3D Pumpkin Place Card

by Melissa Bove

Create a cute paper pumpkin decoration for your holiday table.


  • Patterned paper in fall colors, 8 1/2" x 11"
  • Paper trimmer
  • Thanksgiving sentiment (stamped or digital)
  • Thanksgiving themed tag, personalized
  • Mini 1/2" wood spools (2)
  • Twine
  • Button
  • Scallop circle dies or punches (Spellbinders Large Scalloped Circles used here)
  • Die cutting machine (if using circle dies)
  • Hot glue gun


  1. Step 1

    Cut patterned paper into 1" strips lengthwise using a paper trimmer. (For a smaller pumpkin, cut across the paper instead.)

  2. Step 2

    Form a ring with the first strip, securing the ends with hot glue. Make sure patterned side is facing out.

  3. Step 3

    Adhere another strip to the first ring to make a cross.

  4. Step 4

    Continue to add the strips until you form a ball.

  5. Step 5

    Die cut or punch a 4" and 1 3/4" scalloped circle out of patterned paper.

  6. Hot glue the larger circle to the bottom center of the pumpkin, and the smaller circle to the top center of the pumpkin.

  7. Step 6

    Trim a strip of patterned paper to fit around the mini spools; wrap around the spool and adhere. (You can also use twine, string or ribbon, if you prefer.)

    Sponge on some brown ink to darken or distress the spools.

  8. Step 7

    Hot glue the wood spools to the center of the small die cut circle. Slightly offset one for a whimsical look.

  9. Step 8

    Embellish the pumpkin top as desired to complete the project.

    For the sample, a twine bow, button, tag and thanksgiving banner were added to the top of the pumpkin.

  10. Step 9

    Use the finished project to decorate a holiday table or display.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for 3D Pumpkin Place Card. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Julie Heyer  |  Wed Oct 7, 2015 at 5:47 AM
These are adorable. Did you put some modge podge on your paper to make it a little thicker and shiny?
Pam Copenhaver  |  Wed Oct 7, 2015 at 7:08 AM
I didn't - if you try it, Pam, let us know how it turns out!
dina  |  Wed Oct 7, 2015 at 7:31 AM
Really cute! Love your sense of humor. Thanks Dina!
Kathy Harrison  |  Wed Oct 7, 2015 at 8:11 AM
Super cute and easy-thanks for sharing Dina! smile
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Oct 7, 2015 at 8:13 AM
Thank you for all your sweet comments!! I didn't use any modge podge on my paper either, Pam. They are super easy to make and so much fun! Even kids can make them! (Just be careful with the hot glue gun) I hope you all give it a try! They can even be made with non-traditional colors too...vintage ephemera paper, white cardstock, or even in pastel colors! Give it a try! smile
Melissa Bove  |  Wed Oct 7, 2015 at 8:21 AM
This is outstanding!! Love your tutorial, Melissa! AWESOME work!
Virginia Lu  |  Wed Oct 7, 2015 at 10:27 AM
As much as I love this project, it'/s your delightful narrative that made me chuckle! Thanks for posting this project just in time for Halloween and Thanksgiving.
Martie Rollin  |  Wed Oct 7, 2015 at 11:20 AM
So stinkin' cute! And easy!
Banno  |  Wed Oct 7, 2015 at 1:49 PM
This is so stinkin' CUTE!!!! I HAVE to make these!!!! Thank you for sharing your idea.
Nicole Steele  |  Wed Oct 7, 2015 at 4:46 PM
super! Tolle Idee.
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Beate M  |  Sat Oct 31, 2015 at 10:52 AM
Love these pumpkins, they are so gorgeous.
we will be with our family for Thanksgiving this year so I will have to cut everything ready to make when I arrived over there.
jan S  |  Wed Sep 13, 2017 at 5:12 AM
wohooo!!! for halloween !!!
mogu mook  |  Wed Mar 21, 2018 at 10:57 AM
awesome craft !!!
mogu mook  |  Wed Mar 21, 2018 at 10:57 AM

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