Saturday, 3 November 2012

Make Your Own World | Halloween Papier-Mâché Decorations

Halloween may officially be over, but there’s still time to party! And what better way to celebrate than to make your own papier-mâché decorations. It doesn’t have to get too technical and some really groovy decorations can come about in this way. My boyfriend and I also found that it was a really fun way to spend an afternoon.
 
Ma Bicyclette: Make Your Own World | Halloween Papier-Mâché Decorations

First let’s talk about what you’ll need.
We used -
Balloons
Marker pens
Lots of newspaper or coloured tissue paper
PVA glue
Poster paint
Card
Sticky Tape
If you’re thinking of making any creepy crawly creatures, then maybe some pipe cleaners would come in useful.

Ma Bicyclette: Make Your Own World | Halloween Papier-Mâché Decorations

Now, what are you going to make? We decided on creepy sweet bowls – the perfect handmade touch for any Halloween party! Character-wise, we chose the classic pumpkin and cat. I think for this type of thing, the simpler the better.

1. Decide on the kind of design you want, sketching it out on paper first could be useful. We got right into it by blowing up our balloons to the desired size and, using a marker pen, we carefully marked out where we would cover with paper – to make our decorations into useable bowls, a big enough gap would have to be left uncovered so that it could be filled with treats. Our cat also needed ears; for these, card and sticky tape did the trick.

2. Next comes the fun bit; papier-mâché. Before we got into covering our balloons, we made our very own papier-mâché paste consisting of 2 parts PVA glue and 1 part water. Using torn up newspaper that had been dipped into the paste, we covered our balloons. A good tip is to not over soak the paper in the paste, too much of this will take longer to dry. Three layers of newspaper seemed to do the trick. If you are short on time, then use coloured tissue paper rather than newspaper to save on time you'd spend painting!

3. Once covered, leave until completely dry. The amount of time needed for this can vary – we left ours overnight.

Ma Bicyclette: Make Your Own World | Halloween Papier-Mâché Decorations

4. The next step is my favourite – time to paint! If you are short on time, then using coloured tissue paper rather than newspaper could be an option but there’s something therapeutic about painting so that’s what we went for. We left the balloons intact whilst we painted as it made the job a little easier. Depending on the type of paint used, a few coats may be needed.

5. Once the paint is dry, it’s time to face the scary bit – popping the balloon! Once popped, if all goes to plan, your character should keep the shape. And after this, it’s time to bring your characters to life!

6. For the pumpkin, we gave definition by painting stripes using a darker shade of orange and painted simple triangle shapes for the eyes and nose. We then attached some green tissue paper to the opening left by the balloon at the top which worked well as a stalk.
The cat took a bit more time. We painted white triangles on each ear to add depth, and stuck on carefully cut shapes to add eyes, teeth and nostrils. The final touch was to use pipe cleaners for whiskers. These were attached by piercing a small hole on both cheeks and feeding them through.

7. Last but not least, we filled the inside of our spooky friends with coloured tissue paper – alternatively you could paint the inside although this would mean more drying time.

Ma Bicyclette: Make Your Own World | Halloween Papier-Mâché Decorations

8. All that’s left to do now is fill your funky bowls with treats and enjoy your party!
If this has given you a taste for papier-mâché crafts, then here are some other fun Halloween ideas that I found…..

Ma Bicyclette: Make Your Own World | Halloween Papier-Mâché Decorations

Happy Halloween
Rachel
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1 comment:

  1. Love your black cat! Isn't paper mache great?

    Cheers,
    Messy

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