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Paper maché peppermint decorations for Halloween


Published by Manning on October 11th, 2018

I made these oversized paper maché peppermint decorations as part of a set of giant candy props for Halloween 2018. Here’s how I made ’em…

Paper mache peppermint candies - finished!

Paper maché peppermint decorations - cutting out circles

I gathered materials to make three peppermint candies at the same time. I cut out six 12″ circles, two for each candy. See my article about drawing precise circles! I cut the circles out with an X-acto knife.

I made a bunch of little triangular supports from strips of foam board, bent and taped closed. I forgot to take a picture of this step but you can see the same thing in my article about my evil gingerbread men; third photo from the top. I taped these supports in place.

Paper maché peppermint decorations - poster board edges

I laid the other foam board circle on top of the one with the supports, and connected them with a few pieces of masking tape.

I cut strips of poster board to serve as the walls around the edges of the peppermint candies. I taped these in place.

I designed the swirly motif for the peppermints in Photoshop and printed it out — all I needed to print was just one of these swoosh shapes. I taped the swoosh onto poster board and cut it out, to give me a nice sturdy shape that I could trace many times. I traced this swoosh shape onto craft foam 24 times — that’s four for each side of the peppermint, so eight swooshes per peppermint, and 24 total ’cause I’m making three candies.

Paper maché peppermint decorations - craft foam pattern

I glued the swooshes in place on the bases for the peppermints with tiny dots of Tacky Glue.

Paper mache giant peppermint candies - WIP

I then covered the peppermints with one layer of paper maché each. You can read about my paper maché process and materials here. They’re drying outside in the pic above.

Spray painted giant candies drying

When the paper maché was dry, I spray painted the peppermints purple and green; here they are along with two lollipops.

Paper mache peppermint candies - finished!

I then used acrylic paint and a brush to hand-paint the swirl pattern on each one. Easy! These are all done; on to the next project…

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