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How to Make a Cardboard Tube Pumpkin

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Recycle those TP tubes to make this cute fall decoration. You and the kids could work on these together. Make a few for your own paper pumpkin patch. This is a page about how to make a cardboard tube pumpkin.


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Halloween is on its way! Here is a cute pumpkin craft that will cost next to nothing to make. It uses just a few household items including the cardboard tubes from inside toilet paper rolls. This is a great fall craft for all ages. Enjoy!

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 pumpkin


  • 4 toilet paper roll cardboard tubes
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • orange and green paints
  • paint brush
  • string
  • glue


  1. Mark 3 of the cardboard tubes with your pencil, spaced at 3/4 inch segments.
  2. Press down each tube gently and cut at the 3/4 inch markings so you have 18 rings.
  3. Paint the outsides of the rings orange.
  4. To give the pumpkin a nice textured look, use two shades of orange on one paintbrush and dab the cardboard tube.
  5. Paint the insides of the tubes orange and let dry.
  6. Paint the outside of the 4th tube green, using the same two tone texture technique if desired.
  7. Paint the inside of the tube and let dry.
  8. When the orange rings are completely dry, place them on the piece of string.
  9. Pull rings around in a tight circle, tie the string in a knot, and cut the excess string.
  10. When the green tube is dry, take one side and make a few cuts 1/3 of the way down the tube on equal sides.
  11. Press the cuttings down into the center of the tube, then cut the edges so they're nicely rounded off.
  12. Add a couple dots of glue under the top flap and press down to secure.
  13. Drop the stem into the middle of the pumpkin ring.
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October 1, 20170 found this helpful

I love this and will be doing this today. Simple easy and cheap. To for sharing.

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October 2, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you! I love seeing the cardboard tubes go to use. :)

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October 22, 20170 found this helpful


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October 24, 20170 found this helpful

Thanks, Doug! :)

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