3D Pumpkin

Unique 3-D Pumpkin Centerpiece

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3D Pumpkin

My friend Dorthy has the most incredible paper 3-D pumpkin I have ever seen.   

This CENTERPIECE will be a show-stopper and the possibilities are endless!  Dorthy has picture tutorials to help you every step of the way. 

Also, if you’re  looking for ideas for Thanksgiving  to make it more special click HERE


Unique 3D Pumpkin Centerpiece


10 – 12 X 12 orange cardstock (I used Kraftcore shattered by Core’dinatons)
1 – 12 X 12 dark green cardstock
Aleene’s tacky glue original or fast drying
Glue stick
1 wooden skewer
Small hole punch
Green wire (opt)
Scoring mat and scoring tool (opt)
2” Circle punch (opt)


1 – Cut out all pieces:
From 2 pieces of orange cardstock cut: 2 – 4 ½ X 12 & 1 – 3 X 12
From 1 piece of orange cardstock cut: 4 – 3 X 12
From 4 pieces of orange cardstock cut: 2 – 3 ½ X 12 & 1 – 4 X 12
From 1 piece of orange cardstock cut: 3 – 4 X 12
From 1 piece of orange cardstock cut: 2 – 3 X 12 & 1 – 4 X 12
From 1 piece of orange cardstock cut: 9 – 2” circles
From I piece of green cardstock cut: 1 – 2 X 12 strip & 2 leaves (I googled pumpkin leaves)

2 –lightly mark each orange strip on the wrong side in 1 inch intervals or use scoring mat and tool so that there are 12 sections on each strip.

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3 – Fan fold each strip being as exact as possible. (fold half of each width of strips by folding the first section toward the back and fold the other half of the strips by folding the first section to the front.)

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Punch a hole in the center of 7 of the 2” circles.(to find the center, fold one circle in half and then again in fourths.

Punch the hole where the folds meet and use this template to punch the other circles.)3D Pumpkin 44 – Bottom layer: glue 4 – 3 X 12 strips together to form a circle (I had to cut about 1/16”from each short end) making sure to use 2 strips folded to the front first and 2 strips folded to the back first.

Flatten into a circle and glue a 2” circle to the bottom keeping the center as tight as possible. (This is really easier to do with two people, so have a girl’s night to do this project.)

Insert the skewer in the center of the folds and glue.

Hold until the glue is set. Take a 2” circle and generously spread glue on one side.

Slide it down over the skewer and use to help hold the layer in place.

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3D Pumpkin 85 – Repeat the process with each layer.
2nd layer –4 – 3 ½ X 12 pieces
3rd layer – 4 – 4 X 12 pieces
4th layer – 4 – 4 ½ X 12 pieces
5th layer – 4 – 4 X 12 pieces
6th layer – 4 – 3 ½ X 12 pieces
7th layer – 4 – 3 X 12 pieces3D Pumpkin 9

3D Pumpkin 106 – Place one last 2” circle on the top.3D Pumpkin 11

7 – Cut the skewer to 1 ¾ “high reserving the cut part of the skewer. Roll the 2 X 9 piece of green cardstock around the cut part of the skewer to form a stem and glue to hold its shape. Remove from skewer.
8 – Cut 2 leaves from the green cardstock
9 – Wind 3 – 9” pieces of wire around the cut skewer and then remove to form curly vines.3D Pumpkin 1210 – Place the stem on the skewer end and glue. Arrange the leaves and curly vines on top.

This is not a hard project but it is a little time consuming. Be patient- it’s WAY worth it for this AMAZING centerpiece!3D Pumpkin 13

Centerpiece by Dorthy, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

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Easy DIY Tissue Paper Flower & Poms

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Homemade Paper Pom Poms

How to make your own tissue paper pom poms

My daughter-in-law Ashley made tissue paper flowers, or poms, to decorate for Tawni’s baby shower, my other daughter-in-law. Click HERE to see the post.  Ashley did this tutorial with me so you can make them too.

 These poms are so easy and a very inexpensive way to decorate for many occasions. They could be used for bridal or baby showers, a birthday party, a mom and daughter or daddy daughter activity, a bedroom, or even made up using school colors for the dinner or get-together before or after a high school dance!
The sky is the limit!

Easy DIY Tissue Paper Flower & Poms

10 sheets of tissue paper per pom/flower
Thin wire
Wire cutters

Lay all 10 pieces of tissue paper on top of each other.
Fold up, all sheets together, about 1″Tissue Poms 1

Fold accordion style, back and forth; again at about 1″ per fold.Tissue Poms 2Continue folding accordion style all the way to the end of the tissue paper.Tissue Poms 4Cut a piece of wire about 12″Tissue Poms 5Wrap the wire around the folded tissue paper, keeping it flat, do not bunch.Tissue Poms 6

Twist the wire, then fold it on top of itself to tuck in ends of wire and to secure tissue paper together.Tissue Poms 7Cut end into a ‘V’Tissue Poms 8
Tissue Poms 9Cut other end so both are a ‘V’ shape.Tissue Poms 10

Fan out sides.Tissue Poms 11Pull ONE sheet of tissue up to the middle.
Pull ONE sheet of tissue on the OPPOSITE side up to the middle.Tissue Poms 12Continue this step, gently pulling up one side; then alternating to the other side.Tissue Poms 13

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When all the sides are lifted and pulled up, shape and form it to even out any open spots.Tissue Poms 15For a smaller pom, again use 10 sheets of tissue and cut it in half.Tissue Poms 16As directed above make 1/2″ folds, accordion styleTissue Poms 17Secure with wire, trim the ends to a ‘v’, then begin to pull the tissue to the center, alternating sides.Tissue Poms 18And there you have a small flower or pom!Tissue Poms 19Tissue Poms 20Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

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