๐ŸŽƒ Pumpkin Toss Game - Instructions ๐ŸŽƒ

Posted by Catherine Cains on

Hi! So as Trick and Treating has been cancelled here in Wales thisย , like many families I think, have made it Halloween week and weโ€™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 itโ€™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 youโ€™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 itโ€™s pretty good for most stuff but ordinary sellotape should work just to hold them in place. Then I papier-mรขchรฉd the whole lot. I like to use brown wrapping paper and pure PVA when I papier-mรขchรฉ 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 doesnโ€™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 donโ€™t have to do this, you can decorate it however you want: painted, covered in stickers or leave it black.ย 

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 donโ€™t have to do that, you can write the scores on, use stickers, etc..ย 

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 thatโ€™s all youโ€™ve got :)
Hereโ€™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 Iโ€™d love to see the results, get in touch here or Facebook to send me your pics. Happy Halloween!!!


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