I think Halloween has always been one of my favourite times of the year. When I was a child, I always looked forward to dressing up and going trick-or-treating with my friends. Now I am a mother I get just as excited about it because I get to dress Molly up. Though I must say, the choice of costumes available these days is a lot better than it was back in my day – there’s not a black bin bag in sight! The decorations are amazing now too!
With the big day looming, we decided to attempt to make our own Paper Mache Halloween Decorations.
- Flour and Water / PVA Glue and Water / Wallpaper Adhesive
- Paint and paint brushes
- Plastic bowl or similar (for mache mix) and spoon
- Plastic cup
- Masking tape
- Cotton wool balls
- Pipe cleaners
- Faux candles
- Craft knife
- Make up your paper mache mix in a bowl using one of the below methods:
- Flour and Water – mix equal parts of flour and water together until the mixture is smooth. Add more flour/water depending on the consistency you want.
- PVA Glue and Water – mix about ¾ of a cup of PVA glue with ¼ of a cup of water. Again add more glue/water depending on the consistency
- Wallpaper adhesive – mix according to the manufacturer’s instructions on the packet
- Cut paper into strips.
- Blow up your balloons.
- If you want to secure the balloon in place to make it easier to apply the paper you could sit the balloon in a plastic cup. Secure the balloon in place with masking tape. This is really useful if you are getting the kids involved.
- Individually dip the paper strips into your mache mix and apply to the balloon until complete.
- Set aside to dry for a few hours. I gave mine a couple of days because they were quite soggy.
- Once it is completely dry, pop the balloon inside with a pin. It should slide away from the shell on its own but if it doesn’t just gently pull it away from the sides.
- Now it’s time to get to work on your creation:
- If you are cutting shapes into the shell I would suggest using a craft knife, purely because it is easier than using scissors.
- Sketch your design onto the shell
- Paint it
- Once you have finished painting it, set it aside to dry.
- Once dry, add any embellishments etc you wish to use.
- That’s it! All complete.
Our Paper Mache Halloween Decorations
We made a pumpkin, a spider and a ghost for our decorations.
We bought some faux candles to sit inside each creation too.
The spider and ghost didn’t turn out exactly as we had planned but Molly adores them anyway, especially the spider. She keeps hugging and kissing it! Next time we make something like this I think we will paint the inside as well as the outside.
We did intend to make a bucket with wire through it as a handle too but ran out of time. Maybe next year we will do that…
If you like crafting and the Halloween theme, why not check out these Halloween paper plates we made the other day.
Happy Halloween all!