Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Paper Mach'e Vintage Looking Jack 'o lanterns

Here are some fellas to inspire you!

Old newspapers torn into 1" to 2" strips ( by tearing instead of cutting you will not get as many rough edges)
For the paste:
2 cups water
1 cup flour
½ cup white glue
A balloon for each one you want to make
Acrylic paint- color you wish you pumpkin to be
White tissue paper and markers for face
Sponge brush and other paint brushes for details
Exacto knife
Wire for handles

Inflate your balloon to the desired size you wish your jack-o-lantern to be and tie a string at the mouth piece this is so you can hang it up to let it dry
Mix the water, flour and white glue to make a paste and then dip your newspaper scraps into it. Remove the excess paste by running the scrap through your fingers.
Cover the ballon entirely with these scraps for two to three layers.
When completely covered hang up by the string until completely dry
When the paper mache is completely dry pop the balloon. It will shrivel up and pull away from the paper mache. To make the jack o lantern stand up crush in the bottom
With and exacto knife cut a circle at the top for the opening
Draw and face on the jack o lantern and then cut with an exacto knife
Paint the jack-o-lantern with acrylic paint the traditional old ones are orange on the outside and yellow on the inside. If you wish it to look older after the paint dries antique with some brown shoe polish.
Caution do not use real candles in these they are highly inflammable...but LED lights would work well!

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