As you plan your Thanksgiving feast, make sure your table has big impact with themed centerpieces and place settings. These easy to make (and cheap!) Thanksgiving table decorations will give some extra punch to your holiday spread when paired with low vases filled with mums, an autumn table runner, scattered pinecones, and an overflowing cornucopia. The mini pumpkins are not only cute for place settings, but they also serve double duty as favors your guests can take home! After following my easy how-to below to make these paper pumpkins, take a look at our other Thanksgiving Supplies and Decorations to make decorating for the big day a little easier!
- 2 pieces orange craft paper (12x12 inches)
- 1 brown craft paper (12x12 inches)
- 1 green craft paper (12x12 inches)
- 1 patterned green craft paper (12x12 inches)
- 2 green brads (can be purchased at any craft store)
- Hot glue
- Paper cutter
- X-Acto knife
Directions (makes 1 large pumpkin and two-three small pumpkins)
- Cut 1 piece of orange craft paper in twelve 1-inch strips using a paper cutter. Then, use a X-Acto knife to cut a hole 1/2-inch from each end of the paper strips.
- Next, stack the strips in a pile, aligning the holes. Punch a brad through each end and secure. Spread the strips apart evenly into a pumpkin shape.
- From the green and green patterned papers, cut leaf shapes of different sizes. (I didn’t use a pattern. I just sketched a few freehand.) Then, from the same paper, cut ¼-inch strips for the curly-cue vines. To create them, I wrapped the ¼-inch strips around a pencil.
- For the stem, I cut a 1-inch strip of brown craft paper, rolled it up, and secured it with a bit of hot glue.
- To finish the pumpkin off, use hot glue to first secure the leaves and vines to the top of the pumpkin. Finally, glue on the stem to hide the ends of the leaves and vines.
- Variation: To make the smaller pumpkin for place settings, follow the same directions above, but cut the 1-inch orange strips in half (they should be 6 inches long). One sheet of orange craft paper makes 2-3 small pumpkins depending on how many orange strips you use. To give your place setting pumpkins a personal touch, try writing guests’ names on one of the leaves. They’ll quickly find their seats and have a sweet favor to take home, too!