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Senior Crafting: Papier Mache Pumpkins

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Make a fun papier mache craft with your grandchildren.
Halloween is around the corner and you might have some little ghouls and goblins who want to make a special project with Grandma.  Smile Senior Care thinks you and your precious grandchildren will enjoy this project and spending quality time together.  Your home care aide might want to get in on the fun, too!

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 It

1. Download the free face pattern(s) of your choice and the leaf pattern; set aside.

2. Blow up a balloon and tie it off.

3. Dip strips of orange tissue paper in water-thinned Mod Podge decoupage medium. Wrap the strips around the balloon until it’s covered.

4. When the strips have dried, pop the balloon with a pin and discard the balloon.

5. Cut out the face pattern pieces and trace them onto black paper. Cut out and hot-glue them to the pumpkin.

6. Twist a piece of black paper into a stem and hot-glue it to the top of the pumpkin.

7. 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.

8. Cut two leaves and hot-glue them to both ends of a 1/2-inch-wide strip of black paper; wrap the strips around the stem and hot-glue into place.

*Craft from Better Homes and Gardens

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