like.  After that, twist the top of the paper bag tightly to make a thick stem.  

Directions to make a simple Halloween or autumn pumpkin decoration out of a brown lunch bag, shredded paper, glitter and paint.  Toddler friendly.

Step Two

Paint your paper bag pumpkin with bright colors.  If it's Halloween time, you can paint a spooky face on it!

Directions to make a simple Halloween or autumn pumpkin decoration out of a brown lunch bag, shredded paper, glitter and paint.  Toddler friendly.

Step Three

Embellish and decorate your paper bag pumpkin.  We added glitter and a pretty ribbon to ours.  It wasn't Halloween yet, so we just made an autumn-themed pumpkin.  It still looks pretty cute, eh?

Directions to make a simple Halloween or autumn pumpkin decoration out of a brown lunch bag, shredded paper, glitter and paint.  Toddler friendly.

Are there any fun and easy pumpkin crafts that you like to do with your students?  Tell us about them in the comments below.


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