Make It: Fall Paper Pumpkin Patch

An autumn craft you can make in just minutes out of materials you may already have at home.


Photo: Odeelo Dayondon


The pumpkin patches are closed on O‘ahu. But here’s a way to create a patch of your own to celebrate the Fall and Thanksgiving. You might already have all the materials at home!



  • Heavy paper in various colors of orange
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Scissors with scalloped edges
  • Hole punch
  • Tape



  1. Cut one-inch strips along the width of the paper. For larger pumpkins you will need to cut two sheets into strips lengthwise.
  2. Put the paper in a single pile, then punch a hole about half-an-inch from the bottom and another one half-an-inch from the top.
  3. Thread a pipe cleaner through the holds at the bottom of the strips and make a small crimp or loop that lies flat as this is the bottom of the pumpkin.
  4. Thread the other side of the pipe cleaner through the holes at the top.
  5. Push the strips down into a “C” shape and make another crimp in the pipe cleaner to secure the paper.
  6. Fan the strips out into a sphere. Make loops or twirls in the pipe cleaner sticking out of the top to resemble a vine.
  7. You may need to tape the bottom of the pumpkin to keep the strips in place.


Thanks to for the idea.