Decorative and Practical Paper Mache

Guest Post – Paper Mache Chansey, by Jelina

Paper Mache Chansey, Front

Jelina offered to write another guest post, this time showing us how she built a paper mache “Chansey.” And now – here’s Jelina:


I hope that everybody knows Chansey, it’s a Pokemon that’s a kind of nurse with a little pocket on her belly where an egg fits in.

This is a picture of the real Chansey:

The "real" Chansey

The “real” Chansey

The idea to make a Chansey is not mine, it’s my sister that also loves Pokémon and she wanted a holder for a cellphone, so she asked me if I could make a Chansey, and het cellphone would fit in the pocket on the belly of the Chansey.

So I started by making an egg by blowing up a balloon, then I made the 2 arms with crumpled newspaper and taped them to the egg.

Paper Mache Chansey, Step 1

Paper Mache Chansey, Step 1

Then I made the feet, I made one ball of newspaper, and covered it with strips of newspaper. When it was totally dry I cut them in half so I had 2 feet.

The ball for the 2 feet

The ball for the 2 feet

The egg with the 2 feet

The egg with the 2 feet

As you see on the First picture, the chansey has a sort of hair (what else should I call it?)

That was the next thing I made. I made it with 6 pieces of cardboard, like you see on the next picture. And I filled it with little pieces of crumpled newspaper. Notice the little flaps on the left side, It makes it easier to attach it to the egg.

Making Chansey's Hair

Making Chansey’s Hair

The chansey with a face drawn on it, and I draw the place where the pocket should be

The chansey with a face drawn on it, and I draw the place where the pocket should be

Here you see the tail. I rolled up a sheet of paper and taped it, and attached it in the right position to the back of the egg.

Chansey's Tail

Chansey’s Tail

Then I covered it with white paper. I also pushed its arms a bit inside because they were to much sticking outwards. I think it really looks like the real Chansey.

Chansey Covered with White Paper

Chansey Covered with White Paper

Now I have to make the pocket and paint it.

Chansey's Pocket

Chansey’s Pocket

Here you see the little pocket on her belly. It is made from a ball of newspaper.

Then I painted it, and now it looks like this:

Paper Mache Chansey, Front

Paper Mache Chansey, Front

Paper Mache Chansey, Detail

Paper Mache Chansey, Detail

Paper Mache Chansey, Detail

Paper Mache Chansey, Detail

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About the author

Jonni Good

I'm a sculptor, author, gardener, and grandma. When I'm not catering to the needs of my obnoxious cat, I make videos, create stuff, and play around with paper mache. I'm also the author of several highly-rated books on paper mache. You'll find them in the sidebar, and on amazon.com

2 Comments

    • Hi Pete! Thanks for this comment, I really think it’s fantastic that you, Jonni and other readers – from America – like the creations from me – a 18-year-old student from Belgium – it’s really fantastic and exciting! Thanks!

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