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Paper Strip Pumpkins
You will need:
You can use either 12 X 12 or 8 ½ X 11 paper for this project. I think cardstock works best for this project. Construction paper is too flimsy to hold the shape of the pumpkin.
Cut your paper into even strips (mine are 1 ½ inches wide)
Using a hole punch, punch a hole into both sides of each strip.
Put the brad through the holes on one side of the strips and close. Fan out the strips into a circle.
Fold each strip up and attach to the 2nd brad. Alternate sides as you bring the strips up.
Bend the pipe cleaner around the brad and then close. Use a pen to create ringlets in your pipe cleaner.
And there you have it.
You can vary your pumpkins by using different sizes and colors of paper and by decorating the strips before you create your pumpkins. This project was obviously too advanced for my two year old, but he enjoyed coloring on the paper before I cut it into strips to create his pumpkin.