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Make a Paper Mache Statue

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Learn How to Make a Paper Mache Statue with Step-by-Step Photos

I will show you how create a paper mache statue. This tutorial will give you the basics, so you can create anything you desire with this incredibly diverse craft. Like French fries, Paper Mache is not actually French. Paper Mache literally translates to chewed-up paper due to the appearance of the paper pulp. Despite the French name, paper mache has a long history in Asia where it was famously used to make lacquered boxes.

I used plastic bottles, cereal boxes, and duck tape, mostly items that would have done in the trash. Paper Mache is a wonderful medium, it's free, non-toxic, and great to do with kids. No fancy equipment required! Paper Mache is so fun and so easy! You probably already have everything you need to get started.

The materials are free and every week you get more in the mail! Everyone has their own methods and these instructions are more like guidelines. There are NO rules. Just creativity and fun. Start saving those newspapers!

*All images and designs are my own.

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white glue, paper mache paste

Materials and Supplies

Everything you need for a paper mache project

From the Kitchen

Flour
Water
Cornstarch or Liquid Starch
Old Bowls and utensils
Bamboo skewers optional

From the Tool Box

Old Scissors
Utility knife
Dremel or drill
Tape, duct tape and masking tape.
Glue gun (optional I don't use one)

From around the House

White glue
Bleach
Fan (helpful for drying but not necessary)
Plastic and Styrofoam containers
Cardboard
Lots of newspaper

Paper Mache Paste Recipe

Next to paper strips, the paper mache paste is the most important ingredient for a successful project. This kid-friendly paper mache paste recipe uses non-toxic ingredients that you probably already have at home. Good quality paper mache paste is slippery and chunk-free. Click here for my recipe.

Paper Mache Paste

To make any quantity of paper paste, use a ratio of one part flour to four parts water.

I use 1/4 C measurements to create a decent amount of paste that I can use before it spoils.

Mix a small amount of water with four. Boil remaining water, add flour and cook until transparent.

Inspiration for Creating The Armature

The sub-structure for your statue.

An armature is a simple frame used support a sculpture. The armature defines the shape of the finished statue. The armature also gives the newspaper strips something to stick to.

For this example I'm making a gargoyle. The beauty of gargoyles is they can be any combination of animals, in other words, they don't have to like any real animal. If you already have an idea in your head, great, just make a quick sketch. If not, begin by looking at inspiration pictures like I did. I looked at photos of the gargoyles on the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. I also looked at pictures of lions, because I wanted the stature to have a similar to feel to marble "guarding" lions placed on the sides of driveways and stairways.

Before making the armature, look at your rough sketch to establish the body shape. In my case this was an S-shape.

Sketch of Your Statue

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For the Armature I used several kinds of injection-molded coffee containers, half gallon milk containers, coke bottles, and cardboard. The curvy shape of plastic coke bottles made great "muscular" arms, some paper mache artists sweat by the thin foam used in food and meat containers. By all means, materials you have on hand. Part of the fun is being resourceful and finding the perfect material for the desired effect.

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I started by establishing the "S" shaped body. The top of a two liter soda bottle fit perfectly into the handle of the coffee container, so I taped that together. Hot glue can also be used during construction, instead of or with tape. I started off with masking tape, but ended up using duck tape, because it is stickier and the woven fiber makes the structure stronger.

Building Your Armature

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In general it is good to weight down the base of your sculpture. Play with the features, come back to it later and see if everything look well proportioned. For the example I had to totally redo the upper body and neck (the latter was non existent!)

One skewer runs vertically through the armature, like a spine. Holes were drilled through all of the plastic bottles.



Skewers are very handy for making shoulders. Ideally use a rubber band or a paper ring to draw a level horizontal line where the shoulders should be. Mark two points directly across from each other to drill.

Creative Materials from the Cupboard

The Head

Bringing Out the Features and Building On Your Design

The easiest way to add features is to draw the shape on copy paper, cut out the shape and drape it over the armature to test the fit. The best materials for making features are cardboard and plastic milk containers.

I cut slits into the milk container and then taped the ears in place. I shortened the head by cutting it in half and then pushing the portions inside each other, like a box, until it was the correct length.

The horns are made from cones of newspaper taped and bent into curves. I made two plus-shaped cuts into the skull where the horns will poke out from and then taped them in place. A pocket knife or other utility blade works well for cutting plastic.

