I know what you’re thinking, what are you doing talking about Halloween in July, right? Well, we LOVE Halloween and it takes time for us to prepare anything new for our Home Haunt, so we have to start early.
Paper Mache projects take a lot of time, with all the layers you need to attach, and with each layer, you need to do a lot of waiting to make sure each layer dries thoroughly before the next one is placed.
To start making a paper mache pumpkin, you can use whatever form you want, but I start usually with a large bag and fill it up with balled up newspaper or any other filling you can find. Then, once the form is made, I take string and pull it up along the sides to make those nice indents along the sides of the pumpkin. Next, you need to decide on how you are going to create the stem. Sometimes, I just tie up the top of the bag for the stem and paper mache over it, other times, I take some newspaper and wrap it around a piece of wire so I can bend the stem in a funky shape.
I am currently working on a Haunted Fireplace for us to use either in the house as a decoration, or we can use it outside on Halloween night for another prop. I am planning on setting some of my paper mache pumpkins on top of the mantel of the fireplace when I am done for a nice effect.
The one thing that I will need to work on and figure out how to do this, is to create a fake fire for the fireplace. I have seen some neat effects of people using an old wire garbage can, a small fan, some red & orange lights, and some pieces of material. The concept of this is to place the fan in the bottom of the garbage can so it blows upward and “moves” the pieces of material cut into flame shapes while the red and orange lights create the color of fire. We’ll see if I can get this to work, when I get to that point or step in my process, but it surely will be interesting if I can pull this off.
If anyone would love to do some paper mache pumpkins for Halloween and need some help getting started, let me know and I will be more than happy to assist you. I am far from being an expert on this, but with the more items that I make, I am learning some neat tricks along the way.