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Are you tired of raking leaves?

Do you have any idea what your Halloween costume's going to be?


Does the thought of being stuck doing dishes on Thanksgiving stress you out?

If your answer is "yes" to any of these questions, then why not play with papier-m

From football and homecomings to carving pumpkins and trick-or-treating, fall is full of fun. Practically any autumn activity you can think of can be made even more fun with papier-mâché. Take Halloween, for instance. Papier-mâché is perfect for making Halloween masks that, with a little practice, can look even better than expensive store bought masks. Or, if you're looking for that perfect centerpiece to grace grandma's table on Thanksgiving Day, why not create a papier-mâché pumpkin or turkey?

This may sound cheesy, but hey, at least grandma will love your artistic efforts. Now, unless you've been in kindergarten recently, it's probably been awhile since you have actually made anything out of papier-mâché. No need to worry, however, since this Paper Play project is a snap. So, if you're ready to have some fun this fall, let's get started!


1) Lots of newspapers (A couple of Sunday editions are perfect).

2) A container that holds about a gallon of water (No container? Just use your kitchen sink).

3) A towel.

4) Scissors.

5) Paste or glue (Elmer's, etc.).

6) Watercolor or general art paint.

7) Crayons or Magic Markers.

8) String. In an emergency, use floss.

9) A wire coat hanger.


This Paper Play Project is a black cat for Halloween that's purrrfect for a table centerpiece or doorstep decoration...

1) Cut out about 100 or so 1" x 6" newspaper strips.

2) Fill the container with water and soak the strips for around 15 minutes.

3) While the strips are soaking, roll and tie several full-size newspaper sheets into the rough shape of a cat, making the body, legs and tail. For the cat's head, just wad up a ball of several sheets. Use a coat hanger for extra stability/bulk, bending the wire to the desired shape.

4) Carefully pull the strips out of the water and gently pat with a towel to absorb extra water.

5) Cover the rolled-up newspapers you formed with 6 to 10 layers of paper strips. For adhesion, liberally coat the strips with paste.

6) Resist the urge to paint, letting your creation dry overnight.

7) Break out your paints, crayons or whatever and be artistic. You've just created your very own scaredy cat!


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