How to Make a Paper Mache Pumpkin


Whether you're decorating for fall of for Halloween, these pumpkins make a perfect addition to your decor. They look so real, everyone will have to go and touch them to make sure. You can make them as part of a centerpiece or as an arrangement by themselves. You can also make them any size you choose. Make one large or many small pumpkins--it's all up to you. This project makes a great gift for kids to give to their teachers.

Make a Paper Mache Pumpkin

Things You'll Need

  • Raffia
  • String
  • White Paste
  • Craft Glue
  • Balloon
  • Artificial Green Leaves
  • Toilet Paper Roller
  • Newspaper
  • Masking Tape

Mix paper mache paste by adding one part water to three parts white glue. Tear or cut newspaper into 1-by-3 inch strips. Blow up a balloon or balloons to the size you want your pumpkins to be.

Tie string around the balloon to pull sections in and make it look like a pumpkin. Tear a toilet paper roller in half on an angle and squish it together. Tape it to the top of the balloon.

Dip the strips of newspaper in the paste and place on the balloon. Cover the entire balloon and roller with two coats of paper mache. Let it dry overnight or longer if you live in a humid climate. After it's dry, place on a third coat and let dry again.

Paint the pumpkin orange and use a light brown in the indents. Paint the stem light brown. If you want them to look fancy, dust them with a fine glitter. Allow the paint to dry for about an hour.

Glue some artificial green leaves to the top at the base of the stem. Tie some raffia around the stem and let it drape down the sides of the pumpkin.