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  DESCRIPTION     Chain of paper pumpkins  
  DETAILS     Using an 8 1/2" by 11" sheet of orange construction paper, cut three strips measuring 2 3/4" by 10". Fold each piece in half. Open the folded paper. Bring the two sides to meet at the center fold line. Crease the newly created folds. You should have four equal sections divided by the folded lines. Unfold the paper and refold, making accordion folds - forward and back. Make a pumpkin template that will  fit in the square formed by the folds. Include a stem. Heavier paper for the pattern is helpful. Lay the pumpkin  pattern on the folded paper, with the pumpkin's base on the edge and one side on the fold. Trace around it. Cut out. You should have four pumpkins joined at their sides. If you failed in the joining there is always scotch tape. Repeat the process making as many pumpkins as you want, joining the sections of four with transparent tape. With magic markers color in the details of your pumpkins. WHAT TO DO WITH THEM?? Use them as table decoration. or punch a hole in the stems and thread them on black yarn for hanging in the window, on the fireplace, over a doorway, around the chandelier. If you're planning to do this, be sure the stems are wide enough to accommodate the hole. Or, alternatively, tape the pumpkins to the yarn with invisible tape. When I was little, my father made a paper doll chain and strung it in my bedroom when I was anticipating an exciting event. So many dolls left for so many days left. Each day I tore off a doll keeping count of how long I had to wait. You could do this with your pumpkin chain. Only so many days left until Halloween! Now if you were my creative friend Anne, you'd take that pumpkin chain and pin it as a border around a burlap tablecloth where the children were having a party.




  AGE RANGE     3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15                
  GENDER     All  
  SEASONAL     Yes  
  MATERIALS NEEDED     Orange construction paper, markers, scissors, transparent tape, black yarn  
  SKILLS NEEDED     Cutting skills, ability to draw a pumpkin  
  TIME TO PREPARE (Minutes)     10  
  TIME TO MAKE (minutes)     45  
  MY RATING (1-10)     10  
  ALL RATINGS (1-10)     1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10                      
  NAME     Suzy Smith  






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