Papier-Mâché Jack-O-Lantern

7-10 year olds | two hours

Forget rotting pumpkins. The answer is a papier-mâché jack-o-lantern. You'll have so much fun making it that you might not even want the real thing!

What You'll Need

  • Round balloon
  • Newspaper
  • Flour-water glue
  • Pan and stirrer
  • Scissors
  • Orange and green tempera paint
  • Paint brush
  • Black marker
  • Glue


  1. Blow up and tie a balloon.
  2. Dip scraps of newspaper into flour-water glue.
  3. Cover the entire balloon with the dipped scraps. Do at least three layers, and after each layer allow it to dry overnight.
  4. Make a small ball to form the stalk of the pumpkin and stick it to the top.
  5. Pop the balloon and throw it away.
  6. Place the jack-o-lantern on a slightly damp cloth or sponge. This will make the bottom soften slightly so that it can sit flat on a surface.
  7. Paint the jack-o-lantern orange (the stalk should be green) and let it dry.
  8. Cut or draw the eyes, nose and mouth.
  9. Enjoy your papier-mâché jack-o-lantern!

Do not place a light inside the jack-o-lantern as it is highly flammable!

Tags: papier mache, model making

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