Skip the pumpkin patch and handcraft your own smiling jack-o'-lanterns this Halloween. Don't know how to paper mache? This is the perfect paper mache craft to learn on.

June 09, 2015

What You'll Need

  • Balloon (for each pumpkin)
  • Orange tissue paper, cut into strips
  • Mod Podge decoupage medium and water
  • Straight pin
  • Black paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hot-glue gun and hotmelt adhesive
  • Optional: Urn, vase, or flowerpot to display pumpkin

Download face pattern 1.

Download face pattern 2.

Download face pattern 3.

Download pumpkin leaf pattern.

How to Make a Paper Mache Pumpkin

How to Paper Mache

Download one of our free face patterns and the leaf pattern below, then set aside. To begin the paper mache process, you need a structure to form the paper on. For this pumpkin craft, we used a balloon. Blow up the balloon and tie off the end. Water down Mod Podge decoupage until it becomes easy to stir (we used about a 2:1 ratio of decoupage to water). Dip strips of orange tissue paper in the water-thinned decoupage until the strips are fully coated, then wrap the strips around the balloon until it's completely covered. Leave a small area at the bottom uncovered; you'll need this to remove the balloon later. Leave to dry.

Finish the Pumpkin Craft

When the strips have dried, pop the balloon with a pin through the hole in the bottom, and pull out the balloon.

Cut out the face pattern pieces you downloaded for free and trace them onto black paper. Cut out and hot-glue them to the pumpkin shape. To make a stem, twist a piece of black paper and hot-glue it to the top of the pumpkin.

Next, fold a piece of black paper in half. Trace the leaf pattern onto the paper with the dashed edge of the pattern aligned with the folded edge of the paper. Cut out the leaf shape and cut along the traced slit lines. Unfold the leaf. Cut two leaves and hot-glue them to both ends of a 1/2-inch-wide strip of black paper; wrap the strip around the stem and hot-glue into place.


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