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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Samhain Party Crafts

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Over the last couple of days I have talked about games and then recipes for your Samhain party. So today I wanted to share a small craft that I found. These specific instructions are for making a bowl that looks like Frankenstein. With a little craftiness and construction paper you could make this look like a jack-o-lantern instead. Or almost anything that your imagination can conceive of.


Large Balloon
35mm Wiggle Eyes
Large Neon Green Pompoms
Two Bolts
Broad Black Marker
Bright Green and Black Paint
One Large Bowl
One Small/Medium Bowl
Low Temp Glue Gun


Blow up a balloon and set it inside a tight bowl to hold it upright.
Mix one part flour with two parts water. Mix thoroughly. Your solution should be the consistency of wall paper paste. Add more water or flour if necessary.
Tear paper into 1-1/2" strips and dip them into the paste. Run a strip between two fingers to get off excess paste. Lay the strip on the balloon, smoothing it out. Continue until the top half of the balloon is covered with two or three layers. Let dry overnight.

Mix up another batch of paper mache. Turn the balloon over and cover the bottom half of the balloon with two or three layers. Let dry overnight.
Cut off the tied end to deflate balloon. Pull it out and discard. Cut off the bottom of the balloon all around to create a base for the bowl to sit on. Cut a circle out of a piece of cardboard and hot glue it inside the bottom of the bowl. Cut the top off. Poke a hole in each side of the "neck" for bolts. Paint Green. Let dry.

Paint a fringe in black along the top of the bowl for hair. Glue on eyes and nose. Draw on mouth. Push bolts into the neck holes, securing with hot glue. Fill with bags of candy.

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