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Old 09-04-2006, 07:29 PM
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Default Paper-Mâché Pumpkins

Supplies needed:
A round balloon
Flour and water
A pan and a stirrer
Either orange tempera paint or orange tissue paper
Paint brush
A black marker

Paper-Mâché Glue (have adults do this part): Make a simple, thin glue from flour and water. Mix 1/2 cup of flour into 1/2 cup of water until the mixture is thin and runny. Stir into 2 cups of boiling water (the heating gives the glue a nice consistency, but is not necessary). Simmer for about 3 minutes, then cool.

Tear a lot of newpaper into strips. Strips should be about 1 inch wide; the length doesn't really matter.

Blow up and tie a long balloon for each student.
Place the long balloon in a container (like a bowl) so that it is stable.

Work on scraps of newspaper.
Dip a strip of paper in the flour glue, wipe off the excess, and wrap the strip around the balloon. Cover the entire top of the balloon.

Have at least three layers surrounding the balloon. Let it dry (at least overnight) after each layer.

Let the paper-mâché balloon dry completely (it may take a few days). Pop the balloon and separates it from the outer paper-mâché skin. Throw the torn balloon away.

To make the jack-o'-lantern sit flat on a surface, place a slightly damp cloth or sponge on the part that will be the bottom until it softens slightly (this takes a few hours). When it is a little soft, push the bottom in, making an indentation. This will allow your pumpkin to sit flat on a table.

If you like, cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin (this lets you put candy in it).

Either paint the pumpkin orange or apply another layer of paper-mâché, using orange tissue paper scraps. Let it dry.

Eyes, Nose and Mouth: Either draw eyes, nose and mouth using black paint or a black marker, or cut them out with a craft knife.
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