Tissue-Paper-Mache Gourds

This isn't extremely Halloweenie, but a fun project nonetheless ;)  I followed (sorta) Martha Stewart's instructions to make this tissue paper mache pumpkin.  Basically, you use a balloon as a form, layer tissue paper with diluted Mod Podge, and let dry overnight. 

Pop the balloon and remove.  Martha used her's as votive holders, if I remember correctly... I'm going off memory, so I'm sure I left some info out ;)  Let's just say, it would be WAY freakin' easier to do this project with two people... it took forever on my own, and it was probably messier, too.

I punched a flower and cut it apart to use as leaves and rolled up some kraft packing paper and glued it for a stem.  A little Scrapper's Floss for the stem tendrils... perfect touch!

I modified it a little and TRIED to create one of the striped green gourds.  I'm not sure how it's workin'.  To do this one, I under-inflated one of those long skinny balloons... it was trickier to remove it after it all dried, but I got it!

After I let them dry another day without the balloons, I cut larger holes so I could insert wrapped candy inside (Halloween peanut butter kisses).  After I filled the gourd, I glued a punched flower to the bottom to help it stand up a little.  For the pumpkin, I gathered the hole and glued it shut along with the leaves & stem.

These took a while, but maybe if you got an assembly line workin' it would be worth doing several!

Stamps:  More Bone Appetit (TAC special... ask me for more details!)
Paper:  tissue paper, kraft & Bazzill cardstock
Ink:  Burnt Umber Palette
Other:  Copper Hardware (TAC), Scrapper's Floss

What do you think?


Patti J. said…
I think you are amazing!
Danni said…
You are so creative! Awesome!
Unknown said…
These are a hoot! How fun!
Anonymous said…
Barb - these are just stinky cute!!! rita w
Suzanne said…
Super cute!!!
LadybugSue said…
Really very cute, great job!!
Michelle said…
I think I like it and that you should just make me a pumpkin cause you like me :o)

oh..... wait for it.... A-W-E-SOME creation!!!
Joan B said…
perfect!! these are gorgeous.
Chris said…
I just made a couple fabric pumpkins for another challenge and thought of you. they're really easy to make and I posted the directions on my blog if you're interested.

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