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Papier Mache Pumpkins

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A fun family activity for the fall holidays, a papier mache pumpkin is excellent for Halloween or Thanksgiving decoration.

The finished pumpkin can be used as a reusable jack o' lantern, candy bowl, pumpkin-top hat, door decoration, scarecrow head, etc.
 
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Step 1: Supplies

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Dollar store bungee balloons
String
Newspaper
Water
Flour
Salt
Paint
Stick (approximately pupkin stem width)
Round piece of cardboard
Washer/smashed bottle cap (optional)

Tools:
Cutting device (Dremel, scissors, sharp serrated knife)
Scissors
Small nail
Hot Glue Gun + spare glue sticks

note: not all supplies are pictured

Step 2: Prep Balloon

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1. First figure out how big you want your pumpkin by blowing the balloon up to the desired size. Without tying it, take a piece of string and measure the circumference of the balloon. Cut the string so that both ends meet when stretched around the balloon, then cut three more the same length.

2. To tie the strings together hold all of the loose ends together and pull them through a loop, trying to keep the ends close to the knot as pictured below. Now take the balloon and blow it up again with the strings draped around it. Holding the knot at the top, blow the balloon up enough that the strings don't move around too much on their own, but enough so you can adjust them to make strait loops alternating around the balloon.

3. Once you get the strings straight enough (I followed the lines on my bungee balloon), carefully continue to blow your balloon up until you get a nice shape with ridges. It may take you a few tries, patience!
Boygasmo9 months ago
You make it look so easy to tie on the balloon! Mine keeps slipping off! Errgg!!!!
Boygasmo9 months ago
You can do part elmers glue and part water. Mix well and it works just as well as the flour goop.
Boygasmo Boygasmo9 months ago
Btw, ingenious idea of using twines. It never occurred to me! Thanks for sharing!
Just letting you know I have shared your tutorial on my blog here: The Pneuma Blog

Thank you for creating it so I didn't have to lol
vatech9010 months ago
Great project! I tried to do this last year, but I tried it with regular round balloons and it didn't work so well. I have some of those big "punchy" ones so I'm going to go try it now! Thanks!
sdhardie10 months ago
Love it!
sdhardie10 months ago
Love it!
poofrabbit1 year ago
This is a great looking mache project!!
Closet_RAt1 year ago
Really clever!
Would a base coat of black cover the print before you paint the orange?
Just started this project, I have the base coat of 5 balloons drying. Strings were difficult, so I ended up using rubber bands instead.
mbrice2 years ago
~OOOOO~ I'm so excited!!! Want to get started right away :) Ty M
kayla-chan3 years ago
Obviously balloons like you. They hate me so I ended up using a beach ball. It's just another option (and you just have to follow the lines already on the ball to make the ridges).
unexpired (author)  kayla-chan3 years ago
Yeah, my second round I struggled with the strings a bit more. I thought about a beach ball, but couldn't find one since they were out of season!
It got suggested to me by a lady at a craft store after I burst about 5 balloons. I was lucky to just catch the season but my pumpkin is fairly biggish...
And I had to add layers of tape to make the ridges larger but that wasn't too painful. I will hopefully throw up a picture once I finish it I just have to sand it and paint it and I'm done :)
But thank you so much for the awesome instructable, it was really helpful
nail face3 years ago
wow i used to blow up the balloon and wrap tape around it, but this is just so much better then what i was doing lol
saffron693 years ago
Awesome...
Halloween hasnt caught on here in Australia.... sigh ... i wish it did just for the costumes =)
and so though ive playe with papier mache ive never made a pumpkin before...
i think my boy and i are going to have some fun with this.....lots of fun =)
thanks heaps
bluelantern3 years ago
lol! cool! ill try to make one too....thanks!
piperjon3 years ago
How cute! And you look fabulous in your punkin hat! :-D
Pj