Chipboard Pumpkin

by Dina Kowal

Use oval dies to create a fun pumpkin embellishment.


  • Chipboard (cereal boxes used here)
  • Oval dies in various sizes (Spellbinders dies used here)
  • Gesso (white)
  • Acrylic paint (orange, green)
  • Craft or permanent ink that can be stamped over acrylic paint (Memento Luxe, Versafine, Versamagic, Colorbox craft inks will work - Versafine Vintage Sepia used here)
  • Stamps to embellish the project – script, small texture, etc.
  • Leaf die
  • Die cutting machine
  • Florist wire
  • Magnet or small clothespin
  • Hot glue gun


  1. Step 1

    Choose 2-3 oval dies to create the pumpkin shape.

    For a tall pumpkin, choose 2 dies. One will be the base. The central oval should be narrower than the base, and about the same height or slightly taller.

  2. For a wider pumpkin, choose a die for the base. The next layer can either be a smaller vertical oval that is slightly shorter than the height of the base, or a horizontal oval that matches the height slightly in from the ends (cut 2). The central oval should be vertical and narrow, about the height of the base.

  3. Step 2

    Die cut the pieces needed out of chipboard. You may want to cut an extra base piece to cover any printing on the back side.

    Upcycle a cereal box for this project!

  4. Step 3

    Die cut a leaf from the chipboard.

  5. Step 4

    Hand cut a stem for the pumpkin from the chipboard sheet as shown. The stem can be long or short, flaring out on one end.

  6. TIP:
    Use the edge of one of the cut ovals for the curve of the stem.

  7. Step 5

    Give each piece of the pumpkin a coat or two of white gesso. Chipboard is absorbent, so this will give the paint a good base and prevent it from soaking in. Let dry.

  8. Paint the chipboard pieces using acrylic craft paint. Add a second coat after drying, if needed.

  9. Step 6 (Optional)

    Sponge the edges of the pieces with a darker ink – anything between orange and brown can be used.

  10. Stamp lightly with the same ink to add texture and interest to the pieces.

  11. Step 7

    Create a 3” long spiral with florist wire by wrapping the wire around a paintbrush handle.

  12. Leave about an inch of the wire straight at each end. Cut the spiral in half with wire cutters. Save the other end for another pumpkin.

  13. Step 8

    Assemble the pumpkin. Glue the second layer ovals to the base first.

  14. Before adding the central piece, use hot glue to attach the stem and wire spiral.

  15. Step 9

    Adhere the central oval piece.

  16. Adhere the second base piece to the back of the pumpkin to cover any paint or printing.

  17. Step 10

    Add the die cut leaf, along with any other embellishments you choose.

  18. Step 11

    To create a clip or magnet, adhere a clothespin or magnet to the back of the pumpkin using hot glue.

  19. Step 12

    Complete the project.



  1. Make a pumpkin card!

    For the card base, fold cardstock and use the base oval die to cut, overlapping one edge over the fold.

  2. Use patterned papers to cut out the pieces and assemble the pumpkin as done above. Substitute a flourish die for the wire for easier mailing.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Chipboard Pumpkin. 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.

Wonderful project! TFS!
Jennifer Lantz  |  Wed Sep 21, 2016 at 5:28 AM
I love these pumpkins! Your tutorial has me so excited to make these!
Nicole Steele  |  Wed Sep 21, 2016 at 6:08 AM
Super cute Dina---thanks for sharing!
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Sep 21, 2016 at 6:28 AM
This was a really cute tutorial and I love the idea of frig magnets with them. I will make these with my 4 yr old granddaughter if I get to see her in Nov. Thank you for sharing.
Tammy  |  Wed Sep 21, 2016 at 6:29 AM
My gosh, this is so adorable, thanks so much for sharing!
Julie Heyer  |  Wed Sep 21, 2016 at 6:37 AM
BEST TUTORIAL EVVVVER!! thank you sooo much for sharing! xoxo!!!
MELANIE FISHER  |  Wed Sep 21, 2016 at 6:45 AM
Any ideas on how to make a much larger one for a front door decoration? I don't have oval dies, and can't take the time to make a bunch for a wreath. Thanks.
Ginny Pender  |  Wed Sep 21, 2016 at 6:46 AM
I'm always excited to see what fun thing you have for us each week! My hardest decision will be picking out the size dies I need. I have tons of oval dies!
muscrat  |  Wed Sep 21, 2016 at 6:59 AM
This idea is so cute...never would have thought to use oval dies. Thanks for sharing an great tutorial!!
Mabel  |  Wed Sep 21, 2016 at 7:29 AM
Oh, Dina, what a fabulous idea, and I LOVE these pumpkins. Love the idea for using them as tags for gifts and for making a sweet shaped card! Thank you so much!!! Hugs!
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Wed Sep 21, 2016 at 8:04 AM
Can't wait to try this! THANK YOU for the cost-savings suggestion of using a cereal box for the chipboard!
Chrissy  |  Wed Sep 21, 2016 at 10:42 AM
Totally cute!

Ginny - for a larger one, try making some freehand ovals of the size you want and cut with scissors - after all - in nature pumpkins are all kind of weird shapes!
Sonja Van Laar  |  Wed Sep 21, 2016 at 1:52 PM
Ginny, I was thinking of the wood oval plaques that they have unfinished - I wonder if there would be a few different sizes that could be layered together for a door piece. I would love to have a big one!
dini  |  Wed Sep 21, 2016 at 3:58 PM
I just love these pumpkins and am going to make some magnets for the little grandchildren! Thanks so much for your wonderful video explaining the whole process! (love the recycling too!)
Maureen Chandler  |  Wed Sep 21, 2016 at 7:47 PM
These are so adorable.. sadly, I don't have any dies that would work for them. =0( Just another reason to feed my crafting addiction. lol
Jennifer Thornton  |  Wed Sep 21, 2016 at 10:32 PM
What fabulous ideas. Thank you so much for the tutorial. I hadn't thought to use a stamp to create texture.
kab  |  Thu Sep 22, 2016 at 12:47 PM
Dina I love your videos and your voice is so amazing I could listen to you all day.
Patti McDermott  |  Fri Sep 23, 2016 at 5:39 AM

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