How to Make a Pumpkin Sweet Bowl

Want something a little spookier to store your Halloween treats and sweets in? Well, here is an easy and affordable way to make a Halloween sweet bowl that looks like a pumpkin! It can be used for storing sweets or bags of sweets for a lucky dip that's sure to delight everyone who comes to your spooky party.

Steps

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    Blow up a large, round balloon and knot it closed.
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    Place the knotted end in a bowl.
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    Tear some newspaper into thin, even strips.
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    Dilute some PVA glue with a little bit of water.
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    Using the papier-mâché technique, cover the entire balloon going in one direction.
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    Wait for the first layer to dry.
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    Repeat the paper-mâché all the way around the balloon, but change direction. That is, if you went horizontally the first time go vertically this time.
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    Let it dry, then repeat, alternating directions. Keep repeating this technique until you have covered the balloon with 8 or 9 layers of paper-mâché to make it strong.
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    Once it has dried, take it out of the bowl.
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    Stick a pin or another sharp, thin object through the outside shell of papier-mâché to pierce the balloon inside.
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    Use some sharp scissors to cut off the top where the balloon's knot used to be, leaving a hole.
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    Let it your creation continue to dry thoroughly inside, if it hasn't already, before proceeding.
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    Cut out eyes, nose and mouth of any desired shape, just as you would do with a real carved pumpkin real pumpkin. Have fun making a scary design.
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    Paint it any colour you want. If you are a talented artist, you can include shading where it should be. Paint it inside and out. Let the pumpkin dry thoroughly.
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    Varnish the outside to make it look shiny. Alternatively, go for something a little cheaper and cover it with some PVA glue. Coat the inside and outside. The glue will dry clear.
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    Make sure the glue or varnish is thoroughly dry. Then, line the pumpkin with a plastic bag and staple the plastic bag to the rim.
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    Fill the bowl with sweets and have fun showing it off to your trick-or-treaters, coworkers, or party guests.
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    Finished.

Tips

  • Hang it up just for decoration.
  • You can fill the bag with jelly or colored water to make a gory lucky dip!
  • Use it to deliver sweets to trick-or-treaters at your door.
  • Poster or acrylic paint works best.

Warnings

  • Do not use it for a candle! it is not a Jack-o-lantern! If you'd like a light inside, use a small LED or flashlight and make sure it doesn't get hot.
  • Be careful when using sharp scissors.
  • Keep plastic bags away from small children.

Things You'll Need

  • A large, round balloon
  • Scissors and/or craft knife
  • PVA glue
  • Poster or acrylic paints
  • Newspaper
  • Plastic bag
  • Halloween treats. For spookiness, try jelly worms, candy eyes, etc.

Article Info

Categories: Halloween Food & Treats