Papier-Mache Decorations: Glowing Skull
Photography: Jose Manuel Picayo Rivera
Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2001
To create a scary skull, inflate a large balloon a day ahead of time or inflate and deflate it several times to make it malleable. Wrap masking tape around the balloon one-third of the way from the bottom to form the jawline. Using wheat paste, attach two layers of white tissue paper roughly torn into 1- to 2-inch squares.
Pop and remove balloon when dry. Cut a hole from the base toward the rear of the form so that the skull tilts back slightly when displayed. Cut out the features, and use wheat paste to affix a sheet of tissue paper inside.
To light the skull, secure a battery-powered light to the display surface with a walnut-size piece of modeling clay, and lower the skull over the light.