Follow along and learn how to make these gorgeous paper pumpkins for your fall decor. These pumpkins also have a special place on the underside for LED candles to add a warm glow to your home in the evenings.
Every now and then, I finish a craft and my heart skips a beat. I had an image in my minds eye of how I wanted these to look, but they turned out way prettier. I imagined a delicate pattern to let the light shine through, so when I designed them I added this pretty leaf motif.
They are so charming, both during the day and in the evening.
Here is a closeup to show you the detail and then lets get started making these beauties.
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3D Paper Pumpkin Luminary Video
If you would like the full process for making these pumpkins, watch the video below. This video includes how to upload the files and make changes in both Cricut Design Space and Silhouette Studio. It also shows how to bring DXF files into the basic edition of Silhouette Studio. The last section in the video includes the full assembly process. I think you will find the video very helpful.
SUPPLIES TO MAKE PAPER PUMPKINS
- Paper Cement or Glue Stick
- Tacky Glue
- Inexpensive Paint Brush (if using paper cement)
- Precision Scissors (optional)
- Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Maker
- LED Lights (White)
- LED Lights (Color Changing With Remote)
DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE SVG CUT FILES
I designed these paper pumpkins to be cut on an electronic cutting machine (i.e. Silhouette Cameo or Cricut). Before you begin this craft, you’ll need to cut out the various pieces to be assembled later. Here is a picture of the paper and vellum pieces once they are cut.
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CUTTING THE PAPER AND VELLUM
These pumpkins measure 7.5″ tall and 7″ wide and there are 12 sections to the sides. All of the paper is cut from 12″ x 12″ stock and the vellum is 8.5″ X 11″. I recommend 65 lb. card-stock to save on cut time. Please do not use lighter than 65 lb. card-stock to make these as they will not maintain their shape with lighter weight paper.
For the Silhouette Cameo, use the heavy card-stock settings in your cut settings menu. Always do a test cut before starting your job, so you don’t waste paper. Don’t forget to switch your cut settings to vellum, when you switch material.
Once you choose your card-stock color for the pumpkin, cut the Pumpkin Luminary leaf panels and the pumpkin parts, including your leaf and stem. Lastly, cut the vellum panels, which will be 8.5″ X 11″. You will need to cut two sheets of vellum to get the 12 panels.
If you don’t have a cutting machine, I’ve included printable PDF files in the library to use as patterns.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR CRICUT USERS
UPDATE: When downloading the files for Cricut Design Space, choose the SVG version of the files. Then upload them into Cricut Design Space. You will need to change the score lines and attach them to your panels. If you are unsure about this process, please watch the video above. It will walk you through Cricut Design Space step by step.
The files upload into your cutting machines software at the right size. If you choose to make them larger or smaller, make sure you select all of the pumpkin files together before resizing them. For Cricut Design Space the file height needs to be smaller than 11.5″ to cut on 12 X 12 cardstock.
There is also a video available in the library to walk you through the file download process. You don’t need to unzip any of the files. Just click on the link in the library. Then on the preview page click the down arrow on the upper right side and choose where you want to save your files. The SVG files do not need to be resized, but they do have a few other adjustments before they are ready to cut in Cricut Design Space.
If you are unsure of how to make the changes to the score lines and attach them, please watch the video at the top of this post. It will walk you through Cricut Design Space.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR SILHOUETTE USERS
If you have Silhouette Studio Designer or Business Edition you will want to download the SVG file and open it in Silhouette Studio. If you have the Basic Edition of Silhouette Studio, you will want to download the DXF version of the file from the library. Once the files are in you software, you will need to change the score lines before you cut them. If you are unsure how to do this process, please watch the video towards the top of this blog post. It walks you through the step by step process in the software.
CREATE THE SIDES OF YOUR PUMPKIN
There are two options for attaching the vellum to your leaf panels. The first is to just use a glue stick on the vellum and place the glue side of the vellum on the back of your leaf panel. This is the easiest method. The glue will dry clear.
