Papier-Mâché Pets

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Papier-Mache Pets

What you'll need

  • Papier-Mâché Paste (see Step 1)
  • Newspaper cut into roughly 4" x 2" strips
  • Aluminum foil
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard paper towel tubes
  • Acrylic paints and paint brushes
  • Doo-dads ( buttons, pompoms, felt, fabric swatches, fur)

How to make it

  1. Make the Papier-Mâché Paste. You will need: 4 cups water, 1/2 cup All-Purpose Flour and 3 Tablespoons sugar.

     

     

    Bring 2 cups of the water to a boil in a saucepan. Meanwhile, combine the flour and 2 cups of cold water in a bowl. Stir the paste into the pan of boiling water and bring the mixture back to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the sugar. Let the mixture cool (it will thicken as it does), and it's ready to use.

  2. While the paste cools, shape your animals.

     

    For each creature, crumple newpaper into balls for main body shapes.

  3. Mold sheets of aluminum foil over the shapes and tape them together to create a torso.

  4. Attach more foil to shape a neck, a head, a tail, horns, ears and other rounded body parts.

  5. Now, it's time to apply the Papier-Mâché. Tear the newsprint into strips. Individually dip the strips into the paste, remove any excess paste by running the paper through your fingers, then stick the strips onto the animal.

  6. Continue until the entire surface is covered. Apply two more layers of strips and allow the Papier-Mâché to thoroughly dry (it may take overnight).

  7. Once it dries, your child can paint the creature any way he/she likes -- the more whimsically, the better!

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