Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: Squashable Pumpkin Pop Up

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Oct 22, 2009

Squashable Pumpkin Pop Up

A rubber band activated pumpkin pop up that squashes flat.

pop up pumpkin

pop up pumpkin

I'm not 100% satisfied with this design. I have yet to hit upon the perfect rubber band or elastic thread to make it pop up and flatten perfectly.

In theory, here's how it goes together.

Download PDF. Score first, then cut out pumpkin pieces.

For machine cutting, download DXF or GSD. (Set green lines to score.)

pop up pumpkin

Pre-crease the fold lines, curling each section of the pumpkin toward the center.

Thread your stretch material (elastic thread or rubber band) through the holes on the one pumpkin half. Pull up until the sections all touch each other at the sides, forming a half pumpkin. Tie. Tape the ends if you like.

I tried two threading patterns. The first was elastic thread strung through all six sides in a circle.

pop up pumpkin

The second was a rubber band attached to two opposite sides.

pop up pumpkin

I suspect that a rubber band through three, alternate, sections would work better.

pop up pumpkin

My elastic thread did not have enough stretch. I cut and tied it to the right length to close the pumpkin, but then it could not stretch enough for the pumpkin the squash flat without threatening to rip the paper.

I need to find a thick-ish elastic thread that stretches to twice its length. The one I was using only stretches to 1.5 times its length.

The rubber band had the right amount of stretch.

pop up pumpkin

However, attaching it only on two sides caused those sides to collapse inward on the finished pumpkin.

pop up pumpkin

Once you are satisfied with the stretch of your elastic thread or rubber band, match up the two pumpkin halves and start gluing the sections together.

The glue goes on the tabs with the holes punched in them. Glue one tab to the corresponding tab of the other pumpkin half and use a clothespin to hold them together. Work around the pumpkin, gluing and clipping together. Allow to dry.

pop up pumpkin

Cut out a stem and face and glue to the pumpkin.

pop up pumpkin

pop up pumpkin


Realtor in Toronto said...

Hi. Great tutorial. It's amazing what can be made from paper. My little nephew loves doing different paper folders. And I'm sure he will like this pumpkin too. Moreover, it doesn't seem to be very difficult and can be ideal for Halloween decorations.

Take care,

helen said...

Adorable pumpkin. I can't believe you made the pop up ball! When I first saw it, I wanted to make one. After spending hours on the three tiers pop up cake, I gave up on the pop up ball. You are truly amazing! Is there anything you couldn't do?

MariLynn said...

Carol this is awesome!!!Thanks for sharing.

Nicholas said...

Another awesome creation. I have been looking more in more in to the use of rubberband construction with popups. The issue is I haven't been able to really see many tutorials like this one you have created. Thank you for sharing.


Carennedy said...

WOW everything here is so cool -- I can't wait to get going on some of your wonderful ideas and creations. I love how you show each step and make it easy to follow.

Crayola58 said...

Your tutes are so great and easy to understand.
Love your creations.