Happy Monday and hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! The project I thought I was going to share with you today is not quite ready for prime time. I think I had a little too much fun with my Halloween Oreos – if you missed them, those little holiday cuties are worth a look! Never fear, my Halloween loving friends, I have many (too many!) holiday projects that I hope will inspire you. We have real pumpkins, foam pumpkins and today – a paper mache pumpkin & witch hat. Sparkly and cute by day, this pumpkin perhaps takes on a bit of sinister air come nightfall, aglow with battery operated tea lights and a bewitching vibe!
Paper mache pieces can be transformed in so many different ways. This pumpkin started out as a plain, brown paper mache pumpkin bucket. I gave it several coats of orange paint. Once dry, I coated the entire surface with Martha Stewart’s Glitter Glue and lots, lots, lots of orange glitter. I’m pretty sure I was as glittery as the pumpkin for days and now that I think about it, this MAY have been when my vacuum cleaner exploded. Not sure, but when it died, it went down with a mighty impressive BOOM and dark, glittery clouds of smoke! After the glitter bomb fiasco, it was back to work! I outlined the eyes, nose and mouth with black Stickles.
Once the glitter was dry – though does glitter ever truly stop spreading its sparkly self? – I cut a piece of open weave burlap and added it to the inside to cover the nose, mouth and eyes and then backed the burlap with pieces of parchment paper. This was for effect when electric lights are added to the inside!
This pumpkin was cute…but needed something on its open head. Yes, another witch hat that I really wish fit me! Oh, I’ve tried to get this baby to stay on my head, trust me! 🙂 I love this paper mache witch hat! After painting it black, I cut pieces from a Halloween themed piece of scrapbook paper and glued them around the hat cone and the crown. Some Halloween themed epoxy embellishments, dots of black Stickles and a dash of black maribou around the brim with a big puff on top were added. I put a few twisted pieces of wire on the top as a final touch.
The hat sits on top of the pumpkin perfectly and looks cute and innocent by day. I put a few battery operated tea lights inside and light it up when the sun goes down. Not quite as innocent looking, now! 🙂
Last year, the weather was nice for Halloween and I put this outside with the pumpkins. All of our little trick or treaters just loved it! Fingers crossed that the weather holds out this year! Just 17 days until Halloween! There is still plenty of time to get your craft on and make something awesome to add to your Halloween décor! I’ve got a few more sweet and spooky tricks up my sleeve to share with you. I’d love to hear about the Halloween projects, décor and goodies you are making!
Thank you so much for visiting and hope your day has a little sparkle – it’s Monday, we need all the sparkle we can get!