Paper Pumpkins

Okay, its a little early but its been so dry here and my husband keeps talking about harvest starting any day (he works for a seed company) that I’m already thinking fall!  These pumpkins came from a variation of the exploding gift box.  You can adjust them to be tall and skinny or short and fat depending on how you curl and secure your paper.

I am soooooo ‘geeked’; this is the first project created on my new Zing!  What a lovely little machine this is, making a very small footprint in my craft room space compared to other tools I have!  It’s very easy to move around, and will be a joy to travel with!  AND…It was so easy to set up, I was rocking and rolling within 20 minutes (I admit it probably helped that I’ve been a Maxx owner for 4 years).


Card Stock – Butternut Squash for your pumpkins and Cilantro for the optional leaves

Adirondack ink and applicator tool – Terra Cotta

Green Pipe Cleaner


First, you’re going to cut the pumpkin file:

Click on the text link above or this photo to download the free pumpkin file from Team KNK

Next, using your applicator, add some dark edges:

It is much easier to apply the ink while still on the mat as shown (the applicator won’t catch on the edges of the paper).

Then, peel out your cut design:

Use a cylinder to shape the side pieces (mostly at the base and the top).  Take the pipe cleaner, and put it through the center hole.  Create a circle on the underside of your pumpkin so that it will sit flat:

Then, turn the pumpkin over and start feeding the pipe cleaner through each of the holes in  the pumpkin’s side pieces.  Twist the pipe cleaner at the top to hold them securely.  Add leaves if desired and/or use the extra pipe cleaner length as vines.

Remember, you can have short or tall pumpkins depending on how you curl the paper at  the top and bottom and at what height you secure the pipe cleaner.

I added this leaf cut file to the download:

If you already downloaded the pumpkin, you’ll have to re-download to get the leaf file. (Sorry, the free file is no longer available)

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About Cuttin' with KNK (Michele)

I am the proud mother of 2 grown children, waiting for grandchildren some day. I've been married to my best friend since 1988. I have been crafting since I was a girl - I can't even remember a time when I wasn't creating something, and I've tried nearly everything. I discovered KNK in 2009 and have loved the company and its products ever since. The machines are so versatile and enhance my own creativity. It is rare that I make something without my KNKs.

30 thoughts on “Paper Pumpkins

  1. Can’t wait to try these! Thanks for the great idea and free file too! love hugs and prayers

  2. I love pumpkins or anything for fall/Halloween! Thanks for sharing! And I’m glad you love your new Zing 🙂

    • I love fall and Halloween decor too. My kitchen is painted Benjamin Moore August Morning and all the fall colors/accents look great in there! Enjoy!

  3. these are adorable, Michele! will be visiting my 2 young GDs and they will enjoy making these. thank you for sharing your work.

    • You’re welcome. This will be a great project for young ones! I think the pumpkins would be great as a garland if they want to make half a dozen or so – just an idea.

  4. Thanks for the cute pumpkin file, Michelle!! I like the idea of adding the ink before weeding. Could you please tell me what file you used for the leaves? Thanks!

  5. Love the pumpkins. Have to add them to my ever-growing list of things to do! Fall is a great time of the year. I’m ready for the cooler days, especially after the extra hot days this summer.

  6. It is NEVER too early for anything Halloween. It is my favorite holiday. Loved the pumpkin and thanks for the file. Where does one get Adirondack inks? I’ve never seen them in stores where I live.

  7. Cannot wait to try this. The inking tip is very clever. I will try that out today.
    Thank you so much for a quick and simple yet poppin’ idea.

  8. How easy are these?! It would be fun to make a bunch with my kids. Thanks for the file!!

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