Fall is officially here so it seemed only fitting that Thomas and I experiment with making some fall decorations. I had seen a number of different fall crafts made with mason jar lids used to form a pumpkin and I had also seen a pin of an apple made with a toilet paper roll and construction paper. So I decided to mash the two ideas together and create a cute easy preschool age appropriate craft. It was definitely simple and fun for my preschooler who loves cutting up paper and using glue.
What you need:
- Orange and Green Construction paper (9″ x 12″)
- Empty Toilet Paper Roll
- Glue Stick
- Scissors or Paper Cutter
- First I used my crafting paper cutter I purchased a few years ago from Stampin’ Up to cut 9 – 1″ x 9″ strips of orange construction paper and folded the ends of each strip down about a 1/2″ (you could absolutely do this step using scissors if you don’t have a paper cutter)
- Next I free cut a leaf out of the sheet of Green Construction paper approximately 1″ x 2″ in size
- Now that all of our pieces were cut out we began gluing the orange strips to the toilet paper roll. One end we glued to the very bottom of the roll while the other we glued about an inch and a half from the top of the roll to leave a space that would resemble the stem of the pumpkin.
- Our last step was to glue the green leaf onto the roll close to the orange strips.
You’ll see in our Facebook video below that I talk about the gaps between the strips where you can see through to the brown roll. After we finished filming I decided to make a second pumpkin with Thomas where we cut a strip of orange construction paper big enough to wrap around the roll while still leaving the stem portion brown at the top so that the entire body of the pumpkin would be orange. We had a great time creating both pumpkins and they both are a cute addition to my fall decorations but they have that extra special aspect to them because we made them together!
We hope you’ll be inspired to create with your kids. This is a great preschool craft for at home or in school. If you make this fall craft with your own little ones be sure to share photos of your work with us on our Facebook page!