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Plastic is very slippery, making it very easy to lose control of your blade. Never underestimate the danger of tools. Even that pair of dull craft scissors could send you to the ER. Always supervise your children during paper mache projects and do all of the cutting yourself.

Prepare Your Paper Mache Paste

Once your armature is ready, you can begin applying the paper mache strips. Check out my Easy Paper Mache Paste Tutorial for the recipe!

Start Stripping!

You can start laying strips anywhere on your statue. I began draping strips around the shoulders and all stress points. As you build up the armature with paper mache, the piece will get heavier, so these areas need to be strong. Once the armature is covered your can apply more layers to build up certain areas. You can also cover lumps of crunched up paper with your newspaper strips to add volume.


TIP: Make sure each layer is dry before your add more paper mache. This can take anywhere from one to three days or more depending on the temperature and humidity. I set up plenty of fans to dry the statue faster.

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Paper Mache from Cellulose Insulation - Alternative Materials

The old saying "there's more than one way to do things" applies to almost everything in life, including Paper Mache! I'm a big fan of collecting, saving and reusing unwanted newspapers, so I can turn them into art. If you aren't a fan of hoarding newspapers, there's an alternative.

Paper Mache with Wallpaper Paste - A mold-free adhesive alternative

Wallpaper paste is beloved by paper mache artists for its ability to keep for extended periods.

Lightweight Claycrete - A Paper Mache Alternative

Claycrete is a lightweight all-in-one paper mache alternative ideal for creating paper mache creations and sculptures.

Paper Mache Pulp

Learn how to make paper pulp.

Paper pulp is a great way to add features. I used pulp to build up the gargoyle's muscles and features. Paper pulp can be mixed with paste and molded like clay. Making the pulp was the messiest part of this project. I filled a mop bucket with small squares of newspaper and poured hot water over it to soak overnight . As the paper soaks, the ink separates from the paper and floats on the surface, waiting to stain anything it touches. Rather than ruin a cooking dish, I elected to soak the pulp for another 12 hours in more hot water until the paper fibers were sufficiently broken apart.

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The next step is to drain off the water from the pulp. I used an out-of-service sheer curtain that I didn't mind ruining.

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I used the pulp to slowly build up the back and shoulder muscles, ear and horn cartilage, haunches, paws, ribs, fangs, eyes lids, and nose.

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I outlined the eyes for extra definition, (not that it needs it.)

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The paper pulp mixture is quite dense and takes a long time to dry.

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I built up the paw bones with paper pulp. For the claws I rolled up a 4"-6" strip of paper into a cone-shape, taped it together, and curved it.

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More paper.

Troubleshooting

Potential Problems and How to Fix Them

Mold

Thick layers of paper and pulp can take a long time to dry. In combination with rainy weather and high humidity your creation may start to smell sour. Although, mold isn't visible the sour smell is the first indication of mold or mildew can be easily fixed by spraying the structure with undiluted laundry bleach. It's best to do this outside, to avoid the fumes.

Creative Finishes

Ways to complete your project.

There are a multitude of ways to color your paper mache project, the fastest way spray paint or stain. These are all self-explanatory. I will be sharing a natural earth finish that gives the gives the statue a rock-like appearance.

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I wish I could take the credit for this idea, but I was inspired by a wonderful tutorial, on the Paper Mache Resource Page UK, that briefly mentioned soil, sand, and clay finishes. (See Resources for Link)

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I gathered some nice loose earth from outside and placed it in a 1 quart Ziplock bag bto break apart the clods to make a powder. I sieved the dirt through a makeshift sifter made from the bottom of a 2L soda bottle with holes drilled into it.

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Resources

Paper Mache on the Web

The Paper Mache Resource Page UK Papier Mache UK is a great resource for artists and aspiring paper mache artists. Anyone can contribute and share the paper mache projects and ready tutorials from the experts. There are literally paper mache artists from all over the world registered on this interactive site.

Les Cartonnistes An amazing group of French paper mache artists who make incredibly funky furniture. A must see!

Stolloween Paper Mache Halloween Crafts This amazing paper mache artist and blogger is known for creating unparalleled Halloween displays along with posts that include extremely helpful advice. Great for crafty paper mache guys and anyone in search of ghoulish paper mache inspiration.

