How to Make a Paper Mache Sculpture
Paper mache is a creative outlet that is uncomplicated, inexpensive and uses materials found around the house or at a variety store. Whether a novice or a seasoned artist, you will enjoy creating a paper mache sculpture. Children enjoy making paper mache sculptures with the help of an adult, and teenagers can create a one-of-a-kind piece of paper mache art for their bedrooms. A birthday party or summer camp could include a paper mache-making session.
Things You'll Need
- Cardboard tubes
- Masking tape
- Cup measure
- Large bowl
- Wooden spoon
- Acrylic paints
- Foam paintbrushes
Gather balloons, paper towel holders, boxes, pieces of cardboard and crumpled up newspaper and set all materials on a tarp.
Blow up the balloons and connect them and pieces of cardboard and crumpled newspaper into a sculpture shape with masking tape. Tear newspaper into thin and wide strips that measure from 1 inch to 3 inches wide.
Place one cup of flour in a large bowl. Add water, 1/4 cup at a time, and stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture resembles syrup.
Dip each strip of newspaper in the paste so it has a light layer of paste on it. Apply the newspaper gently to the balloon and cardboard. Cover the sculpture evenly with a light layer of newspaper. Let the sculpture dry for 3 hours.
Add additional layers of paper mache and reinforce places where you have joined one object to another. Let it dry for 3 hours.
Paint the sculpture with acrylic paints, using a foam paintbrush. Let the paint dry for 3 hours.
- Look in magazines and books for ideas for paper mache sculpture shapes.
- Parents or other adults must use caution and proper supervision when allowing young children to blow up or handle balloons.
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