The family and I had a little weekend adventure to our local pumpkin patch this past Saturday....we all had so much fun! Hayrides, train rides, donkey rides (yes, you read that right) slides, corn mazes, ice cream, popcorn and pumpkin picking...... what a great day it was!
I would love to share pictures of our fun day but guess what???
(we forgot to pack the camera....at least all of our children were accounted for, right?)
So instead of pumpkin patch pictures how about painted pumpkins made from recycled newspaper
Here's what you will need:
Start by shredding newspaper into small pieces. You can use a paper shredder or, if you have a couple of helpers like I have, you can have them tear it into small pieces for you :) Put all the paper pieces into a large stock pot
Next, cover the newspaper with enough boiling water just to cover. Let it sit for about an hour and stir to help break it down
Once your newspaper has turned to mush (very technical, huh?) drain off the water. Add glue to the paper until it starts to stick together
Now, you can start shaping...squeeze off any remaining water as you shape until you get something that looks like this....
You will need to let your little creation dry for a few days....I am very impatient so this was the hardest part of the project for me!
When they are all dry you can paint them up using acrylic paint. I used Mod Podge after the paint was dry to seal them and give them a glossy look
Despite being worried that they would turn out to look like giant spit balls, I love them!
What would you sculpt with recycled newspaper? I would love to hear what you think because I'll be trying this little project again for sure!