Decorative Paper Pumpkins

Need a quick and simple idea for a fall craft? Let your kids unleash their creativity with these paper pumpkin crafts!

I recently found myself at home with two children during a two-week fall break, with not many plans. Well, we did have a few plans, but they were scattered throughout the break. I strongly believe in giving the kids a real break, so I didn’t want to schedule every minute of their time off.

But that meant we had a lot of free time. A lot. And to prevent them from spending all that time glued to screens, I had to come up with something. Of course, there were still plenty of screens involved, but we also decided to do lots of crafts during their break. Surprisingly, everyone loved it! My boys are usually hit-or-miss when it comes to crafts, so initially I didn’t have any detailed plans in mind.

Our first craft of the week is what I’d like to call one of the simplest paper pumpkin crafts ever. And trust me, it really is!

Easy Paper Pumpkin Crafts for Kids

You can download our free printable pumpkin here and get started right away. But if you want more paper pumpkin crafts, keep reading!

Easy paper pumpkin craft to make with kids

Supplies for Paper Pumpkin Craft

  • White Paper
  • Orange Paper
  • Green Paper
  • Black Paper
  • Black Marker
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors

You can use cardstock or construction paper, or if you’re anything like me, the back of a school flyer works just fine.

I drew a pumpkin on the white paper and let the boys go wild cutting it out. I’ve come to realize that cutting is a great way to prolong the craft experience. Most kindergarteners and older kids can handle cutting their own shapes or paper strips, so let them! Meanwhile, you can enjoy your coffee and maybe do a little reading. No judgment here. Cheers!

Cutting the pumpkin

If you don’t want to draw your own pumpkin, no worries! You can use this printable instead. That way, you’ll have more time to savor your coffee.

We had some orange-papered school announcements lying around, so once the pumpkins were cut, I told the kids to tear up that paper. They were confused at first, but it turned out to be a lot of fun!

Tearing orange paper

Afterwards, it was time to glue the pieces onto the pumpkins and attach the green stem using glue. Who doesn’t love a good glue stick? Even I wanted to join in—it’s the simple things in life!

Gluing the pumpkin craft

When the paper pumpkin crafts were completed, Oscar had a brilliant idea to turn them into jack-o’-lanterns. I thought it was a fantastic suggestion! We even taped them onto our doors. How cool is that?

Jack-o'-lantern paper crafts

With breakfast out of the way, coffee in hand, and the boys having already finished a pumpkin craft, it was only 8:56 am. Only two more weeks of this fall break to go! Winning.

Other Fall Craft Ideas

Looking for more fall craft ideas? Here are a few more:

Fall Pumpkin Centerpiece

Create a fun and festive fall pumpkin using toilet paper rolls, paint, and string! This craft is not only a great way to keep the kids busy but also a creative way to upcycle some craft supplies. For more details, check out

Toilet Paper Roll Pumpkin

Tufted Tissue Paper Pumpkin

This craft requires a few specific supplies, but older kids and tweens will love seeing the finished product come together. Plus, it makes a fantastic decoration!

Crepe Paper Halloween Pumpkin

Pumpkin Kids Table Craft

If you only have some paper and a glue stick on hand, here’s another take on the paper pumpkin craft that primarily utilizes paper. It’s a great fall craft for little hands! You can find full instructions on

Paper Pumpkin Craft

3D Paper Pumpkin Files

Want to skip the cutting and use your Cricut machine? Look no further! Visit to grab these SVG files and create 3D pumpkins in no time.

3D Paper Pumpkins

Looking for even more fall crafts? Check out this list.

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Post updated from 2016.