Saturday, October 11, 2014

Corrugated Cardboard Pumpkin Cut-Out

Raise your hand if you remember cut-out cards as a child.  I'm going way back and thought making a cut-out pumpkin with a little pumpkin in the opening a cute idea as a centerpiece.

This is a great recycle project using corrugated cardboard, a small ornamental pumpkin,  mod podge, paint, glitter, scissors and hot glue  .  .  .  all you probably have in your stash.

  •  I used an oval crock pot top as a guide to draw two pumpkin shapes on cardboard boxes I got from Costco's box bins and then I cut the shapes out with an xacto knife.

  • Next, folded the pumpkin shape in half, lining up the edges.  I measured the small pumpkin and guessed at drawing a 1/2 oval shape opening at the center edge that the little pumpkin would fit in and cut out.  Tried the small pumpkin for fit in opening which turned out almost perfect.
  • I used the first cut out on the second cardboard pumpkin to draw an exact measurement and opening to cut out.

  • Painted cardboard pumpkins metallic copper orange and let dry.  After drying I decided that the color was too plain so I painted each side with mod podge and sprinkled orange glitter over the wet glue. After drying, I sealed the glitter with another coat of mod podge and let dry.

  • Folded the oval pumpkins in half and hot glued the folded centers together, lining up edges and open circles and let dry.

  •  Inserted small pumpkin into the cutout for fit and stability and then removed.  Drew a straight line on bottom about a 1/4 inch from edge and cut off to allow the dimensional pumpkin to stand. Re-inserted pumpkin.

  • Cut out two leaf shapes from corrugated cardboard painted green and sprinkled with glitter.  Hot glued leaves to top of pumpkin.

  • To make the stem, I cut a strip of corrugated cardboard painted brown, inserted a piece of wire leaving the end exposed, curled it around a pencil and inserted end wire into top of pumpkin.

This would make a great centerpiece for Fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving!

    Take a little time to enjoy


    Happy Crafting!



  1. Very cute, Gail...can't say that I remember making these though!

  2. Adorable my friend...wish I had learned to do these back in Astoria-Queens, but can't say I did! I love how the cute little pumpkin sits inside the center cavity. I loved your visit...thanks!
    Have a lovely week ahead.

  3. What a fantastic idea! I love me some glitter!

  4. What beautiful and creative way to enlarge the beautiful visual impact of a small pumpkin:)

  5. Gail, That is so adorable. Love the glitteriness of it. Really dresses up the small pumpkin!

  6. Your pumpkin is just adorable Gail. What a great way to display that sweet little pumpkin. Love the glitter.

  7. Sparkly and perfect, nothing glitter can't do, looks amazing Gail

  8. Who but you would come up with a stylish pumpkin to hold your tiny pumpkin! I remember these cutout crafts - love your version of it. Thank you for coming over to share at Make It Monday.

  9. Oh what an adorable idea. I absolutely love the stem! How smart you are! I am so glad you linked at the Fabulous Fall party! I thought I was following you but I guess I wasn't. I am following now! Thanks again for sharing. Have a wonderful Wednesday. I'll be posting late tomorrow about whatever is on my mind! Come by and see me!

  10. How adorable! A pumpkin cozy! I love the sparkle.

  11. So shiny! I like how the little pumpkin just hangs out in there, hehe. Thanks for linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  12. Thanks for sharing that adorable re-cycle craft with us! I love the added touch of the little pumpkin INSIDE of your cardboard cute!

  13. This is so adorable and creative. I love it. What I love the most is recycling and the glitter. I am a glitzy kind of gal. Thanks Gail for sharing this over at The Southern Special.

  14. Whoa, Nellie!!!!!!!! What a terrific art project for the season!!! The way you created the stem is particularly cool. I don't remember making cutouts "back in the day", but maybe I don't remember because "the day" was so far back!!! :-)

  15. OK I need to find out where you got your DNA, how the hell do you come up with these genius ideas all the time! Those are adorable!!

  16. Cute! Thanks for sharing with us at Your Designs This Time!

    Emily & Erin

  17. Beautiful! Thanks for linking up at Monday handmade Linkup party. You are the featured blogger on party #39. Have a great day. :)

  18. Hi Gail! What a crafty lady you are! I love the pumpkins! The more glitter, the better! Thanks for sharing! Blessings from Bama!

  19. Well done - Feature number 3 :)
    I will be contacting you shortly for your own individual feature post!
    Thank you for sharing on Marigolds' Loft Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party.
    Your post will be featured on the tutorial round-up tomorrow, 30 October 2014.
    I look forward to seeing you again at next month's party.
    Marigolds' Loft

  20. Gail, I'm loving this easy and inexpensive idea. Great pumpkin transformation. Thank you for joining our Halloween Blog Hop!


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