I have never been a crafty person and did not really do many crafts with my kids at home until I became a Pre K teacher. Since crafts are a big part of what I do now, I have grown to love them and tend to do many with my own children at home. I have several ideas that have been used both in my classroom as well as at home. Here is the first one that is sure to please almost everyone.
Paper Mache Pumpkins are not only fun and cute, but are much easier than I expected. The way I made them was a compilation of several methods and ideas given to me by other teachers. I really took all of their experiences and came up with what worked for my class.
Balloons (however many you want to do, that’s how many balloons you need)
Glue- White School glue is what I used
Small Bowl or cup for mixing glue
Plastic cup to stand balloon on
Newspaper or some other paper- I used white butcher paper- Cut into ½ inch strips
Black Magic Marker
1. Cover work area with paper or newspaper first.
2. Blow up balloon to desired size and tie end to secure.
3. Mix the glue with water at a ratio of 1 part water to 2 parts glue. Stir with paint brush until mixed thoroughly.
4. Take strips of paper and dip into glue mixture, then skim off excess glue while holding over bowl of mixture. Place strip onto balloon and rub edges down so they are not sticking up. Keep doing this until the entire balloon is covered. Leave the tied part sticking out and not covered in paper, though. (I used the plastic cup as a holder for the balloon once one side was covered and sticky- it’s easier to get the balloon off the edge of the cup than it is to tear the whole thing off your covered work station! )
5. Once you have it covered, let it dry for about 2 hours. It will not be completely dry yet.
6. Repeat the whole process with a second layer of paper. Then let the whole thing dry for about 8 hours or overnight. When drying, I flipped the balloon over on the other side about ½ way through drying time when at home, but for school, they just dried on the same side overnight and were fine.
7. After the balloon is completely dry, you may paint it.
8. Once the paint is dry, you will use your Magic Marker to draw on a face for your pumpkin.
9. Then, you will cut off the tied part of the balloon that is still sticking out. This will allow the balloon inside to deflate and you’ll be able to get it out of the hole, if you want to.
10. For the stem, I used green construction paper rolled into a little stem and stuck it into the hole left by the balloon top.
11. I was able to have them stand up on the counter by “smooshing” in the bottom of the pumpkin with my hand. That became the base of the pumpkin.
These turn out so cute and are really not complicated at all! Take it from a craft newbie!Have fun and be ready for all of the other fun things you can do with paper mache!