Hi! So as Trick and Treating has been cancelled here in Wales this , like many families I think, have made it Halloween week and we’ve been making lots of things ready for a fun filled games, films and party day on Saturday. Yesterday I saw something that inspired me to make my own Pumpkin Toss game and I thought it might be welcomed if I shared the instructions for how I did it, so here you are :)
Start with some sort of board. I managed to find a piece of old hardboard in my garage which was perfect but any large board would do, including corrugated card although I would make sure it’s double thickness. Then I rummaged around and found some old party hats from one of the kids past birthday parties. There were a few other things I could have used though, I considered some old plastic bowls and some paper cups from another birthday, so just have a look at what you’ve got at home. I took the string off the party hats and made sure they were taped up the seem to be a bit more secure, then I taped them in position on the board. I use gaffer tape as it’s pretty good for most stuff but ordinary sellotape should work just to hold them in place. Then I papier-mâchéd the whole lot. I like to use brown wrapping paper and pure PVA when I papier-mâché instead of a pulp, I really like the slightly creased surface that it leaves, but again you can use whatever paper you have.
When that was dry, I painted it all with a base of black acrylic paint. It doesn’t have to be acrylic paint but it is much more hardwiring if you want to keep your game for a while.
When that had completely dried, I dry brushed some silver, turquoise and green metallic paints to pick out the textures of the paper. You don’t have to do this, you can decorate it however you want: painted, covered in stickers or leave it black.
Finally, I jumped on my computer and found an image of a skull. I used photoshop to drop the score numbers onto the skulls and printed them out. Then I cut around them and used double sided tape to stick them to the front. Again you don’t have to do that, you can write the scores on, use stickers, etc..
And this is the final game! I was going to use bean bags as the tossing objects but then I remembered these little Halloween pumpkins that my daughter decorated last year and they work perfectly! You could use anything though, even rolled up toilet paper balls if that’s all you’ve got :)
Here’s a little video of my kids having a go.
It took me an evening for most of it and I let it dry over night, then I printed and added the skulls today. The kids are enjoying playing with it and I think it may become an annual tradition to play it, at least for a couple of years :) if you have a go at making one I’d love to see the results, get in touch here or Facebook to send me your pics. Happy Halloween!!!