My Easy Paper Mache Paste RecipeThis is my personal paper mache paste recipe designed to produce consistent results every time.

Paper Mache: Can You Do It?

Have you ever made a serious paper mache project?

  • Yes, I've really had fun with paper mache.
  • No, I'm not that artistic.
  • No, but I think I could do it.
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Bonus Material - Paper Mache Bugs

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In the comments there have been some request to see other paper machine projects. So here is one of my other projects that illustrate the same armature construction and techniques.

Just to show you how easy it is to turn any object or idea into a paper mache statue, I'm adding photos of my giant "scare bug" project. These creatures were inspired by the frightening bugs in my garden and my hopes to scare them off by showing them a large-scale version of themselves. Although it didn't work, it was a fun project that shows how versatile paper mache is.

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For example, the third sketch from the left is an evil, evil Colorado potato bug inspired by the photo above.

First, I created a simple sketch to capture the important shapes that make each bug look like itself. You don't need to create a polished anatomical drawing, we just need to capture the basic shapes. Here I have sketched four bugs, although I only created three in the end.

Giant Bug Armature

Find or build a bug-like foundation to begin your armature. This packing carton was perfect for creating an elongated body with room for all of those legs.

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Gradually build up the bug's body and arching exoskeleton using a combination of soft materials that can be packed into shape.

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Add wings, legs, antennas and ancillary details that represent each bug. Consider using cloths, plastic and transparent materials to create super-unique features.

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Legs are one of the most challenging part of this project because there are so many. Use bamboo skewers to create sturdy axles that like each pair of legs.

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Once your armature is secure, cover the form with strips of paper mache and embellish as desired.

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The Finished Bugs

My first bug is the one featuring the overlapping cereal/snack box scales in the earlier photos. The wings are large cardboard flaps decorated with clothesline rope veins that are glued on. The blue/purple wings were created with a combination of stain and spray paint.

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Here is my completed Colorado potato bug. The antennas are all created from wire covered with paper mache strips.

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My final bug is the boll weevil. Although I don't grow cotton or have weevils in my cotton bolls, I just had to create a paper mache version of this iconic Southern bug.

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If you have questions or comments I will answer them here. Feel free to post your previous paper mache projects, or projects you made from this tutorial. We would love to see them. Happy crafting!


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anonymous 4 years ago

Wow. Great tutorial on paper mache. 5*


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Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States Level 6 Commenter

Wow! This is Totally Awesome! I don't believe I have ever seen such a large paper mache statue. This is a great step by step instruction lens and I love all of the pictures. Also a totally awesome way to recycle:) Angel Blessed and added to my Squid Angel Mouse Tracks lens.


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poptastic 4 years ago

Excellent tutorial! *blessed by an angel*


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QuiltFinger 4 years ago from Tennessee Hub Author

Thanks so much for your kind comments! I'm SO thrilled that you found the tutorial helpful! It's an honor to be blessed!


anonymous 4 years ago

Nicely done and yes, love the pictures too! No wonder this is getting angel blessings! - Kathy


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paperfacets 4 years ago from La Verne, CA Level 3 Commenter

I love paper mache projects. Very good tutorial.


DanMonsterMan 4 years ago

Great job! Love your use of common household items. I really like the work. Thank you for sharing!

Dan


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SoyCandleLover 4 years ago from Henrietta, New York

Great tutorial and love the finished gargoyle. Thanks for sharing.


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PNWtravels 4 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA Level 1 Commenter

Wow! Very creative. I've made small objects before but never anything so large.


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hotbrain 3 years ago

This is an excellent tutorial. Congratulations on a superb lens! Squidoo Angel Blessed!


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Joy Neasley 3 years ago from Nashville, TN

great lens. I am thinking of making a shelf. I heard that done right,paper mache is strong enough to make furniture. I am going to give it a try.


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QuiltFinger 3 years ago from Tennessee Hub Author

Thank you for the blessing, hotbrain!

Chinajov, you are exactly right. There are some amazing examples of paper mache furniture. I Love this link, which I will add to the lens.

http://www.lescartonnistesassocies.com/

Thanks for your comments everyone.


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QuiltFinger 3 years ago from Tennessee Hub Author

@Joy Neasley: Thanks for your comment Chinajoy. I wasn't sure how to use the reply feature, but I think I've got it now. I just wanted to make sure I shared this paper mache furniture link with you.

