Listen and Craft: Paper Towel Roll Pumpkins
Listen and Craft: Decorative Pumpkins for Busy Boos

When the leaves change color, the sun sets earlier, and the air gets cooler, it becomes undeniable that fall is here. Autumn is one of my favorite seasons for one specific reason: the decorations! Who doesn’t love walking down the street and seeing Halloween decorations such as inflatable ghosts, spooky skeletons, and, of course, pumpkins?

If you’re like me, however, you might not have the time to drive all the way to your local pumpkin patch, choose the perfect pumpkin, and then head home to carve it. That’s why this year I’m making my own! You read that right: I’m building my own pumpkin. Let’s gather our supplies, put on some family-friendly seasonal audiobooks, and get to work!

What you’ll need:
• One toilet paper roll
• One thin cardboard box (I used a granola bar box, but a cereal box would also work perfectly)
• Scissors
• A hot glue gun
• Brown paper
• Orange craft paint
•A small paint brush

Instructions:
1.) Cut your carboard box into strips that are about a quarter inch in width. The length of the strips doesn’t need to be exact, but they need to be long enough that they are able to reach from one end of the toilet paper roll to the other with a slight bend in the center to give the pumpkin its shape. Once you’ve cut up your cereal box, you should be left with supplies that look like this:

2.) Plug in your hot glue gun and let it warm up. While you’re waiting, why not start up an audiobook for you and any little helpers to enjoy? I’d recommend Room on the Broom from beloved children’s authors Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Telling the story of a witch who enlists the help of some forest friends to recover her missing hat, bow, and magic wand, this audiobook is festive fun for the whole family and perfect for the Halloween season!

3.) Once your hot glue gun is warmed up and your listen is well underway, it’s time to start forming your pumpkin. You’ll want to put a dot of hot glue on one end of the cardboard strip and press the strip into one end of the center of the toiler paper roll. Then, you’ll do the same thing for the other side so that the strip bows out into a curved shape, like so:

4.) With your spooky audiobook playing in the background, you’ll repeat this process until the strips form a ball shape and no cracks are showing through. This will be the base of your pumpkin.

5.) Now it’s time to break out the craft paint. With your paint brush and orange paint in hand, you’ll want to cover the entire pumpkin. I found that only one coat wasn’t enough to get the pumpkin to be my desired shade of orange, so I recommend letting the first coat dry and then hitting the whole pumpkin with another layer or two. If you need another book to keep you entertained while you’re waiting for your paint to dry, try listening to Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise! This hilarious audiobook tells the story of a pig who just wants to be a princess for Halloween and the treats, tricks, hijinks, and humor that ensue.

Your painted pumpkin should look something like this:

6.) Take your brown paper (I used an old paper bag), twist it up, place it into the center of the toilet paper roll, and cut your “stem” to the desired length.

Now, you have a porch-worthy pumpkin! 🎃

Check out the rest of our Listen and Craft blog posts for more décor ideas!