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Papier-Mache Decorations: Chandelier Shades and Party Favors

Photography: Jose Manuel Picayo Rivera

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2001


  • Small balloons

  • Tissue paper, in orange, yellow, and black

  • Pencil

  • Utility knife

  • Wheat paste

  • Candy and small toys (optional)


  1. Cover balloons with one layer of orange tissue paper and one layer of yellow. Trace silhouettes onto black tissue paper, and cut out each of the shapes with a utility knife. Affix the silhouettes to spheres with wheat paste.

  2. When the paste is dry, pop and remove balloons and enlarge knot holes. For party favors, fill pumpkins with candy and toys; paste a circle of orange tissue paper over the hole. For chandelier shades, slip the spheres over bulbs. Do not use bulbs of higher than 40 watts.

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