Les Cartonnistes

Fantastic inspiration and thanks for reminding me I had forgotten all about paper mache furniture.


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Rita-K 3 years ago

Wow, what a fantastic lens! You really have created a marvelous lens! I love your artistry and am so looking forward to seeing more of your work! I have added your lens to my Art of Green Crafting!


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Sensitive Fern 3 years ago

I think paper mache is like baking bread - you either get it or you don't. I have a friend who makes paper mache puppets but I just can't get into it. This is a fantastic tutorial. You put a lot of time and effort into it.


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Laniann 3 years ago

This was a great tutorial. I've created many sculptures using paper mache and especially love working with the gray Claycrete. Blessed by a Squid Angel.


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LouisaDembul 3 years ago Level 2 Commenter

I really liked learning about the finishing that makes it look like a clay-statue! What a great touch.


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SandyMertens 3 years ago from Frozen Tundra Level 3 Commenter

Very interesting. Looks like a lot of fun to make one of these statues.


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michelleart 3 years ago from Florida

Great job! Will have to give this a try! *Blessed*


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michelleart 3 years ago from Florida

Just wanted to let you know I have featured your lens on my Memorial Day blessing lens here: http://www.squidoo.com/cool-sculptures


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indigoj 2 years ago from UK

I've always wanted to try this. Thanks for such a helpful step-by-step guide and visuals for making a papier mache armature. The finished result is impressive.


anonymous 2 years ago

any idea's on what would be a great base for making a lg Duck? I was thinking of a lg work out ball as a start.


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QuiltFinger 2 years ago from Tennessee Hub Author

@anonymous: Sounds like a great idea! Depending on the size you're looking for, you can use scrunched up newspapers to make a sphere, and balloons also work great. Balloons are awesome for making hallow-bodies like you'd need for a pinata. Just cover with four layers of newspaper strips leaving a small hole near the tail of the balloon. That way you can pop the balloon, remove the pieces and stuff the body with anything you like. I've also tried stuffing bags with scrunched up newspaper balls. Grocery bags work okay and larger trash bags would be good if you need to make something really big. There's no right or wrong way to make an armature. I think it's more about what you have easy access to. Good luck!


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Lee Hansen 2 years ago from Vermont Level 3 Commenter

I've been dreaming of big paper mache sculpture projects since I made some ghouls for Halloween. Great tutorial - I'm sharing it with my scuptor-hubby. I think we may have discovered a mutual medium for both of us to work with in our retirement. Blessed ... and big thumbs up.


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Gypzeerose 2 years ago Level 5 Commenter

I have so many great papier mache memories with my kids! It was really special seeing what you have done. I have never thought of using the trash as armature. Creative indeed!


Traceeshobbies 2 years ago

I love this lens. What a great imagination!


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flycatcherrr 2 years ago

What a great tutorial you've given us here! Blessed. :)


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KevCooper 2 years ago

Very comprehensive instructions, when I make pulp I soak it overnight then run it through a food blender, don't use the kitchen one it will get badly stained!


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sudokunut 2 years ago from Reno, Nevada

This is a very useful tutorial and the sculpture looks really cool.


anonymous 2 years ago

this is sooooo cool! did you ever do anything other than the gargoyle? I'd love to see more! very inspirational!


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cdevries 2 years ago Level 1 Commenter

Fun project and well-done Lens! Squid Angel blessed.


getmoreinfo 2 years ago

these were really fun to make in school.


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junecampbell 2 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Level 5 Commenter

Fascinating sculptures. I have never worked with paper mache. You are clearly an expert in this area.


brynimagire 2 years ago

Very interesting lens !


anonymous 2 years ago

Making use of recycled materials when creating a paper mache could help you save a lot at the same time trash would be reduced. Also, by Dallas shredding papers off you could easily place the strips of paper on your model to ensure that there would be no rough surfaces.


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tylerabernethy22 2 years ago

This is super cool! I used to love making these in elementary school!

Cheers,

Tyler


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tylerabernethy22 2 years ago

This is super cool! I used to love making these in elementary school!

Cheers,

Tyler


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thegrayrabbit 21 months ago

I have been doing mache projects for the last couple of years and found a new technique here that I'll be using. thanks


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knitstricken 21 months ago

My second grade teacher was a huuuuge fan of papier mache. Our class was split into two groups with the intent of making two large pieces. The group that was mostly boys chose to make a great white shark; the group of mostly girls made a giant Holly Hobbie doll. Great memories!


