DIY a Decorative Pumpkin

Make your own decorative pumpkin for the season.

final pumpkin

It’s the season, whether it is Halloween or Fall, this DIY Decorative Pumpkin works. I started with a plan to add flowers and a bow at the top, but after finishing the pumpkin, it was grand enough on its own. Nothing more is needed.


I found the pumpkin and napkins at Hobby Lobby. To apply the napkin, I made a mixture of white glue and water that got applied with a foam brush. Before applying the napkin, separate the layers and tear it into pieces.

Video Tutorial:

Pumpkin Mandala Card

Follow along and make this pumpkin mandala for fall, Halloween, or Thanksgiving. It is so versatile it works for card making or home decor. #sponsored #cutcardstock

with printable and free SVG

Today I am using an SVG file to create a Pumpkin Mandala Card. This design works well for Halloween, Fall, or Thanksgiving. I’ve used the mandala for a card but you could make it larger for a beautiful decor piece. Or just framing the card would be nice too.

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Orange, brown, and gold card stocks are being featured this month on CutCardStock. I am using Cosmic Orange and Stardream Metallic Card Stock in Bronze. I really like the iridescent quality of the Stardream card stocks.

I cut the CutCardStock on a Cricut Maker. The Cosmic Orange was cut at 100# and the Metallic Bronze was cut twice at 100#. While the mat is still in the Maker, just hit the go button again.



  • CutCardStock papers (linked above)
  • Distress Oxide ink pads
  • blending brushes
  • adhesive
  • rhinestones
  • Embelli Gelli
  • free SVG file
  • printable paper file

Video Tutorial:

pumpkin circle
pumpkin mandala SVG

The SVG file for the pumpkin mandala can be found at: [mandala]

The printable paper design for the barn wood is a part of a Halloween pack and can be found at: [barn wood]

A close-up of the finished card shows off some of the detail in the printed barn wood image and the ink blending on the mandala.

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Paper Pumpkin :: Tutorial

This fall make a three-dimensional pumpkin from paper for fun and decor.

Create one or a few of this easy paper pumpkin this fall. You can cut out the necessary pieces on your personal paper cutter or by hand. They aren’t that detailed. 


Materials needed:

  • Orange cardstock
  • Green cardstock
  • Mini Glue Dots
  • Bone folder
  • Marker with cap
  • Personal cutting machine and free SVG file or template and scissors

This is the cutting template. You can print out the image, draw your own, or download this free SVG file. [SVG file]

opposite strips
Begin by lifting and gluing opposite strips together.

lifting strips
I chose to work in a random order of pairs, you can do this or work your way around the pumpkin in order.

This step is optional, I decided to add a bit of dimension to the leaf by drawing in veins with a bone folder and then bending the leaf to be more realistic.

attach leaf
Attach the leaf to the top of the pumpkin using a Glue Dot.

pen technique
Here is a trick for rolling the paper vine. I used a marker and put the end of the paper strip under the cap, then rolled the paper around the pen.

rolling paper
Once you are happy with the vine, remove it from the pen. I chose to roll it tighter once removed and just did it by hand.

I folded the vine and attached it under the leaf with a final Glue Dot. 

Pumpkin Shake-up DIY

Make these fun pumpkin shake-ups from recycled bottles.

I have created these cute Pumpkin Shake-ups. They are really easy to make and really fun to play with. A great craft to make with the kids, my daughter couldn’t wait to make her own. 

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Wash out the Aqua Ball then add 2-3 tbs water, 3-5 drops of dish soap, 2-3 drops of yellow food color, 1 drop red food color, 1/4 tsp of silver glitter. Replace the top of the bottle and give it a good shake. If there isn’t enough soap foam to fill the bottle, add a bit more dish soap. 

Decorate the front of the bottle with black vinyl faces. You can use this svg file to cut on a personal cutting machine or just use scissors. [pumpkin faces]

I opted to spray paint the tops of the bottles. Mine started out as pink. You can paint them, spray paint them, cover them in decorative tape or just leave them be. If little hands are going to play with the Pumpkin Shake-ups, you may find that you need to super glue the lids in place.

Enjoy them as a fun toy or fall decor.