I love papier mache crafts for children - papier mache is great for creating and sculpting fun three-dimensional projects, for hours of fun and enhanced creativity. You may need to make a few of these pens as they will want some for all of their friends. This idea was inspired by the adorable Olaf from Frozen.
We started creating our Olaf pens by inserting the end of the pen in a small styrofoam ball and wrapping the pens with newspaper to build out the body. We secured the newspaper in position with sticky tape.
We tore up some newspaper into little strips and used wallpaper paste, with some craft glue added, to glue a layer of the newspaper onto the pens. Just one layer of papier mache, left overnight to dry, is all you need to create a sturdy shell..
Now the really fun part - painting. We painted the entire papier mache surface in white, we gave it two coats to give a solid, bright white. When dry we drew Olaf's funny little face with pencil and then painted over the lines with black paint, and of course orange for the carrot nose.
For the twig hair we just glued some small strips of black felt on to the top of Olaf's head.
We sealed in the entire surface of the pen with one layer of Modge Podge, it goes on milky but dries clear to give a pen a shiny, wipe-down surface.
Let's draw. Let's write .....