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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Paint Chip Pumpkins

Looking for a free craft to add to your fall decor? I found this blog post showing how to make paint chip pumpkins and decided to make some of my own.

They are really easy to do and free if you have some basic crafting items.

You need:
Orange, Yellow, and Green Paint sample cards- the longest paint chip cards were found at Lowes
Glue gun

Cut the paint cards for the pumpkin bodies into strips. I did some that were 1 inch, 3/4 inch and 1/2 inch for some variety.

It helps to bend them a little bit using your hands so it is more natural for the paint chips to form a pumpkin shape :)

Start gluing the strip ends together overlapping in perpendicular fashion until you have 8. Then do the same thing with the other end of the strips.

For the pumpkin stems cut out a narrower and shorter strip and fold into a triangle and glue on. Then cut a very narrow strip and wrap it around a pencil until the desired curliness is achieved. Then glue the curl on.

Then you have some awesome decorative and FREE paper pumpkins to display!

I walked out of Lowes with a ginormous stack of paint cards... they are free for the taking but it helped that it was like 9pm and no one was in the paint dept :)  I put mine in a bowl on our coffee table and gave away some to my mom, my godmother Peggy, and her mom.

Linking up at these fun parties:


  1. how very cute and frugal to make love them come see what I have shared at

  2. Such a cute idea! Great project for the after school program I work with!

  3. These are so cute! I need to start taking their paint chips and come up with little projects like this! I would love for you to link up with us at I hope to see you there.
    New follower,

  4. Oh, cute! Would you link them to my pumpkin craft challenge?

  5. Those are adorable. What a whimsical addition to Halloween decor. Love paint chips! I am a new follower from Handmade Tuesdays. Vicky from

  6. I just love this idea! So fun, and simple like you mentioned. The pumpkins turned out so cute and I am going to add it to my fun Halloween projects to do list.

  7. I love your pumpkin so I featured it today! Check it out here. :)

    Feel free to stop by and grab a button if you'd like.

    Have a great weekend!!


    Allison @ House of Hepworths

  8. Such a clever, fun and creative idea! I love them!

    Thank you so much for sharing your talent at Rook No. 17, Emily!



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