I admit it: I am old school when it comes to hosting dinners at my house. Even when it's only one guest, I make sure there are place cards. Usually I make a chocolate box with the guest's initial on it, but this year I thought maybe a little less food would be appreciated. Enter these adorable (if I do say so myself), easy-to-make (you are bound to agree) pumpkins!
These do take an odd little assortment of craft supplies, but most of it is easily applicable to other projects. You will need:
- orange cardstock
- a circle punch in the size you would like your pumpkins OR a Cricut machine that can cut circles to the desired size OR a circle cutter OR a willingness to trace and cut out circles
- glue (both the roller tape kind and glue dots)
- small bits of twig or floral picks/sticks or a way with paper
- white cardstock
- brown ink pad (optional)
Don't let the supply list overwhelm you. Unless this is your first craft project ever (I'm honored!), you probably have a good chunk of this around the house already. Enough disclaimers! Let's begin!
Start by punching or cutting out your circles. I found 15 worked great for me!
Next, fold them all in half.
Now, with a circle still folded in half, apply glue to one of the outside sides. Stack another folded circle on top as exactly as possible. Keep going until all the folded circles are glued and stacked on. Admittedly, I found it easiest to work in groups of 5 then glue the groups of 5 together. I came out with more exact stacks that way.
Look at it standing up already! And it's not even glued closed yet!
Since I live in the dessert, there aren't as many sticks around as one would hope. These floral picks come in handy! I just used my (not at all good pair of) scissors to keep scoring grooves into the stick until it was ready to break off. If you don't wish to purchase a pack of these and there are twigs around you, you could use those. Or you could fashion a stem out of paper!
A couple of glue dots to secure that to the center and then some more glue tape to glue those last two sides together!
Finally, just take a bit of white paper and cut a little rectangle that seems proportionate to your pumpkin. I trimmed a point at one end, then kissed the surface and edges with a brown ink pad before lettering and attaching with a glue dot.
AAAAAHHHHH! It's so tiny and perfect and I might hyperventilate because I love it so much! These are really easy to develop a rhythm on and, because they are so tiny, you can make a lot out of a small stock of supplies. Then they are easy to store away until you are ready to press them into service. Let me know if you make some of these!