GREAT PUMPKIN Candy Box!

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Introduction: GREAT PUMPKIN Candy Box!

About: I am a passionate industrial designer that loves to create all kind of things. I also studied some semesters of Robotics at the university. I love learning and teaching as well. If you have any questions abo…

Halloween is approaching and it is time to enjoy especially with the children.

I hope you enjoy making this pumpkin as much as I did and that you can include your children in the process of creating it, so they can enjoy and learn about creating this fun craft.

Supplies:

  • 1 Balloon
  • 1 Binder clip
  • Rope
  • Toilet paper
  • Water
  • White glue
  • 2 letter size sheets
  • Scissors
  • 1 wine cork
  • Scalpel
  • Plastic wrap
  • Casein
  • Cutter
  • Paints (vinyls)
  • Masking tape
  • Pencil

Step 1: Balloon

  1. Inflate the balloon a little (not too much).
  2. With a binder clip close it (to prevent it from deflating but to be able to continue inflating it later).
  3. Tie with a rope as seen in the image.
  4. After having circled the balloon several times, creating several sections in it, carefully remove the binder clip (without allowing it to deflate).
  5. Continue inflating.
  6. Make a knot so that the air does not come out.

Step 2: Toilet Paper - Water - Glue

  1. Mix some glue with water (I used 2 parts of glue for 1 of water) and start to cover the balloon with toilet paper and the glue with water.
  2. Hang from the knot to let it dry and wait until the next day.
  3. Check if it is already dry.
  4. Cut the balloon and wait for all the air to come out.
  5. Take out the balloon and the rope.
  6. You are ready for the next step.

Step 3: Guide Lines for the Lid

  1. Cut a circle of paper of the size you want the lid to be and an inner edge of approx 2cm.
  2. Check the size with the pumpkin.
  3. Apply glue to the area where it will go.
  4. Paste the circle.
  5. Apply glue on top, making sure it is as smooth as possible.
  6. Let dry.

Step 4: Creation of the Lid

  1. Mark two small guidelines as seen in the image.
  2. Cut on the inside of the glued circle of paper between the widest spaces of the guides (leaving the shortest paces still glued so that the lid does not come off yet)
  3. Put plastic through the cut parts to separate the lid from the base.
  4. Repeat on the other side.
  5. Paste a new layer of toilet paper with glue and water that covers the paper circle (only where there is plastic).
  6. Let dry.
  7. When completely dry, cut the two missing sections (the ones between the guide lines initially drawn)
  8. Move the plastic so that it is completely between the lid and the pumpkin and add toilet paper with glue and water.
  9. Let dry.

Step 5: Top Detail

  1. Cut a wine cork in half.
  2. Add glue to the top of the lid.
  3. Glue the cork.
  4. Let dry.
  5. With toilet paper, glue and water the desired shape is given.
  6. Let dry.

Step 6: Lid

  1. Check that it is completely dry.
  2. Separate the lid from the base.
  3. Remove the plastic.
  4. Trim the leftovers.

Step 7: Texture

  1. Cover the pumpkin and its lid with casein (applying a thin layer and with fingers moistened with water, the last details are given).
  2. Let it dry.
  3. Cover the missing parts, details are improved and allowed to dry.
  4. Sand until the texture is nice.

Step 8: Paint

  1. I mixed the paints with glue before starting. Paint the interior in the desired color (I wanted to use a dark color and use a purple one).
  2. Paint the inside of the lid the same color.
  3. For the pumpkin, I used 3 different shades of orange.
  4. On each curve, I painted the sides with the darkest orange, then the middle and finally the lightest in the middle.
  5. Also, paint the lid and any missing details.

Step 9: Pumpkin Face

  1. Let the pumpkin and its lid dry.
  2. I decided to print a pumpkin face before drawing it to see how it would look.
  3. Stick it to the pumpkin with small pieces of masking tape.
  4. Draw the face with a pencil.
  5. Paint black.
  6. With the lighter orange make a line under the eyes and mouth to give a sense of depth.

Step 10: Pumpkin Paint

I covered it with glue to protect the paint.

