Happy Fall Y’all!  If you’re like me, you’re in the market for easy DIY Fall decor ideas……….I give you DIY  Fall Decor – paper pumpkins.  Paper pumpkins are inexpensive (maybe even free) and make an elegant display for autumn tables, buffets, or general decor.   These take about about an hour to DIY.  To be perfectly honest, they turned out much better than I anticipated so I was pleasantly surprised.

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Materials:

You’ll need an old book, a pair of good scissors, and a razor knife.  I suggest using a book with matte not glossy pages (the paper that feels more like construction paper than magazine pages).  The pages are more conducive to this craft with matte paper.  I used a book with glossy paper and it turned out well but matte paper would still be easier.  If you have an old book on hand, this project costs nothing!!

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How-To:

Begin by removing the cover of the book completely.

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Cut a half pumpkin shape in the first couple of pages of the book.  I alternated between the scissors and the razor knife for cutting the sheets of paper.  Scissors work better to cut the paper overall, but you’ll need a razor knife when cutting near the binding of the pages.

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Continue cutting the pumpkin shape down through all of the pages in the book.  Leave a little notch at the top of the pumpkin for the stem.  It gets messy with all the little slivers of paper so keep a trash bin nearby to contain the mess.

Once the pumpkin shape is cut, open the book into the pumpkin shape with the two ends touching back to back.  It looks a little rough at this point – but it isn’t finished yet.  You’ll need to scrunch the pages to make it stand upright on it’s own and also to “fluff” the pumpkin into shape.  This is the most time consuming part of the project but very worth it.  I spent about 30 minutes scrunching each page.  By scrunching/fluffing the pages well enough, the pumpkin will stand on its own without needing to glue the binding edges together.  The pressure from all of the fluffed pages will press them against each other and create a sealed circle.

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The final product is great and makes a beautiful centerpiece component for any Fall table or as part of your home decor.

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Happy Fall Y’all!!

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