Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Recycled Newspaper Pumpkins....

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:
acrylic paint
Mod Podge

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!

linked to:

Passionately Artistic

DIY under $5


  1. you are so creative! i love this little project and i don't have to worry about my pumpkins becoming moldy!

  2. Oh, I really like these little pumpkins! Creative & super cute!

  3. such a good idea! thanks for posting!

  4. "Spit balls"...LOL! I think they are just adorable Carmella and I am love this idea. :-) Thanks so much for sharing it at Inspiration Friday this week!

  5. What a wonderful idea. I like such projects that include very little or no buying stuff from stores. Will definitely try it out. Thanks for sharing, Carmella. Pinning it.

  6. Such a great idea, friend!! I am so impressed with how they turned out...you got them shaped so well! I'm afraid mine would be funny looking blobs, but look at yours! Wowiee! Oh, and I love your new header and buttons too! I like how your blog has the same feel just a bit of an update...they look fabulous!


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