It’s a treat – no tricks! How to make a Papier Mache Pumpkin Snowman

Whenever Rebekah Meier stops in to share a design, it’s always a treat. Today, Rebekah shares her DIY, Paper Mache Pumpkin Snowman. He’s ready to go trick-or-treating with his little pumpkin bucket – how cute is that? Actually, there is a trick to making this Papier Mache Pumpkin Snowman. I’ve made papier mache piñatas from newspaper strips and a flour and water slurry – what a mess. But the trick here is to use instant papier mache – it’s so much easier!

DIY Papier Mache Pumpkin Snowman

Papier Mache Pumpkin Snowman by Rebekah Meier.

To make a Papier Mache Pumpkin Snowman, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand: One each 4”, 3”, 2”, and 1-1/2” balls
  • Instant Paper Mache (Rebekah used Activa™ Celluclay® Instant Paper Mache)
  • Acrylic craft paint in black, Georgia clay, antique white, gold, and burnt sienna
  • Metal star with rust finish, 4”
  • Wire, rust finish, 6” length
  • Felt, 9″ x 12″ sheet in black
  • Twigs (arms)
  • Ribbon, 1″ x 12″
  • Needle & thread
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; toothpicks; awl or sharp pointed tool; sharp pencil; paintbrushes: thin liner and stiff bristle; paper towels

To make a Papier Mache Pumpkin Snowman:

1. Build the snowman:

  • Press the bottom of the 4” ball on a flat surface, creating a small, flat spot.
  • Insert toothpicks between the 4”, 3” and 2” balls.
  • Twist balls together, so that the fit is snug.
  • Pull them apart, and then pick and glue back together.
  • Shape 1-1/2” ball into a pumpkin shape, using your fingers. With the serrated knife, carve out the top to make a pumpkin bucket.

2. Mix instant papier mache according to package directions.  Apply a thin layer to the snowman and the pumpkin bucket. Let dry completely.

3. Paint the snowman and pumpkin bucket with Georgia clay paint. Let dry.

4. Optional: If you’d like to distress and antique the finish, mix two parts burnt sienna and one part water. Paint mixture onto the snowman and his pumpkin bucket, and gently pat off the excess with a paper towel. Repeat, till you have a finish you like.

DIY jack-'o-lantern faces

Draw your faces with an awl or other sharp tool.

5. Using the awl or another tool with a point, draw the faces onto each pumpkin. Paint the features black. Highlight each eye with a dot of gold. Add the teeth with antique white.

6. Insert twig arms into the middle ball. If needed, make a hole first with the awl.

7. Make two small holes in the pumpkin bucket, and thread the rusty wire through the holes. Twist ends together and hang the bucket from the snowman’s arm.

8. Run a gathering stitch along the ribbon, and gather the ribbon to fit around the snowman’s neck. Tie off.

DIY Papier Mache Pumpkin Snowman

A top hat and ruff around the neck give him style.

9. Top hat:

  • Roll up a 12” x 2” strip of black felt, and glue.
  • Cut 2” and 1” circles from felt.
  • Glue the 2” circle to the bottom of the paper tube, and glue the 1” circle to the top.
  • If needed, trim excess felt at the top.
  • Glue hat to snowman’s head.

10. Glue the snowman to the rusty star.

 DIY Papier Mache Pumpkin Snowman

If you collect snowmen, add this one to you list!

I thought I’d revisit a few of Rebekah’s other pumpkin crafts, like the Folk Art Halloween Totem.

DIY paper clay Halloween totem

Folk Art Halloween Totem by Rebekah Meier

Rebekah also shared with us her Top Hat Jack.

DIY Halloween paper clay figure

Top Hat Jack by Rebekah Meier

If you’re a snowman collector, here is another one for you. Patty Schaffer made this Sweater Pumpkin Snowman and while he’s made in an entirely different way, he’s equally adorable!

 DIY Sweater Pumpkin Snowman

Sweater Pumpkin Snowman by Patty Schaffer

What’s the last project you made with papier mache? Did you use newspaper and a flour & water slurry, or have you used instant papier mache?

Every time I sit down to share a project, I think of my readers and how sweet and creative you all are. I appreciate every one of you! Right now, I am especially thinking of those who are in the path of Irma. I am sending hugs to you! Stay safe, everyone, and let us know how you’re doing!

Happy crafting!


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10 Responses to It’s a treat – no tricks! How to make a Papier Mache Pumpkin Snowman

  1. Autumn is a beautiful time of the year! Colorful leaves are falling off the trees. Apples are ready to be picked. Pumpkins and squash are ripe for the season. Love these fall crafts! So very cute!

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 Such a pretty picture, Angie! And yes, it’s pumpkin-everything season! What do you plan to craft for fall? Anything fun on your list? Thanks for stopping by, and happy crafting! Sharon

  2. Esther Creed says:

    Could you include crafts for Thanksgiving?

  3. I have been using cast material for my paper mache projects lately. Less cleanup and less steps. Jenna hasn’t had a chance to do a paper mache project yet but I am planning to do one with her over Christmas vacation. I plan to lay plastic sheets EVERYWHERE so that there will be less cleanup! LOL
    Hope all in Texas and the path of Irma stay safe! Have a great weekend!

  4. annehaun says:

    Wow I have never heard of instant paper mache – must check this out. I have always avoided paper mache because of the mess it makes. I need to try this!

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