Step 11: Pumpkin Ready to Get Lots of Candy!

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    30 Discussions

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    littlebadwren
    littlebadwren

    3 days ago

    Wow! Wonderful work.

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    Lina Maria
    Lina Maria

    Reply 3 days ago

    Thank you!!! :)

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    eyewalk
    eyewalk

    3 days ago

    Wow, smoothest papier mache ever!!

    A tip for reducing your drying time: microwave the sculpture on top of a stack of dry newspaper. This will help force the moisture out (imagine microwaving bread!) and the dry newspaper helps absorb it. Only heat a little at a time and don't let it dry out all the way - could catch fire! Dries in minutes rather than hours.
    (i think this will only work after you take out the balloon, though)

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    Lina Maria
    Lina Maria

    Reply 3 days ago

    Thank you!!! 😊
    And I will try it next time (If I am brave enough 😳)

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    Littleladoo
    Littleladoo

    4 days ago

    Awesome! I will definitely try this

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    Lina Maria
    Lina Maria

    Reply 4 days ago

    I'm glad you liked it 😊
    Show us when you make yours!!!

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    GTO3x2
    GTO3x2

    5 days ago

    Not quite a "box".

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    Lina Maria
    Lina Maria

    Reply 4 days ago

    Well... the definition I found for "box" is... "Container of different materials, sizes and shapes, usually with a lid, used to store or transport things." .... and it is a container of candies... and it has a lid... You can store candies there.
    What name would you give to this Instructable then?

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    Whyteboar
    Whyteboar

    4 days ago

    Have you thought about entering this in the "Hand Tools only" contest? It's very nicely done and may get more exposure there. Great instructable!

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    Lina Maria
    Lina Maria

    Reply 4 days ago

    Thank you!!! I have read you can only enter your instructable to one contest.... I will read the rules again ;)

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    Isabelle1981
    Isabelle1981

    Question 5 days ago

    Is there a way to make this without the balloon? (I am allergic to latex)

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    Lina Maria
    Lina Maria

    Answer 5 days ago

    I have been thinking about your question and now I have an idea... maybe you could use a plastic bag full of foam, making a circle as good as you can and then continue the next steps of the instructable ;) .... and instead of taking off the balloon when it gets dry, you take off the foam and then the plastic bag ;)

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    Isabelle1981
    Isabelle1981

    Reply 5 days ago

    Thank you Lina! I will try it out and let you know how it went!

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    Rypo81
    Rypo81

    Question 5 days ago on Step 7

    Really neat tutorial! I just have a question about the casein. Do you mean the protein powder, Casein? And how exactly do you apply it? Could you be more specific? I'm really intrigued by this step and have never heard of this material used before in crafts (even googling it there are few references to it being used this way).

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    Lina Maria
    Lina Maria

    Answer 5 days ago

    Oh and also about using it this way... well I studied Industrial Design and a teacher taught us to use it this way for different kind of models. So you add casein to the product... cover it with it and when it gets dry you sand it... then if you find holes you add more casein and then sand it ... and you repeat those steps until you like the texture :D It gets really hard and soft, so its perfect for painting it later :)

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    Lina Maria
    Lina Maria

    Answer 5 days ago

    Hi :) Thank you
    And about the casein... this one is the one I bought https://www.industriasbotero.com/productos/arte/caseina.html (in Bogota - Colombia) but I was just googling "casein" ... I found the protein powder you talk about haha... but then I looked for "casein art" and I found things about similar things? I don´t know if it has another name in English 🤔, if so, I haven't found it. Mmmm another material you could use to give it a similar texture is "Gesso" I believe.

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    9 days ago

    This turned out great! And I love the added color to the face to give it dimension :)

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    Lina Maria
    Lina Maria

    Reply 9 days ago

    Thank you very much!!! :) I am glad you liked it :)

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    M.C. Langer
    M.C. Langer

    9 days ago

    I love those pumpkins! Amazing job as usual! :-)

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    Lina Maria
    Lina Maria

    Reply 9 days ago

    ow! 🥰 ... Thank you very much :)