The second option is using paper cement. The following are the instructions for attaching the vellum with paper cement.
Before we begin, it’s important to cover your table surface with a protective paper, preferably something that can be thrown away for easy clean-up. If you are sensitive to smells, work in a well ventilated area as there is a slight odor to the paper cement. You may also want to wear some protective gloves.
To make this project go quickly, pour some of your paper cement into a disposable cup and replace the lid on the can. Line up your pumpkin sides in a row, close together. Make sure they are all facing the same direction. Using a disposable or cheap brush, dip the bristles into the paper cement and coat the backside of the panels.
Repeat this process on the vellum panels.
Once dry, set the vellum next to the paper with the sticky sides facing up. Fold the top and bottom of the leaf panel along the score lines as pictured below.
When working with paper cement, you want the two glue sides to face each other for the strongest bond. Take your vellum panel and line it up along the bottom fold line of the leaf panel. Then slowly lower it on to the leaf panel working from bottom to top. Take care to line up the edges. Then slide your fingers along it to permanently press it into place. If your vellum is slightly off, don’t try to lift it. Just cut the extra vellum away with scissors.
This is what a completed panel looks like, both front and back side.
ASSEMBLE THE TOP PORTION OF THE PAPER PUMPKIN
When attaching the panels to the top portion of the paper pumpkin, you can use quick drying tacky glue. Alternatively, you can use a little more paper cement to the inside top of the rounded portion on the panel. See where the pencil is pointing in the image below for reference.
Cover the top panel (polygon with slit in it) with paper cement. Then press the sticky side of the rounded portion of the leaf panel on to the polygon. Use the sides on the polygon as your guide, one panel per side of the polygon. Place the fold on the edge of the polygon.
Repeat this process until all twelve panels are attached as seen in the image below.
Then lay the pumpkin so the panels are spread out, like in the image below. Set this part aside for later.
CREATE AND ATTACH YOUR STEM
Wrap your stem around the paint brush handle to curl it.
Slip the handle out of the stem and continue to shape the stem with your fingers until it is the way you want. I snipped off the pointed tip.
Fold the bottom portion of the stem over to make it flat.
Then put it through the slit in the second polygon.
Apply paper cement on both the stem and polygon and press them together. Then set this piece aside for later.
ATTACH THE MIDDLE SUPPORTS
Take the four thin rectangles and fold the ends of them along the score lines. Fold one end in and one end out like a Z. Add paper cement to the top (inside facing end).
Take the assembled part of the pumpkin and flip it over so the inside is facing up. Now add the paper cement all around the perimeter of the polygon. Then attach the end of the support to the polygon, like in the image below. Repeat this step for all four supports, spacing them out evenly. Press them tightly down and flip the pumpkin over,
Now with the outside of the pumpkin facing up, add some paper cement to the top panel. Also, add paper cement to the bottom of the stem panel. Then press the two panels together, as in the picture below.
FINISH THE PUMPKIN ASSEMBLE
Place the pumpkin so the inside is facing up. Then add the adhesive to the inside of the bottom flap. See image.
Then add adhesive to one side of a large Polygon
Now attach the panel to the polygon. Make sure the glue on the support and the glue on the polygon are facing each other for a strong bond.
Repeat this step, working in order around the polygon.
Then add adhesive to the inside flap of the four rectangular supports. Press them in place on the inside of the polygon. See the image above.
Now take the second large polygon panel and add adhesive to one side. Then, add a little more adhesive to the bottom of the pumpkin. Press the polygon in place on the bottom of the pumpkin for a clean finish.
Then flip the pumpkin upright and add adhesive to the leaf and spot you want to place your leaf. Press the leaf in place.
Now add your LED tea light to the underside of the pumpkin for a soft glow. I recommend using the remote control tea lights. Then you can easily turn them on and off with the click of a button. They cost a little more, but they’re simple to use.
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I hope you enjoy these paper pumpkins as much as I do. Have a wonderful fall season and happy crafting!