Step 1: Prep your work surface. Use extra newspaper or a plastic table cloth to keep your space clean.
Step 2: Blow up your balloon so it’s about the size of an apple or small pumpkin. Don’t overfill it with air! Some squishiness is helpful. If making a pumpkin shaker, wrap rubber bands around the balloon to make grooves in the sides.
Step 3: Mix together glue, flour and water in a bowl. The mixture should be a bit runny so you can easily coat your paper pieces.
Step 4: Rip your scrap paper into strips and dip each into the glue mixture before placing it on the balloon.
Step 5: Cover your balloon with at least three layers of Paper Mache. Leave a small area of the balloon uncovered at either the top or bottom (this is for removing the balloon once dry).
Step 6: Once dry, pop the balloon with a pin or scissors and remove it from the mold. If you want your fruit to be a musical shaker, pour a few beads or beans inside now.
Step 7: To close up your fruit mold, form a piece of aluminum foil into a stem. Make sure the base of your stem is wide enough to fill the hole in your molded form. Use masking tape to attach the stem before covering it with a layer of papier-mâché.
Step 8: Once dry, now you can paint if you’d like, and enjoy your beautiful harvest shaker.
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