Not Martha

to make: pumpkin favors for halloween

candy spread

plastic flies

my favorite are the chocolate eyeball candies

pretty paper!

I cut the paper to 9″ x 5″ with the ribbing running up and down

I ran my fingers along the lenghth (perpendicular to the grain) which made it bow out

wrapped it into a tube with the right side in and folded the edges togther

gathered one end

tied it with string

used some cheesy tape to secure it

carefully turned inside out

stretched it into shape

filled it with goodies

got half of a pipe cleaner

gathered the top

secured it shut

covered the end with floral tape

twisted the pipe cleaner around a pencil

ta da!

I saw a picture of something like these on a flyer for the new Martha Stewart book best of Halloween and decided to make a bunch for the office. I found the greatest crepe paper at Flax – it’s double-sided dark and light orange and fairly stiff so I only had the use one layer. I found some plastic flies and cockroaches at one of those itinerent halloween stores and got both fuzzy and sparkly pipe cleaners. I think they turned out really cute. And I like that it has to be ripped open.

I cut the paper to 5″ by 9″ – because the sheets came at about 50″ x 10″ so I got ten pumpkins out of each sheet. I would have like closer to 6 or 7″ high to make it rounder, but I liked the way the squat little pumpkins look. Also, I next itme I won’t add curls to each one, especially if they are to be presented as a group (in this case I’m planning on dropping one on a desk so I like the stem curl).

I had a hard time finding the orange crepe, actually. It is sold in craft stores in sheets like tissue paper, but I couldn’t find any place that carried orange. There are a bunch of places to find packages of sheets of crepe online (which I will undoubtedly find sometime later). But I ran out of time to order them. What I did find is Gloria brand double-sided crepe paper, made in Germany. Each package holds one 25 x 125 cm sheet. I havn’t tried it yet, but I bet this paper would make very good crepe paper flowers.

I love orange.


23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 tahtah // Dec 7, 2006 at 1:05 am

    These are so cute. I will have to try them some time.

  • 2 Lorraine Knight // Mar 21, 2007 at 5:25 am

    Dear not martha,

    I am looking high and low for german crepe paper double sided, cannot locate… where did you purchase Gloria brand…..thank you,


  • 3 Milissa Klicka // Mar 28, 2007 at 7:41 am

    I too am interested in knowing where German crepe paper double sided may be purchased. Thanks!

  • 4 pamela huntington // Mar 31, 2007 at 8:35 am

    I am looking for a source for the
    German crepe paper sheets,where
    are they available.
    thank you

  • 5 beesign // Apr 28, 2007 at 12:25 am

    Haha…That’s cool and easy.
    I’ll try it.
    Thank you for your info!

  • 6 lisa // May 11, 2007 at 4:05 am

    like everyone else, I can’t find the german paper!

  • 7 Christina // Jun 29, 2007 at 7:28 pm

    Here’s a website that sells a very nice type of crepe paper. I too couldn’t find the german double-sided crepe paper. This is high quality and is pretty stiff which I think is what you’re looking for. Prices are fair, too. :)

  • 8 Christina // Jun 29, 2007 at 7:37 pm Here’s the double sided crepe paper – not cheap though. :(

  • 9 Tanya // Aug 29, 2007 at 2:18 pm

    I don’t know about the quality, but this is much more reasonably priced.

  • 10 Tanya // Aug 29, 2007 at 2:19 pm
    Sorry. Here’s the address.

  • 11 Alison // Mar 14, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    I called Flax Art & Design (in San Francisco) 415-552-2355 and they are shipping me the Gloria double sided crepe paper!! It’s only $1.80 a pack. (HA! Martha wants $12 for her double sided crepe paper!) They get it directly from the manufacturer in Germany and currently have it in fuschia, spring green and yellow/cream.
    Perfect for making those pretty spring crepe paper flowers! Just wanted to pass along the info.

  • 12 Lisa // Mar 27, 2008 at 4:57 am

    I found the double-sided crepe paper online at Kim’s Crane
    They are in the process of moving and will not be shipping until the end of April 2008.

  • 13 sharonlizette // Oct 5, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    I had to laugh… I saw Martha’s new Halloween kits that are sort of like these. I was so P-O’d because I thought MSO had ripped you off.

    Then I checked out your site again and see that you had been inspired by Martha’s project! LOL

  • 14 Keana // Oct 13, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Do you have any ideas for pumpkins made only out of pipe cleaner. Thats all I have.

  • 15 Jude // Nov 12, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Hi all,
    I have found out who manufactures the double sided crepe!! I also have their phone number and I do intend to call them and find out how to get it!!
    Who wants to know??

  • 16 Christie // Jan 31, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    I have been in search of the dreaded double-sided crepe paper for my sister’s wedding (stupid Martha giving us ideas but no materials!) Help if you have another source. We’ll call everyone we need to. Thanks! And sorry I seem to be behind the curve on this. :-)

  • 17 megan // Feb 1, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Christie – Martha Stewart Crafts used to offer packages of double sided crepe but they don’t seem to anymore. Otherwise I’m afraid I don’t know where to find it. Try lots of art stores and specialty/packaging stores, I doubt you’ll find this at craft shops unless they are higher end.

  • 18 Phyllis Lussier // Feb 6, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    I just ordered Double Sided Crepe Paper online from a store called Castle in the Air: It comes in sheets 25x125cm (approx 10″x49″) and costs $2.50 per sheet (plus shipping). It is called Doublette Crepe Paper. So far this is the only place I could find it. Good luck with your project.

  • 19 Jennifer // May 5, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    This website sells the exact brand that was used…

  • 20 Christina // Jun 20, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    I make my own duplex crepe paper, which I also sell in my etsy store here:

    I wish Jude up there left the phone number in her comment!

  • 21 Clint // Sep 14, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Castle in the Air sells a variety of colors of the double-sided crepe paper, which we import from Germany.

    Besides the doublette, we also have rolls of florist crepe, fine crepe, the thinner noblesse crepe, and a crepe paper with a metallic finish on one side.

    Castle in the Air also carries a line of florist crepe paper (in solids and variegated colors) manufactured in Italy.

    You can browse our entire selection at

  • 22 Yvonne // Sep 16, 2011 at 10:00 am

    I am going to use orange paper bags and fill with candy. I found them at 12 for 1.15 The top of the pumpkin I will use green floral tape and wire for the vine

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