Apply a total of 4 layers, allowing them to dry after applying each layer.
Paint with black spray paint and let dry. This keeps the black and white colors of the newspaper from showing through the colored spray paint later.
Then spray paint with either orange or off-white paint. (I used 2 coats).
Using a glue gun, glue a 1-inch piece of a tree branch for the stem.
Although you can’t carve them – you can paint on a ‘jack-o-lantern’ face or just leave them plain.
It did take a couple of days to finish, factoring in the drying time. Paper mache can be a bit messy, so I recommend wearing an apron and covering your work surface with plastic trash bags.
I hope you try it!
**Update – I made these paper mache pumpkins four years ago and they still look great!