280 Jack O'Lantern Bow Project
#280 – Jack O' Lantern 
Bow Decoration
Paper Casting Project

Attach this charming bow decoration to a festive holiday pumpkin on your party table, 
or wrap up a plate of Halloween cookies in some cellophane and attach 
the raffia & casting bow to create a charming Halloween gift.


Materials Needed:

1 Rycraft cookie stamp or craft stamp #280 - Pumpkin
Cotton linter - (see Rycraft 100% cotton linter)
1 paper casting* - 
#280 - Pumpkin
 (see Basic Paper Casting Instructions)
Clear acrylic varnish

Paint (optional) - we used beige, orange, brown and gold
Several pieces of raffia ribbon approx. 24” long
Jack-O-Lantern or carved pumpkin
Paper mask cut out of black construction paper
*Note:  Alternately, the casting for this project may be made from clay instead of paper (see Basic Clay Casting Instructions). The choice is yours.
1.  If you want to paint your casting: First apply a coat of varnish to the casting and let dry.
2.  Apply beige paint (we tried to match the raffia) to the background area of the casting and let dry.
3.  Apply gold to the deepest portion of eyes, nose and mouth and let dry.
4.  Apply orange to the pumpkin skin and let dry.
5.  Apply brown to the stem and let dry.
6.  Cut a mask out of the construction paper to fit the shape of your pumpkin. Glue the mask to the pumpkin.
7.  Loop the raffia in half to make a "bow" and glue the paper casting to the raffia (we used hot glue). Then glue the bow to the pumpkin.

Notice below:  We left the edges of the eyes, nose and mouth white (the natural color of the paper casting -- we did not apply white paint) for a highlighted effect.

 Project designed and created by Sue Moore. Cookies baked by Robin Rycraft. Photographs  by Paperworks, Corvallis, OR.

These paper casting projects are featured along with dozens of others 
in our book The Art of Paper Casting, which includes basic paper casting 
instructions, techniques for special effects, and a glossary of terms.

Bake a batch of Shortbread Cookies to match!

Shown above: #063 – Sheaf of Wheat,  #280 – Jack O'Lantern Pumpkin

Or try your hand at Springerle Cookies!

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