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Oct 25, 2011

Paper Mache Pumpkin For Fall Festival Party

Paper Mache Pumpkin For Fall Festival Party 

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • Balloons
  • Newspaper
  • Pin or needle
  • toilet paper holder
  • Green tissue
  • Orange paint or orange tissue
  • Scissors
1.    Cover your work area with newspaper or a plastic tablecloth.
2.    Make the paper Mache solution by stirring together the flour, salt and water until it is smooth.  A whisk is helpful, but do not use an electric mixer as this will cause too much air to be in the mixture.
3.    Blow up a balloon to the size you want your pumpkin to be.  Knot the end of the balloon.
4.    Tear up newspaper into thin strips. Dip each strip into the paper-mâché mixture.  Run your fingers along each strip to remove any excess. Apply your strips back and forth in both directions so they overlap. Leave the knotted end of the balloon uncovered.  If two people are working together, one can dip and the other place the strips.
5.    Cover the balloon until you have about four layers of paper.  Run a few extra strips vertically to make the lines of a pumpkin.  Let it dry for a day or two.
6.    When  the paper is dried, use a pin or needle to pop the balloon.  Cut a hole at the top just large enough for a toilet paper holder to fit into it. 
7.    Spray paint the form with orange paint or cover by gluing on strips of orange tissue dipped in paper Mache mixture.
8.    Cover the toilet paper holder with green tissue paper and insert into the top opening to make the stem.
9.    Optional:  Drop candy into the pumpkin through the top of the stem.  Kids can shake the pumpkin to see what candy they can get out.  As a last resort, break the pumpkin to let all the candy spill out. 

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