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Papier-Mâché Veggies
Total Time afternoon or evening Ages all-ages

Perfect for a rainy day, this Papier-Mâché project is a fun way to celebrate all the great produce -- peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, squash, and carrots -- that will be planted this season and harvested in the next.

What you'll need

  • Newspaper
  • Masking tape or string
  • Bamboo kitchen skewers
  • Colored tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge (or similar clear sealant)
  • Paintbrush

How to make it

  1. Papier-Mâché Veggies - Step 1

    Help your kids crumple up sheets of newspaper to resemble any vegetable shapes they like, and use masking tape or string to secure the forms. (They don't need to be perfect, just close enough to identify.) Cover any dark printed areas with tape too. Then fashion stems (if applicable) from additional pieces of tape and tape the stems, in turn, to the appropriate vegetables.

  2. Papier-Mache Veggies

    Stick a bamboo skewer through the bottom of each newspaper veggie. Then cut several sheets of colored tissue paper into 3-inch squares. Holding each vegetable by its skewer, brush the entire vegetable first with Mod Podge and then add a single layer of tissue squares. Let the sealer dry. Repeat the process, adding more layers until you get the desired shade. Use the same method to cover the various stems with green or brown tissue paper.

  3. Papier-Mache Veggies

    When the vegetables are complete, remove the skewers and arrange the veggies in a bowl for a vibrant centerpiece.

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