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How to make a paper mache pumpkin

If you've not got time to carve a real pumpkin this Halloween, why not get the whole family involved with decoupaging a paper mache one instead?

Decoupgaing is super easy to do and you can let you imagination run riot with how you want to personalise your pumpkin. Keep things simple using patterned decorative paper, or use glitter glue, gem embellishments or stickers to make your pumpkin stand out.

 pape mache pumpkin


Suitable for: Beginners

Time to allow: one hour plus drying time

You'll need:

  • Mache pumpkin
  • Decorative paper
  • Decopatch glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors (optional)
  • LED tea light (optional)


How to make

  1. Start by cutting or ripping up your decorative paper into strips or any shape of your choice
  2. Spread some glue onto the pumpkin then use the brush to pick up and position a piece of paper on top of the pumpkin. Add more glue to the paper to fix it in place
  3. Continue to do this until the whole pumpkin has been covered
  4. Leave to dry
  5. For an extra spooky looking pumpkin you could pop an LED tea light inside – do not use a naked flame




Last updated: over 3 years ago