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Lifelike-o'-Lanterns

Several strands of twine (or embroidery floss) are all it takes to make a balloon look segmented, bulbous, and fresh from the pumpkin patch.

Lifelike-o'-Lanterns

Photography: Aaron Dyer

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2013

Introduction

Sources

Crepe streamer, in Kiwi Green, 89 cents, partycity.com

materials

  • Waxed twine

  • Balloon

  • Metal washer

  • White glue

  • Crepe-paper streamer

  • Lightweight black construction paper

  • Decoupage finish & paintbrush

steps

  1. To find proper length, wrap twine around inflated balloon, add 6 inches, and cut. Cut 2 more pieces the same length.

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  2. Loop or knot twine through washer so it has 6 spokes.

  3. Place balloon on top of washer; pull 2 opposing strands of twine up and knot around balloon knot. Repeat with other 4 strands.

  4. Trim excess twine down to 1 inch; trim off rolled edge of balloon knot. Apply glue to strings and remaining knot. Wrap with a 4-inch piece of streamer. Dab end with glue to hold in place.

  5. Make jack-o’-lantern face.

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