DIY: Swirly Pumpkin and Leaf Garland (Paper Craft)


If you’ve been following my DIY/craft adventures, then you know I love creating things with paper. I have done several paper garland projects for holidays such as my Valentine’s Day Paper Heart Garland and Easter Egg and Flower garland. I even made Mini Paper Lanterns for the summer. My latest garland is made up of leaves and fun pumpkins to celebrate the fall season.


It currently hangs on a mirror above my family room mantle. I LOVE it! The Swirly Pumpkin and Leaf Garland adds a nice festive autumn look to my mantle décor .


The materials I used for this project were orange cardstock paper, brown cardstock paper, printed scrapbook paper, straight edge cutter, pencil, glue, leaf template, scissors, ribbon and mini clothespins.


Want to know how to make this fall garland?! Here’s the tutorial?

Each pumpkin is made with 2 orange strips and 1 small brown strip. The orange strips are cardstock paper that I cut 12 inches long and 3/4 inch wide. The brown piece is cardstock paper that I cut 1 1/4 (1.25) inch long and 1/2 inch wide.

On one orange strip, I drew a line with a pencil 3 inches down. I rolled (quilled) the orange strip until I reached the pencil mark. I rolled it out a bit so it made a small swirl.


For the small brown strips, I marked with a pencil 1/2 inch down. I folded/bent the stems at that mark.

I placed the stem lined up against the marked line on my orange strip and glued it. I then took the other end of the orange strip and glued on top of brown stem. You now have a paper pumpkin….with one small swirl. I also made a slight bend where the stem is to give some shape to the pumpkin.


Next, I rolled (using a pencil) the second orange paper strip all the way to the end. The paper will have a tight roll right after you finish. I pulled it out to loosen it. I loosened it enough to fit into the right side of the pumpkin. See pictures below.


I then placed glue on the right inside of the pumpkin and secured the swirly orange strip.


The leaves were made using two leaf templates. One slightly bigger than the other. The bottom layer is dark brown cardstock paper. The top layer is scrapbook paper I found at Michaels. I love how the scrapbook paper has fall-theme words. The templates’ shape was based on a leaf from my Spray Painted Fall Wreath. I traced the leaves using the templates and cut them out. I glued the pattered scrapbook paper leaf on top of the brown cardstock paper. I bent each leaf to give it dimension.


If you look closely at the picture, then you’ll notice I hung the leaves and pumpkins using mini clothespins. It adds a nice touch to this beautiful garland.


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(I’m linking up to I’m Lovin’ It, Weekend Wrap Up Party, Sunday Showcase Party, Made By You Monday, Tip Me Tuesday, Tutorials & Tips Tuesdays, Get Your Craft On, Works for Me Wednesday, Nest of Posies Fall Festival and The Frugal Girls!)


  1. Lindy@ItsyBitsyPaper says:

    Wow! Looks great! I would love for you to link up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party.

  2. This is just adorable! I really love it! I’d be so excited if you would link it to my pumpkin theme craft challenge…

  3. Love this idea! Stopping by from {tatertots & jello}.

  4. I LOVE it! I found you through TT&J and I’m so glad I did. Thanks for sharing your creativity! I’m your newest follower.

  5. Hi there – trying to find a contact email about featuring your post at TipJunkie! LOVE this and great tutorial.
    lowri.mcnabb @

  6. Love the garland! I didn’t realize that you had included a smaller roll inside the pumpkin to fill it out until I read through the directions. I also felt that the directions were easy to understand. I’m pinning this!

  7. This is so cute! I love the swirly pumpkins. I am thinking about making this and am definitely pinning! I have a party going on over at my blog that is dedicated to using your craft stash items. The link is open for most of October and I would love to have you join! Here is the link if you are interested:

  8. I love this garland. I especially love leaves and pumpkins for fall decorating. Also thanks for the very helpful tutorial. I would love it if you would stop by and share at the crafty link party going on right now at Lines Across My Face.
    I hope to see you soon,

  9. These are the cutest little garlands I’ve ever seen. My children can handle helping to make them too! My two fav. things: Simple and Sweet! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Found you from TipJunkie – I love this garland! I might have to try it out. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Perfect….what fun…I shared this with my stamping sisters….TY

  12. Cute, cute garland! The pumpkins are my favorite. I really want to make these this fall – my kids will love it. Thank you for sharing. Pinned.

  13. I shared with my fans on 10/3/13. Looks so fun!


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