This fun paper mache pumpkin is not difficult to make but does require adult help.
- Paper Mache Paste
- Balloons (any size)
- Construction paper
- Googly eyes (optional)
- Make Paper Mache Paste.
- Cut newspaper or newsprint into 2" wide strips.
Blow up balloons (as many as you like) and tie off. Attach string to tied end of balloon.
- Once paper mache paste is cool, dip individual strips of newsprint into paste.
- Apply strips to balloon one at a time. Repeat process until balloon is completely covered. The more layers the firmer your finished work will be.
- Hang balloon by string in warm, dry area for at least 24 hours or until completely dry. Be sure to us a drip cloth to protect area.
- **if you are making pumpkins - take a 1-2" piece of a paper towel or toilet paper roll. Hold on top of balloon and attach with newspaper strips to form stalk for pumpkin.
Once paper mached balloon is dry:
- Gently insert sharp needle into base of balloon - you should hear a pop and balloon pull away from sides of hardened shell.
- Gently push in bottom of shell to form a dent - or base for the pumpkin to sit.
- Do not force. If dent will not form, use a cardboard strip, about 1" wide, stapled into a circle as a base.
- Paint body of pumpkin orange. Paint stalk green.
- To decorate paint eyes, nose and mouth on pumpkin in desired "look". You can use googly eyes if you wish. You can cut out green leaves from construction paper and use green floral wire to form vines.
- You can also cut out eyes, nose and mouth using a sharp bladed knife. Then cut a circle in the back and shine a flashlight inside. Do NOT use a candle or flame. These pumpkins are paper and will immediately burn.
From visitors to Kids' Turn Central:
"My kids and I made the paper mache jack o'lantern a few years
back, but what we did with it was cut the top off and now we use it
as the treat bowl. We used gold glitter to make twinkling features.
We live in a really busy Hallowe'en place, so we needed a big bowl
and the paper pumpkin works great and gets many compliments
each year. Love the site, and now I am off to see what we'll be
doing this afternoon (at your site, of course!)."
"I've been making paper mache vintage reproduction Jack o'Lanterns for years. I finish mine off a little differently than the Bumpkin Pumpkin."......Sue
See Sue's designs.
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