Fall is truly upon us now! Having some cute decorations for centerpieces or adorable accents to hang on the mantel is a great idea, especially if you can use your digital scrapbooking stash and printable crafts and art straight from your home computer! Today I’m going to show you a really simple way of picking your favorite papers, doing some cutting and gluing, and ending up with a printable craft that everyone will love.
First, pick your papers and open them in Photoshop or your photo editing program. I chose papers from the Good Day Sunshine Collection Mini.
I also opened an 8.5×11-inch document and added some guidelines so that I can make my circles and clip papers to them without running too close to the edge for my printer.
Next, I took my papers and dragged them over the circles I made with my Shape Tool and clipped them to the circles so that I ended up with 6 different-patterned paper circles.
Next, I duplicated the document and added in some small circles as well for the leaves. (This part is optional.) I had two documents now, for a total of 12 big circles and 3 small circles.
Next, I printed them out on my printer. I used a lightweight cardstock, but regular printer paper will work just fine as well.
Then I cut out all of my circles (and engaged the help of my eight-year-old as well).
Next, I folded all of the large circles in half, with the pattern facing in.
Now we assembled them! You will be gluing or taping the circles together, with the plain side facing each other, until you make sort of a caterpillar effect.
Next, attach the two ends together so that you have a circle or an orb of beautiful patterns to make your pumpkin. I’ve chosen to put some ribbon through mine so that I can hang it from a small hook. You could also make it flat and put it as a centerpiece or on the mantle. You can make larger or smaller pumpkins based on the size of the circle you use originally.
For the leaves, either attach them to your pumpkin with more adhesive or tape or scatter them around. I just picked up the circle between my thumb and pointer finger and “squished” it (that’s the technical term) so that it looks like a leaf.
This is a project that can be done year-round for lots of different circular things – apples in the spring, tomatoes in the summer, pumpkins in the fall, snowballs in the winter. You’ll reach for these circles again and again and always come out with a cute digital scrapbooking project that everyone will love!