Greet trick-or-treaters with illuminated paper-mache lights that you can hang by LeAnn Zimmerman-Martinez - Musely
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Greet trick-or-treaters with illuminated paper-mache lights that you can hang

posted in Family & Kids > Kids Activities
09/13/2015
  • TOOLS
    scissors
    paintbrush

  • MATERIALS
    30 to 40 small balloons
    1 packet of basket coffee filters
    1 4-oz. bottle of white glue
    30 to 40 4-inch glow sticks
    string
    bamboo skewer

  • Step 1
Mix the Paste
Inflate the balloons to about 4 to 6 inches. Set aside. Prepare paper-mache paste by mixing white glue and water (4 parts glue to 1 part water) in a container until well combined and paste is of smooth consistency.
    Step 1
    Mix the Paste
    Inflate the balloons to about 4 to 6 inches. Set aside. Prepare paper-mache paste by mixing white glue and water (4 parts glue to 1 part water) in a container until well combined and paste is of smooth consistency.
  • Step 2
Cut Power
Cut the coffee filters in quarters.
    Step 2
    Cut Power
    Cut the coffee filters in quarters.
  • Step 3
Cover Balloons
Brush a thin layer of paper-mache paste on both sides of filter and attach it to the balloon.
    Step 3
    Cover Balloons
    Brush a thin layer of paper-mache paste on both sides of filter and attach it to the balloon.
  • Step 4
Multiple Layers
Cover each balloon with four layers of coffee filters.
    Step 4
    Multiple Layers
    Cover each balloon with four layers of coffee filters.
  • STEP 5

Hang to Dry
Repeat until all the remaining balloons are covered. Tie balloons to a string spacing them at least 5 inches apart and hang to dry overnight.
    STEP 5

    Hang to Dry
    Repeat until all the remaining balloons are covered. Tie balloons to a string spacing them at least 5 inches apart and hang to dry overnight.

  • When the paper mache is completely dry, cut off the tops where the balloons are knotted. This should pop the balloon. Poke the skewer through the neck of pod near the opening so you have two holes on each side. Thread string through the holes and tie a knot. Cont. to next page. --->>>

    When the paper mache is completely dry, cut off the tops where the balloons are knotted. This should pop the balloon. Poke the skewer through the neck of pod near the opening so you have two holes on each side. Thread string through the holes and tie a knot. Cont. to next page. --->>>
  • Hang the pods from a porch or a tree. Vary the heights of the pods in clusters. Crack and shake glow sticks and slip them in each pod.

  • Finished.  :))))
    Finished. :))))

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