Treat Tuesday #28 - Paper Pumpkin


Today's Treat was something I should have thought of sooner, cause it's too cute. I saw it on a few children's websites (would have saved some time if they would have had templates). It still seemed simple enough for me to make and for you to print, so I decided it was definitely something worth designing. I think this is the one I'm going to use. I included several excerpts of Pres. Hinckley's quote from October's Message on each of the strips of paper which make up the Paper Pumpkin. You can read the quotes from the outside of the pumpkin. The word pumpkin doesn't have cute rhyming or fun words to match within the actual quote. I suppose you could maybe say that this month's message is about our little "pumpkins." I think that would be a stretch, but could work. LOL It's just a super easy and super cute craft!


President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008): “Never forget that these little ones are the sons and daughters of God and that yours is a custodial relationship to them, that He was a parent before you were parents and that He has not relinquished His parental rights or interest in these His little ones. … Rear your children in love, in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Take care of your little ones. Welcome them into your homes, and nurture and love them with all of your hearts. They may do, in the years that come, some things you would not want them to do, but be patient, be patient. You have not failed as long as you have tried” (“Words of the Living Prophet,” Liahona, May 1998, 26–27; “Excerpts from Recent Addresses of President Gordon B. Hinckley,” Ensign, July 1997, 73). [Warning: this quote seems more appropriate for Moms, so be sensitive when gifting.]

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  • 2 pieces of cardstock (1 orange & 1 green, patterned or plain. I used double-sided patterned cardstock)

  • Scissors (I used scissors for the leaves and a paper trimmer to trim the strips really straight.)

  • Some kind of hole puncher or paper piercer. (I used the small hole punch on the Crop-a-dile)

  • 2 Brads (I used the standard size brad)

  • Ribbon (optional - I used colored and then switched to brown cause I thought it looked more like the stem.)

Quick Instructions: (More detailed instructions are included in the pdf file.)

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  1. Print 2 copies - 1 on Orange and 1 on Green cardstock in black and white. (1 pumpkin per page)

  2. Cut out 5 strips 1"x11" & leaves. (sorry you have to waste the whole green sheet just for the leaves...I didn't want to have a separate download for it.)

  3. Punch small holes where marked.

  4. Stack the leaves and all of the strips together and add a brad in the center hole area.

  5. Fan out the strips and curl up the strips to form the pumpkin and secure the brad at the top.

  6. Optional: add brown ribbon or curl some green paper for the stem.

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BTW there's still plenty of time to order a ready made October 2009 Visiting Teaching Kit


Jennifer from Hand Picked Daisy shares my love for Fall and Halloween and you can tell, because her kit this month is her best yet! Comes in a way cute metal tin. Inside you get the October 2009 Message, a Chocolate Carmel Apple recipe, a Chandelier resin Necklace Charm and 3 spiders. The best part of it is, it's only $4 and she can ship it too. AMAZING! See more pics of the kit here.


  1. is a spectacular, you can do that in Portuguese? would be great! thanks!

  2. Hi Linda,

    I love your little pumpkin idea. What a great way to send this month's message as well as keep it with the Halloween theme. I have a question though. On the pictures, it looks like your pumpkin is printed on something other than just orange paper? Is that the case or did you do something to create the background colors I see?

    Thanks for all you do,

  3. Betty,
    Glad you like it! Silly me, I forgot to mention that you can also use cute Halloween Patterned paper. I used doublesided 12x12 (cut down to 8.5x11) patterned paper and that's why you see a different pattern on the outside than on the inside. :) Th patterned paper I used wasn't too dark so you can still read the text. Hope that helps! <3 Linda

  4. Thanks so much for this fabulous idea. It was so easy to follow and made such a cute handout. I LOVE your site and thanks for being so willing to share such fun ideas!!

  5. Chris, So glad it made sense. :) I always worry that some things might be too hard when they are explained by me. But they really aren't if I could just show people. LOL Glad you could use it. Have fun Visiting Teaching! ♥ Linda

  6. Hi I just made these and they were super easy and cute! I love them! I have bookmarked you and hopefully will have pics up on my blog tonight!
    Thank you for sharing!

  7. Rayna, Thanks for your comment and for posting your super cute pumpkins on your site. Have fun Visiting Teaching! ♥ Linda

  8. Super cute! I made them for my gals, and they all loved them! Thanks for the idea!

  9. Michelle, I am so glad you were able to make these. I just made some for my gals too, and they liked it. Phew! Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to comment and let me know what you thought of it. ♥ Linda