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 mind’s 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.
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Six Paper Pumpkin Patterns Available
There is one pumpkin file available in the free library as well. You can read more about how to gain access to the library further down in this post or on the library page.
3D Paper Pumpkin Videos
The Assembly Video includes the 6 different pumpkin designs, the supplies needed to create them, and the assembly process. The Cricut Tech video shows you how to prepare the files to cut in Cricut Design Space. The Silhouette Tech video shows you how to prepare the files to cut in Silhouette Studio.
Paper Pumpkin Assembly Video
Silhouette Studio Tech Tutorial
Cricut Design Space Tech Tutorial
Supplies To Make Paper Pumpkins
- Glue Stick
- Precision Craft Gue
- 65 lb. Card-stock
- 100 GSM Vellum
- Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Maker (You’ll Need The Corresponding Cutting Mat)
- Weeding Tools
- Scraper Tool
- Paper Quilling Tool
- LED Lights (Color Changing With Remote)
Download The Free 3D Paper Pumpkin SVG Cut File
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.
To download the free 3D Paper Pumpkin SVG (Vine Design) cut file, subscribe at the top right sidebar or at the bottom of this post. In a few moments, you will receive a welcome email with the password. Go to the Library Page and enter the password (from the Welcome Email) in the empty box towards the bottom of the Library Page. You can also access the library on the top menu bar any time you’d like with your password.
Please keep in mind that the password is case-sensitive and does have spaces. Also, check to make sure your caps lock is turned off. If you have any problems, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll do my best to help.
Once in the Library, there is a video to walk you through the file download process.
Instructions For Cricut Users
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.
Resizing The Files:
The files upload into your cutting machine’s software to be cut on 8.5 X 11-inch paper. If you choose to make them larger, make sure you select all of the pumpkin files together before resizing them.
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.
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 your 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
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.
First, fold the ends of all of the panels and place them so the folded ends are facing up.
To attach the vellum to your leaf panels, use a glue stick on one side of the vellum.
Then place the glue side of the vellum on the back of your leaf panel. The glue will dry clear with a little shine to it.
Roll over the panel with a brayer to help the vellum evenly stick to the panel. Lift the panel up from your surface, so it doesn’t stick to the paper under it. Repeat this process for all twelve of the side panels.
Assemble The Top Of The Paper Pumpkin
When attaching the panels to the top portion of the paper pumpkin, you can use Precision Craft Glue.
Select the top polygon. It is the smaller one without a slit in it. Use the sides of the polygon as your guide, placing one panel per side of the polygon. Placing the fold on the edge of the polygon.
Work your way around the polygon attaching each of the twelve side panels to the top polygon.
Once all of your sides are attached, flip the pumpkin over, so you can see the underside with the vellum.
Add The Center Supports To Your Pumpkin
There are two fold lines on each end of the support pieces. Fold the ends of the four supports in a “Z” shape. Place them on the pumpkin with the center fold facing up.
Now attach the four supports to the underside of the top polygon using your precision craft glue. Make sure that they are spaced out evenly, in the shape of a plus sign. See the image below as a guide.
Assemble The Bottom Of The Paper Pumpkin
Now begin to attach the side panels to one of the larger (bottom) polygons.
Work your way around the polygon until all of the twelve panels are attached.
Now, using a weeding tool (hook), bring one of the inner supports up through the center of the bottom polygon. Press the pumpkin down a little and glue the end of the support to the polygon. Repeat this process for all four supports.
Once all four supports are glued into place, add some glue to the second large polygon. Then line it up and glue it to the bottom of the pumpkin for a finished look.
Create and Attach The Stem
Fold the stem on the score line. Then use a Quilling Tool to roll up your stem.
Shape the stem with your hands.
Then slip the end of the stem into the slot on the smaller polygon and glue it into place.
Fold and Attach The Leaf
Fold the leaf along the score lines. Then slip the leaf into the slot of the polygon and glue it into place.
Roll and Attach The Tendrils
To create the tendrils, roll the two long skinny rectangles with the quilling tool. Roll inward from each end towards the middle. Then use your hands to shape the tendrils like in the image below.
Then slip the end of the tendrils through the slot and glue them into place.
Now glue the polygon to the top of the pumpkin. That’s it, your pumpkin is complete!
Add An LED Light For A Soft Glow
Add a small LED light under the pumpkin to illuminate it in the evenings. 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!