Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Sick Day / Halloween Preparations
So my pumpkin patch failed epically. All the babies died in our summer heat. Maybe next year.
Consequently, I have to decorate for Halloween without the benefit of a pumpkin patch yielding gourds of all shapes and sizes. I shopped but, on a budget, these craft stores--and even Big Lots!--want so much for everything. So it's back to basics--do it yourself or don't bother.
And then Rick gave me his flu, so I was stuck home today and the Hallmark channel wasn't cutting it. I paper mache'd. Or papier mache'd, if you want to sound like a snobby Gallic artist. Point is: Martha Stewart would never be this creative on a sick day.
Paper Mache Pumpkins
Stage 1 Get messy with balloons and paper, flour, and water
Dip the newspaper pieces, use your fingers like a scizzors to squish off the excess, and stick to a balloon. I read advice about what direction to lay the paper, but there's no rules. Just stick it to the balloon and do it again.
Tomorrow I'll either have to re-layer or paint them!