Book Page Paper Pumpkin {How to Decorate for Fall on a Budget}

Hello friends!  I’m back again with another inexpensive craft to help you decorate for fall on a budget!How to make paper pumpkins out of toilet paper rolls and old book pages for FREE! Continuation of the series "how to decorate for fall on a budget"

I just love pumpkins!  They are so cute and it’s amazing how many ways you can craft a pumpkin, as you can see in my round up of some awesome DIY pumpkins from around blogland.

I’ve also shared a few pumpkin crafts of my own with you: easy fabric pumpkins I made from drop cloth and ticking fabric and pumpkin-shaped tea light place-markers  you can make for a $1 for your fall table.  And for more ideas on decorating for fall on a budget, check out this post.

You can easily make today’s pumpkins from things you already have around the house.  All you really need is an empty toilet paper roll, dictionary pages (or other large book), and some sort of glue (I used hot glue).  Our dictionary is from the 60s I believe and was purchased for a few dollars at the thrift store.

It’ definitely quicker if you have some sort of paper cutter, but it can be done with scissors as well.  I used an old school guillotine cutter like this one.

How to make paper pumpkins out of toilet paper rolls and old book pages for FREE!  Continuation of the series "how to decorate for fall on a budget"

If you don’t want to use dictionary or book pages, you could also try making these out of scrapbook paper – or even magazines might look cool!

These pumpkins are super easy & quick to make so here’s a quick rundown of how to do it:

  1. Cut your paper into strips 1 inch wide: for the larger pumpkin, I used the full TP tube and cut strips 10″ and 8″ long.  For the shorter one, cut 1/2 inch off of the tube and cut strips 9″ and 7″ long.
  2. Fold up the ends of the paper about 1/4 inch and glue onto TP tube.
  3. Glue 5 of the shorter strips around the bottom of tube.
  4. Create a 2nd row by gluing 5 of the shorter strips just above the previous row, but in between to fill in the spaces.
  5. Then fold the top row you just made up and glue to the top of tube all the way around.
  6. Now fold up the bottom (first) row you made, gluing them to the tube just under the other row.
  7. This is how it will look with both of the foundations rows glued on.  Notice there are a lot of spaces still.
  8. Now you will use the longer strips, gluing them to the inside top edge of the tube, folding over, and gluing to the inside of the bottom.  You can play around with how many you want to do and how tight or loose to make them
  9. Keep going around the tube and adding layers until the pumpkin is as full as you’d like it.

Make paper pumpkins out of toilet paper rolls and old book pages for FREE!  Continuation of the series "how to decorate for fall on a budget"

For the stems, I simply folded, scrunched, and twisted a piece of the paper and then glued it to the inside of the tube.  My pages were kind of old and crumbly so they tore a bit, so newer paper or scrapbook paper would work better for that part.

How to make paper pumpkins out of toilet paper rolls and old book pages for FREE!  Continuation of the series "how to decorate for fall on a budget"How to make paper pumpkins out of toilet paper rolls and old book pages for FREE! Continuation of the series "how to decorate for fall on a budget"

I love how they turned out!  I like that they are neutral and can blend with any color scheme you use.  Also they lend a little vintage touch, if you used old book pages, but also feel a bit whimsical at the same time.

Thanks for following along with this series “How to decorate for fall on a budget.”  I hope it has been helpful.  If you make this craft, I would love to see the finished product – I’d love to share it on my Facebook page!

 

From my {domestic} ♥ to yours,

Shelly

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Comments

  1. says

    You have a really amazing blog, love it! And I love this paper pumokin, so creative! And easy to make with your step by step tutorial! :-)
    Cathy

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