Pumpkins are a symbol of autumn, Thanksgiving, and maybe most of all, Halloween. The jack-o'-lantern is a classic Halloween design, sending up images of trick-or-treating, ghosts, and the spirit of Halloween. Instead of setting up a pumpkin that will rot and decay, you can create a papier mache pumpkin that will last all year long.
Things You'll Need
- Orange paint
- Black paint
- Brown tissue paper
- Old newspaper
Pour 4 cups of water into a bowl. Add two cups of flour and mix together for about a minute. This will help create the papier mache mix. Set the bowl aside.
Shred strips of newspaper about 3 inches long. You do not have to measure these out, but try to keep the shreds about the same length.
Blow up a round balloon to the size of an average pumpkin. Set the balloon on a couple of sheets of newspaper.
Dip the shredded strips of newspaper into the papier mache mix. Layer the newspaper over the balloon until it is completely covered. Repeat this process three times so there is a thick layer of newspaper around the balloon.
Let the balloon dry overnight. This is so you do not have any moist spots that could cave in when you attempt to paint the project.
Coat the whole pumpkin with a layer of orange paint. Use multiple coats of paint to make the orange brighter.
Let the orange paint dry and then give the pumpkin a face with the black paint. You can also use multiple colors to give him more human qualities.
Use a pencil to draw curved lines all around the pumpkin. This represents the natural curves and waves found on a pumpkin.
Roll some pieces of brown tissue paper together to create the stem of the pumpkin. Glue it in the top and the center of the pumpkin to finish the creation.