A prop head can be used for many things on Halloween. A double-headed costume, a scary gag, a haunted house prop or just a decoration around the house. Instead of purchasing a fake head from a store, you can easily create one of your own and add personal touches to get it exactly how you want it. A simple papier mache project can turn into an annual Halloween event for the whole family.
Lay newspaper across a counter or table. Set a bowl on top of the newspaper.
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Mix 3 cups white glue and 1 cup water until they are well combined. If you are making more than three heads, increase the mix to 5 cups glue and 1 1/2 cups water.
Rip newspaper into strips the width of a belt and around 6 inches long.
Blow up a balloon to a size slightly smaller than a head and tie it off. Set it down on the table.
Dip the strips of newspaper into the papier mache mix. Cover the balloon completely with two layers of newspaper strips, smoothing them as you go.
Add two extra strips on each side of the balloon to represent ears. Mold the paper into a shape of the ear. Dip two newspaper strips, roll them into a clump, and place it in the center of the face for the nose.
Leave the papier mache balloon on the table to dry completely overnight. Clean up any extra supplies and newspaper scraps.
Paint the head completely with a skin-toned color. Wait for the paint to dry completely.
Use colored markers to fill in the details of the face, including eyes, nostrils, eyebrows, mouth and any other facial features, such as freckles.
Glue a wig to the top of the head. If you do not have a wig, use yarn.
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