It’s my favourite time of year. Everything is covered in cob web and there’s so much spooky stuff on the TV.
As the 31st isn’t too far away I decided to post a quick DIY for you: a papier-mache pumpkin bowl. It’s cool because trick and treaters have to reach into the pumpkin’s mouth to get their treat
Here’s what you’ll need:
Clockwise from the top left:
- A blown up balloon – you’ll probably be able to blow yours up bigger. I have a weird fear of balloons popping in my face
- torn up tissue paper in black
- torn up newspaper
- Orange paint
- PVA glue
- a paintbrush
- a scalpel
- a black marker pen
Step One – first layer of black tissue paper
Water down a big blob of your PVA glue in a container and start painting on the black tissue paper over the balloon. I did two layers and had to wait for the first one to dry. Use a hair dryer if you’re in a rush
Step Two – layer up with newspaper
Once your layers of black tissue paper are dry, begin painting on the newspaper with the glue. Again use the hairdryer if you’re getting impatient. I did three layers of this and then waited until it was dry.
Step Three – pop the balloon and use the orange paint
Once dry, I stuck a needle through the newspaper and popped the balloon. I then painted the newspaper structure in an orange. And again the trusty hairdryer can help speed this up. I had to do two coats until I could no longer see the newspaper.
Step Four – draw the face
Draw a large open mouth shape at the bottom broader end of the balloon shape. I also drew and coloured in two eye shapes and a triangle nose to create the face.
Step Five – cut out the mouth
Use a scalpal to cut out the mouth of the pumpkin. You might need some scissors to get the jagged edges looking crisper.
Step Six – Put some sweets or chocolate inside the pumpkin
Here’s the result of mine below:
I’ve filed up my pumpkin with Cadbury’s Goo Heads but any type of sweet or chocolate will fit. And it’s reusable and refillable.
Have you made anything for Halloween? Link me in the comments.