Today we have a guest post by Jana Manville, a Retired Educator, who made this delightful Haunted Tree. She shows us how it was made, and also gives us a great tip for making paper mache clay faster.
How to Make a Haunted Tree for Halloween
© 2019 Jana Manville
Hello, Jonni and friends!
I love all things paper mache. This year for our table decoration at the CADV (Citizens Against Domestic Violence) Brunch, our organization chose to make a Halloween Theme. I thought a Haunted Tree would be fun.
To begin, I used a piece of PVC, water bottles and 2 x 4s for the infrastructure.
Then I formed the shapes with newspaper and masking tape.
Once I form the details with newspaper and masking tape, I am ready to “frost” the piece with the clay recipe. I used Jonni’s recipe for the Original Paper Mache Clay recipe.
I do have a trick to share. I follow Jonni’s directions on soaking the paper, then put small amounts of the wet paper in my Nutri-bullet. Then I put it in a dishpan to let it dry out.
This way, when I am ready to create the recipe I simply dampen the dried tissue. I like creating the tissue in advance because when I make the recipe I am ready to create!
Here is a pic of the tree at the CADV Brunch at beautiful Lake of the Ozarks at the Four Seasons. I am setting up the table as Little Red Riding Hood, but as you can see, I am having wig issues. 😀