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How To: Pumpkin Beast


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The Pumpkins Beast was a last minute addition to our 2008 display created from a plastic grocery bag, rolled newspaper and three different papier mache recipes and techniques.


The skull was made from a plastic grocery bag filled with crumpled newspaper then layered with strips of papier mache. Cardboard templates were used to create the facial structure and jaw. The features were sculpted with two different homemade papier mache clays.

The body was assembled from newspaper rolled into tubes. The entire body received layers of strip mache and homemade papier mache clay. Paper towel soaked in papier mache paste was draped over the shoulders and ribs to create an organic fleshy appearance.