Fall is right around the corner. So many of us get the itch to start decorating, but we just are not quite ready for those adorable pumpkins.
Well, let’s make some pears! Yup, I said let’s MAKE some pears.
Dreaming of fall tablescapes and displays I wanted to use pears, but I just couldn’t find anything I wanted.
When that happens I always start thinking how can I make what I want?
Paper Mache and Balloons, YUP!
The challenge, What can I use to create the shape of a pear?
After much thought and brainstorming, I decided a balloon may work best. They are inexpensive and pretty easy to manipulate.
I blew them up to about the size I wanted and begin pulling and twisting the balloon to create the pear shape.
And believe it or not, it was pretty easy.
I feel like I NAILED IT!
Mixing and applying paper mache
Having the premade bag of paper mache is a game-changer. I got mine at Hobby Lobby. Gone are the days when you need to shred your own paper and mix with glue.
The key to success, make sure your paper mache is not too wet.
This is important for 2 reasons,
1. It will not stick to the balloon
2. It will never dry!
Once you have covered all of the balloons, set them on a tray to dry.
I found using some small wooden laundry clips helps keep them upright.
These cuties took about 3 days to dry. They were pretty thick in some areas.
Create a stem
Start by punching a hole in the top. I used a small pair of scissors
Using twine was my choice for these pears. I love the natural rugged look.
Now we add to our display.
I kept mine the natural color of the paper, but you could paint them if you like.
I mixed them in with some shredded paper. I love them under the cloche with the metal box.
Just so fun and whimsical.
If you like this paper mache DIY, check out this paper mache bowl I made.
Have you started decorating for Fall? Are you a fan of pears?
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