Paper Mache Animals

Paper Mache Animals

Summer is my family’s favorite season to play outside and enjoy the sunny weather. When I realized that some messes are just easier to tidy up outside, we even started crafting out there! Doing paper maché and painting projects are perfect outdoor activities if you have a picnic table or can cover your patio set with scrap paper. That way, being messy is totally allowed!

Paper Mache Animals

When’s the last time you worked with paper maché? I actually haven’t had much experience with it, but it’s so easy to do! For today’s project, I first made a base structure and then applied the paper and glue mixture on top. Once it’s dried, paint away and you have a little piece of art! We had fun making these cute animal faces, but you could make any shape you like!

Paper Mache Animals

What You Need

Paper Mache Animals
  • Newspaper (pages and strips)
  • Recycled cardboard box
  • Paper maché mixture (recipe below)
  • Tape
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes


Paper Mache Animals
  1. Crumple newspaper into a ball and then tape it together. Cut two ear shapes out of your recycled cardboard to match the head.
  2. Cover the ears with tape, and then tape them onto your ball.
  3. Repeat these steps to make different animal heads.
  4. To make the paper maché mixture, stir together 1 part flour with 2 parts water. Mix until there are no lumps left, and add more water or flour until you are happy with the consistency – it should be similar to white glue. Dip a strip of newspaper into the paste and use your fingers to remove the excess. Apply the strip onto the animal head and repeat this until the head is fully covered.
  5. Let dry for at least 24 hours.
  6. Now the fun part – painting! Paint the animal heads however you like. Let dry completely, and then display on a shelf or glue a little loop on the back to hang on the wall.
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Happy crafting!


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