Aren’t these tissue paper pumpkins just the cutest?!?! Every fall, I make these easy tissue pumpkins to decorate my home. Last year, I made smaller versions, filled with jelly beans, as table favours for our Thanksgiving dinner. We’ve even made larger pumpkins for our Fall display windows at the Store. These tissue pumpkins make a great inexpensive craft project for schools and groups too.
Make Tissue Paper Pumpkins in 8 Easy Steps!
Follow our steps below to make the small favour sized pumpkins. To make the larger ones for decorating, simply increase the size of the tissue paper circles. Let’s get started!
To start making your tissue paper pumpkins, you will need sheets of orange, yellow or even green tissue paper, colored basket shred to match the tissue paper, florist’s tape, a pencil, scissors and a round cake pan. Don’t forget the treats that will be going inside the pumpkin…jelly beans, candy corn, M&M’s and jelly pumpkins all make yummy fillers!
Next, layer 5 sheets of tissue paper. Place the round cake pan upside down in the center of the tissue paper and using your pencil, trace a circle around the cake pan.
Then, carefully cut through all the sheets of tissue paper along the pencil line.
Use 2 sheets of tissue paper for each pumpkin; 1 sheet is too thin but 3 or more sheets becomes too thick to work with. Place a small amount of basket shred (or shredded paper) in the center of the tissue circle. The basket shred is there to help fill out your pumpkin’s shape. Arrange your treats on top of the basket filler.
Then, gently gather the tissue paper up around the candy starting at one end. Make small pleats in the tissue paper as you go around the tissue paper circle.
Now, once you have gathered up all the pleated tissue paper, twist the “stem” top to make a point. This will make it easier to do the next step.
Starting at the base of the “stem”, twirl the green floral tape, winding it up the top of the stem. Ensure that the tape is wound tightly along the stem so it doesn’t come apart when you handle the pumpkin. Add a silk or real leaf to your pumpkin if you’d like.
Finally, curl the end of the vine around a pen to make a spiral twist, just like a real pumpkin vine.
And that is how you make tissue paper pumpkins! Pretty soon you’ll be making a whole pumpkin patch!, have fun!
Now that you’ve seen how easy it is to create with tissue paper, take a look at our tissue paper flower project HERE