Papier-Mache Candy Container

Make a vintage-style papier-mache candy container to decorate your party table, mantel, or bookshelf.

What You Need

  • 4-inch-diameter peat pot
  • Celluclay instant papier-mache
  • Thin palette knife
  • Parchment paper
  • Sandpaper
  • Acrylic paints: black, brown, cream, orange, and yellow
  • Orange chenille stem

How to Make It

1. Mix the papier-mache following the manufacturer's instructions. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2. With a pencil, draw the ear shapes on the pot. Trim the pot with scissors, cutting around the ears.

3. Apply a 1/2-inch layer of papier-mache to all outside pot surfaces, smoothing it as you go. Use a palette knife to smooth over the top edges and the ears.

4. With a sharp object, poke hanging holes on each side of the pot.

5. Bake the pot in an oven at a low setting for an hour or until hardened. Remove the pot from the oven; leave it on the cookie sheet until cool.

6. Add an inside layer of papier-mache to the pot's inside walls. Smooth the surfaces and again poke a sharp object through the hanging holes.

7. Place the pot in the oven at low heat for less than an hour. Allow to cool, and sand all surfaces.

8. Paint all surfaces with orange. Let the paint dry, and apply an uneven coat of black paint to the outside surfaces, letting some of the orange paint show through.

9. Referring to the photo, paint the facial features, using a thin brush to add the details.

10. Create an aged patina by mixing a small amount of brown with water. Apply this mixture to the surfaces. Attach the chenille stem for a handle.


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