Mum uses bags of rubbish to create spooky pumpkins for Halloween
Halloween will certainly look a little different this year thanks to Covid-19, but one mum is determined not to let that spoil her fun.
Mum-of-two Wahida Ager, 36, threw her son a Halloween birthday party and brought the spooky spirit with giant pumpkins, made from rubbish bags.
The mum, from Southampton, stuffed the bags full of old newspapers and bills, before tying them up and paper-mâchéing the bags.
To finish off, Wahida painted them orange to give them the pumpkin effect.
The decorative pumpkins cost Wahida just £5 to make and were fun for the whole family to create together.
Wahida told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: ‘I had the idea to make a pumpkin out of paper-mâché, and thought of what materials would be the best to put the pumpkin together.
‘I did a bit of research and looked around on YouTube and other sites but there were not a lot of examples.
‘I finally came across a video where a woman made a little pumpkin from tin foil and paper-mâché. This is when I thought “why not try to make a large one?”
‘Of course, I needed to make sure this was lightweight and easy to dispose of.’
Wahida said the project doesn’t just look great, it’s also a fun activity for the family.
She added: ‘Creating this was very fun and easy! I used a simple bin bag stuffed with old wrapping papers, old bills, and newspapers that I had lying around.
‘I would definitely not recommend using materials like clothing or plastics to fill the bag as you will not be able to mould the perfect pumpkin shape or you might find it slightly heavier to move it about.
‘You can use any strong large bag depending on how big you would like the pumpkin to be. ‘
To make the pumpkins yourself, stuff the bag with lots of papers, wrapping paper, shredded papers, newspaper, or any other recyclable papers.
Once the bag is stuffed and secured tightly, go round it with tape making the shape of a pumpkin.
Wahida explained: ‘Use the tip of the bag and tape it using foil – this will help you mould it into a pumpkin stem.
‘Mix PVA glue with tissue paper and fully cover your pumpkin all around. Keep it in a warm and dry place allowing it time to dry.
‘Then use any chosen colour paint or spray can. Once the paint is dry, you can finish the pumpkin with your choice of decorative materials.’
Wahida also said you can finish the look with anything you like, whether glitter or scary spiders.
‘The paper-mâché was messy but so much fun when doing this with the family,’ she adds.
‘Using simple PVA glue with tissue paper or toilet roll is an easy option. Bear in mind this might take up to two days to dry all around, then follow up with normal art and crafts paint or a spray can.
‘Finishing the pumpkin is entirely up to you! You could create this with your own desired ideas with bright colours, glitters, ribbons, gemstones or even stick-on spiders for a creepy finish.
‘I was amazed at how realistic it turned out to look – my son loved every part of it!
‘He has been waking up every morning before school to check up on the pumpkin progress!’
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