If you have been reading my blog for a while you know I have a huge passion for Paper Mache crafts. I actually always ask my kids if they are up to creating something new and fun – needless to say the answer is always yes! Getting your finger messy and sticky with homemade mod podge is almost every kid’s idea of a fun craft time. These Paper Mache Pumpkins are no different – super creative fun and lots of creativity!
Since we are only a few weeks away from Fall I have come up with idea of creating Paper Mache pumpkins for our home.
They really are so much easier than they look.
These Paper Mache pumpkins are an inexpensive, simple DIY craft!
I have created our Paper Mache pumpkins with orange and green tissue paper, but you really can use any paper and color it orange and green.
Tissue Paper gives it a softer and more delicate look, whereas paper or newspaper makes it look more robust – but just as pretty.
The most important things about this craft is the shape of the pumpkin – but no worries – don’t fret!
It’s too easy!
Here is what you need: plastic bags, size small or super market bags rubber bands 8-10 tissue paper, orange and green school glue scotch tape a small bowl (for the glue mixture)
Create your own mod page by diluting school glue with 1/3 cup of water in a small little bowl. Mix well.
Take a small plastic bags and fill it with 3 -4 other bags (depending on the size of your pumpkin. I only used 2 for the small pumpkin)
After you stuffed the bag, twist the top end of the back. Keep twisting until the twist represents a stem.
Wrap a rubber band on the bottom of them stem, to secure it tight.
Take scotch and wrap it around the stem, so the stem is nice and tight.
Now we need to recreate the shape of a pumpkin by wrapping around 2-3 rubber around the stuffed bottom ball.
You can see how the stuffed bag ball is now representing a pumpkin.
Cut the tissue paper into 1 – 2 inch squares.
Dip it into your homemade Mod Podge and start layering the your pumpkin.
Orange tissue on the bottom and green along the top for the stem.
If you use tissue paper you need to make 2 layers of paper.
I recommend letting the first layer dry a bit before proceeding with the second layer.
After you applied the second layer you let your pumpkin dry for at least 24 hours, but I recommend 2 days.
Your fully dried pumpkin is now ready for display.
I usually take the stuffing out of my Paper Mache creations, but with these pumpkins you really don’t need to go through all of that.
Another plus is, that by leaving the stuffing in the pumpkin hold up its shape