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JeffGilbert 19 months ago

Great instructional lens, well done!!


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Cynthia Haltom 16 months ago

Very nice. I work with papier mache too, I sometimes use plaster of Paris to get a smooth look. I make dress mannequins and they need to have a smooth finish. I also us Modge Podge to finish.


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AnonymousC831 5 months ago from Kentucky Level 3 Commenter

Great lens, can't wait to try this.


thegembank 5 months ago

that's a little work.. but this is fun with the kids


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Dressage Husband 5 months ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada Level 5 Commenter

Wow you are so artistic. I made a lot of papier mache puppets as a kid, but have not done any in years. This was a great and very informative lens with lots of examples, well done and a really deserved LOTD.


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HomeArtist1 5 months ago from Charlotte

I used to make paper mache pumpkin pinatas for a neighborhood Halloween party. One was indestructible ! Apparently, I got carried away with my paste and layering, but the kids loved it. Thanks for sharing such a great lens!


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Merrci 5 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Level 8 Commenter

Amazingly creative! I've always thought paper mache looked fun, but you take it to an entirely new level. Congrats on LotD! Well deserved.


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Wednesday-Elf 5 months ago from Savannah, Georgia Level 6 Commenter

Wow - very detailed tutorial. Excellent. I've never tried paper mache, but I can see you can be very creative with it. Congrats on LOTD.


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Bercton1 5 months ago

Impressive Creativity and great lens!


Ruthi 5 months ago

Amazing paper mache creations! The only thing I've ever made were basic pinatas for my son, years ago.


JMoonstar 5 months ago

I like the bugs.


tonyleather 5 months ago

My grandchildren love making stuff from papier mache. Nice lens!


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GrammieOlivia 5 months ago from Toronto Level 7 Commenter

Fantastic lens, great tutorial, I think I will need to try this out for myself. Thanks for your help!


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GrammieOlivia 5 months ago from Toronto Level 7 Commenter

Congratulations on LoTD too!


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delia-delia 5 months ago Level 5 Commenter

Congratulations on LOTD! Very cool projects...love the bugs! You certainly are creative! I've made some PM animals years ago.


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TalkingFreebies 5 months ago from PNW ~ Washington Level 1 Commenter

This is a really in depth way to paper mache. I've actually have been looking for paper mache recipes and ideas to do with the grandchildren. This takes it on a whole other level! Thanks! Will look forward to diving into a project soon!


anonymous 5 months ago

Very cool, very creative. Congratulations on getting LotD!


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junecampbell 5 months ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada Level 5 Commenter

Excellent explanation of making paper Mache items. I have not tried this, but I plan to one day soon.


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Tricia Deed 5 months ago from Orlando, Florida Level 2 Commenter

I have done paper mache for a dance prop project. It worked better than what a professional had proposed to do.


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Gayle Dowell 5 months ago from Kansas Level 2 Commenter

I love papier mache! Thanks for the reminder about what you can do with this. I'm going to try this with my art class.


priscillabonds11 5 months ago

Awesome. Used to enjoy paper mache as a kid but could have never imagined some of the different things you could do with it. Wow.


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strategylab 5 months ago from Regina, SK

Wow love the art work!! In our house we have to save the toilet paper rolls for art projects. I think you just gave us another idea to try out. Great work!

Cool beans.


MoshiMonsterFan 5 months ago

One I just read this lens and now I already like papier mache! Now I know how to make papier mache using any tools I want! thanks!


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John Dyhouse 5 months ago from UK Level 5 Commenter

I have worked with papier mache but not this size of sculpture. I reckon this might just be something I need to have a go at. Thanks for the lens and the inspiration.


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Rhonda Lytle 5 months ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie Level 6 Commenter

Absolutely awesome project! Your finished creations are really impressive.


Colonel2013 5 months ago

Great lens! Congrats on LoTD!!


demetriusPop 5 months ago

These are great. Ironically, we were just talking about Mache the other day. When we were kids, this is how we would make are Halloween costumes. Thanks for a reminiscent lens.


