Paper Maché Pumpkin

I'm so inspired by all of the different ways that people decorate their pumpkins. This year, we decided to try to paper mache our own. We had just learned about paper mache from a recent Doodle Crate project. So it was really neat to put our newly learned technique to make our own festive fall decor and Halloween jack-o-lanterns.

  1. Ages: 9 - 16

  2. 30 minutes - 1 hour

  3. A little messy

  4. Grownup needed

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Cut long strips of orange construction paper.
    Pour school glue into one of the cups and add a little bit of water to the mixture to water it down.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Blow up your balloon to the desired shape of a pumpkin. Balance the balloon in a cup.
    Dip each strip of orange construction paper into the glue and water mixture. Remove the extra glue by pinching the top of strip and running your fingers down it. Make sure to do this over the cup Place the strip onto the balloon. Cover the entire balloon with orange strips of paper.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Once covered, let the paper dry completely. We used a bit of string to hang the pumpkin outside to dry.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    To make your balloon pumpkin stronger, add another layer of construction paper strips onto the balloon, and let dry.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    Then, we pop the balloon by gently poking a small hole through the paper mache and into the balloon. Remove the balloon.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

    If you'd like, cut a lily pad shape out of your green paper to create stem top.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Step 7

    Cut out details like pointed leaves, and roll a rectangular shape of paper into a stem.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

  • Done!

    (optional) With a grown up assistant, you can carve a pumpkin face into your pumpkin using a craft knife. Add a battery-operated tea light too for a glowing jack-o-lantern.It's the perfect bit of fall decor.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 8

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