The possibilities are endless when you play around with Paper Mache. For example, I ran into a little dilemma as I was trying to place my pumpkins in our front windows for display…I had absolutely nothing to put them on. So, you know me, I had to figure out a way to correct this.
For those of you that know us, we sell tons of seasonal items on eBay. (this is our busiest selling season with all of our Halloween props that we have) With that being said, we need boxes, and lots of them, because you just never know what size of box you need to ship your product out. Our local KMart has been quite helpful with providing us with boxes, we keep every box from deliveries to the house, and we even have asked our neighbor to give us all of their boxes too! (thanks Steve!) And, on top of this, I sometimes keep boxes from things that we purchase, just in case I might need them some day….for something.
I started stock-piling some nice perfectly square hard cardboard kitty food boxes and when I saw them, I knew that I could use these to make a little stand for my pumpkins. Then I pulled out two small UPS boxes that I kept from a delivery and thought that they would be perfect for the top/bottom of the stand. Now, I just had to get to work!
All I did was use some masking tape (do not use clear shipping tape) and taped three kitty food boxes together to make a little column, then I taped a UPS box to the top and one again to the bottom. I went over all the seams again with another layer of masking tape to make sure that everything was good and secure. (note: you could also use your hot glue gun to adhere them together too) This was the perfect height for our windows for the paper mache pumpkins to sit on!
Then, I just mixed up some paper mache and went over the entire stand with a few layers and placed it in front of my little heater to dry. Once dry, I took it outside and spray painted the stand all black. Whala! Now, wasn’t that easy? This stand is so cute, that I might even stencil something on it.
The funny thing about this is, that you would never know by looking at it, that this was made from boxes of kitty food! What have you re-purposed lately?