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Nancy Hardin 5 months ago from Las Vegas, NV Level 7 Commenter

Fascinating art form. This is such a fun thing to do with kids or grandkids too. There are so many ways to go with this they'd have a ball doing it! Congratulations on LOTD, great tutorial and photos! Well done!


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VanessaPrieto 5 months ago

Congratulations on LOTD!!! I've actually been thinking about creating some paper mache busts for displaying my jewelry, so coming across this lens was timely. :)


anonymous 5 months ago

I came to you lens and forgot everything. Such a creative and artistic work I have ever seen with such simplicity and less budget. Everything is looking so real . You are really an extremely talented person. I can not express your talent in terms of words. This art in your instincts will make you billionaire if you keep working like that.


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linfcor 5 months ago from Spring Hill Florida Level 3 Commenter

Very nice lens. You have me thinking about getting into it


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QuiltFinger 5 months ago from Tennessee Hub Author

@anonymous: You're tremendously kind. Thanks for your comment and immense confidence. I'm not sure about billionaire status, but we can all dream. Right?


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QuiltFinger 5 months ago from Tennessee Hub Author

@HomeArtist1: OMG! Your pumpkins sound fabulous! My friends and I had that same thing happen as kids!


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QuiltFinger 5 months ago from Tennessee Hub Author

@AnonymousC831: Totally, you should give it a go!


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QuiltFinger 5 months ago from Tennessee Hub Author

@Dressage Husband: Puppets sound like great fun! I must be a hoot to give them little faces and smiles. Thanks for stopping by.


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QuiltFinger 5 months ago from Tennessee Hub Author

@TalkingFreebies: That's awesome to hear. You'll have lots of fun. Good luck with your projects!


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QuiltFinger 5 months ago from Tennessee Hub Author

@GrammieOlivia: Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I think you'll have a boatload of fun.


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QuiltFinger 5 months ago from Tennessee Hub Author

@VanessaPrieto: That sounds like a really great, unique idea! Everyone will be jealous of your kick-ass displays!


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QuiltFinger 5 months ago from Tennessee Hub Author

@linfcor: You should definitely give it a try! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!


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QuiltFinger 5 months ago from Tennessee Hub Author

@junecampbell: I would certainly encourage everyone to give it a try. I hope you have lots of fun. Thanks for stopping by!


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QuiltFinger 5 months ago from Tennessee Hub Author

@John Dyhouse: Definitely give it another try! There are so many possibilities for creating both functional and artful pieces. Good luck!


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QuiltFinger 5 months ago from Tennessee Hub Author

@MoshiMonsterFan: Thanks for visiting my lens my lens and commenting. I hope you give it a try!


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Lee Hansen 5 months ago from Vermont Level 3 Commenter

Congrats of LOTD - I really like your techniques for building a paper mache armature. Nasty bugs there!


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PAINTDRIPS 5 months ago from Fresno CA Level 5 Commenter

I love paper mache. These are great projects. I've made some large things before but then I have the problem of may family saying "What are you going to do with THAT?" Art critics! Congrats on LOTD.


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Queen--Elizabeth 5 months ago

Wow, and I thought paper mâché on a balloon in grade school was difficult... This is incredible!


kysy1404 5 months ago

It is the same for us Irish when we go to Europe, the USA or Canada as we have to reverse everything we do. T


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Linda BookLady 5 months ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA Level 4 Commenter

Wow... that's different! I've used paper maché before but didn't create something permanent. Of course, what is really permanent? Not much! Native Americans say that only earth and sky last forever. Anyhow, I celebrate your creativity and thank you for sharing your process with us!


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nelchee 5 months ago

Wow, these are some really ambitious projects! I never tried doing anything that large with papier mache, really. Both the gargoyle and the bugs are fantastic!

I do have a lens on papier mache home decor where I shared some of my work, if you want to check it out :)


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oddobjective 5 months ago

I have been wanting to do paper mache for a long time. I want to make Santa's and Reindeer in paper mache. You have re-inspired me to do it this year. Great lens.


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shellys-space 5 months ago from Midwest U.S.A.

These paper mache figures are so cool! It has been years since I did some fun paper mache projects.


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QuiltFinger 5 months ago from Tennessee Hub Author

@Lee Hansen: Thanks, Pastiche. I know you're the craft master!


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SheGetsCreative 3 months ago from Seattle, WA Level 5 Commenter

cool projects. pinned

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