Halloween Paper Pumpkins To Make

It is once again nearing the time for Halloween,
Where ghouls, witches and werewolves will scream!
Calling from house to house, neighbours beware;
These little terrors will give you quite a scare!
Tricks and treats and frights galore,
I wonder who that could be knocking on the door!

Halloween has always been a big deal in the USA, and the UK has started to join in on all of the Halloween fun to be had on this ghoulish night. Tiny hands may find it hard to carve their own real pumpkins, but fear not! Country Baskets have made these handy tutorials on how to make perfectly scary Halloween paper pumpkins.
Happy Halloween!

Willow and I sat and made these paper pumpkins. She had great fun (watching me) cut up the paper strands, she did glue the eyes and mouth on herself though 🙂

paper pumpkin
Paper Strand Pumpkins
What you’ll need
•    Two pieces of orange card
•    One piece of green card
•    One piece of thin black card or paper
•    Twine or string
•    A hole punch
•    Glue
How to
Step 1: Cut the orange card into strips that are around 3cm wide and punch a hole into each end of the strip (make sure the holes line up perfectly by using a strip as a template)
Step 2: Stack the strips together and thread the twine or string through the holes on each side. Make sure the twine is tied on the same side of the card for each hole.
Step 3: Gently pull out the stack of card to fan out the pieces being careful not to damage the card in the process.
Step 4: Take a piece of the green paper and twist a small amount to make a stem – push this through the small section where the top hole sits. Cut out two leaves from the green card and glue them onto the top of the pumpkin to cover the stem base.
Step 5: Using your black card, create the eyes, nose and mouth of your pumpkin.

Note: You do not have to use a hole punch and twine to make the pumpkin – if you prefer, you can use glue to attach the pieces of card together.

Treat Filled Tissue Paper Pumpkins

tissue paper pumpkins

What you’ll need
•    6 sheets of orange tissue paper
•    1 sheet of thin black card or paper
•    Green floral tape
•    Scissors
•    Glue
•    Sweets & treats
How to
Step 1: Take two sheets of tissue paper and place them together. Take a bowl (you can use a compass if you prefer) and draw around the base to create a circle. Cut out the circle and set aside for later.
Step 2: Take four sheets of tissue paper and shred the paper into small pieces – this will become the ‘stuffing’ inside the pumpkin.
Step 3: Place the stuffing paper along with a few sweets onto the circles you have just cut out and carefully gather up the paper to wrap up the stuffing and sweets. Make small pleats as you go to give the pumpkin ridge effect. Twist the top of the paper together to create a pumpkin stem.
Step 4: Taking your green florist tape, wrap it carefully around the stem to seal it in place and trim off the excess tape. Taking another length of tape, wrap around the stem tightly and work upwards to create a twisting vine effect.
Step 5: Take your black card or paper and cut out three triangles for a pair of eyes and a nose, cut out another piece of card to form a mouth in whichever shape you wish. Glue the card onto the pumpkin to create your pumpkin’s face.

Toilet Paper Pumpkins

toilet roll pumpkins

What you’ll need
•    A full toilet roll (not just the roll, the whole thing)
•    Orange tissue paper
•    Thick green ribbon
•    A thick twig from outdoors (if you can’t get this, then a toilet paper roll will do)
How to
Step 1: Take your toilet roll and orange tissue paper and cover the toilet roll with your orange tissue stuffing the paper down into the top of the hole. Pull the paper out a little at the edges to create a fuller effect.
Step 2: Take the twig and place it into the hole where you have you stuffed the tissue paper – be careful that you don’t damage the tissue paper as you push it down. If you are using a toilet paper roll, fold the roll in half and then place it into the hole.
Step 3: Take a length of the green ribbon and tie it in a bow around the base of the twig or roll.
Step 4: If you wish to make a face for your pumpkin, you can do this by cutting out the shapes on a piece of thin black card or paper and gluing into place.

Woodland Mini Childrens Backpack Review

The wonderful guys from the dotcomgiftshop sent me a lovely children’s back pack to review. I was mega excited about this, as Willow seems to have developed a love of bags and is often spotted walking around with a funky bag of some sort slung on her back.

The bag we are reviewing is the Woodland Mini Childrens Backpack, and can be found here.

woodland animals bagbackpack back

The bag is lovely and small, perfect for older toddlers and school children. It features a cute woodland design featuring deer, rabbits, tress and toadstools on its print, and is bright and eyecatching for children and parents alike. With winter coming we all need a little something to brighten our day and this bag gives us just that.

woodland animals bag


The backpack has a large main compartment that perfectly holds a couple of nappies, wipes, a lunchbox and bottle… and even a teddy, Perfect for going on a day-out or even a trip to the park. It has a good sized front pocket too, for any little things your child may need on a mini adventure.

The bag is extremely well made and durable, with strong zips, and wide shoulder straps for comfort. It has large pull tabs on the zips that are great for little fingers to grasp hold of. The bag is not too large for little children and would suit any day out, or even used as a school bag for those early days in education. We road-tested the backpack on a little trip to the local play park, even poor George had to get brought along too! This stylish bag is much loved by Willow, and she has now been wearing it all day… I worry that it may be going to bed with her tonight!! Uhoh.

The bag is part of the ‘Woodland Animals’ range, which also offers some adorable products in the same design such as stationary equipment, night-lights and household accessories.

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I was not paid for this review, but was sent the bag free of charge by dotcomgiftshop.