Papier mache Jack-o’-lantern
What you need:
- A round balloon
- Newspaper, torn into 3cm strips about 20cm long
- Flour and water – to make glue
- A pan or tray
- Orange paint
- Scissors or craft knife
- Black permanent marker
Number of players:
First, make your papier mache glue: mix ½ cup of flour into ½ cup of water until the mixture is thin and runny.
For a smoother consistency, stir glue mixture into 2 cups of boiling water in a saucepan, and simmer for 3 minutes.
Let the glue cool before using, and then pour into a tray or flat pan.
Blow up a balloon and place the tied end into a bowl or container to keep it steady.
Dip a strip of newspaper in the glue tray, wipe off the excess glue, and wrap the strip around the balloon.
Repeat overlapping your newspaper strips until the balloon is covered in a layer of newspaper down to the balloon tie.
Leave the balloon tie exposed.
Allow to dry overnight and repeat this process twice more, until you have 3 layers of papier-mache around your balloon.
Allow the balloon to dry completely before painting.
Once dry pop the balloon inside your papier-mache shell, remove and discard the balloon.
To make your Jack-o’-lantern sit flat on a surface, place a damp cloth or sponge on the area that will be the base, until it softens slightly (this can take a few hours).
When it is slightly soft, carefully push the bottom in slightly, making an indentation.
This will allow your Jack-o’-lantern to sit flat on a table.
You may like to cut a hole in the top of your Jack-o’-lantern at this point – so you can fill it with treats when it’s finished!
Now’s the time to paint your creation – grab your orange paint and go for it.
Allow to dry.
Eyes, nose and mouth: Younger children can use a marker to draw on the Jack-o’-lantern’s face.
Older kids may be capable of using a craft knife to cut out the facial features of their creation – but be sure an adult is ready to help!
Your papier-mache Jack-o’-lantern is now ready to decorate your front porch or table!
- Papier-mache is extremely flammable, and is not intended for use with candles or other flammable paraphernalia.
- You may like to place a small battery-operated light inside your Jack-o’-lantern – just watch it doesn’t become hot. Remove it immediately if you notice any heat – this can be a fire risk.