45 Responses

  1. Megan
    Megan at |

    Hi Jonni,
    My lovely giraffe made in Kenya has lost one of his ears. Do you have a pattern from which I could construct a new one?
    Thank you.

  2. hannah
    hannah at |

    wow showmazing

  3. Nagasri
    Nagasri at |

    Hi ma’m,
    Im a great fan of your work its so inspiring!! Ma’m need i help in making a wearable giraffe and jackle masks.

  4. stan bluestein
    stan bluestein at |

    Hi again. I prepared another email and don’t know if it was sent. I just reviewed part 2 of your giraffe and neck and was impressed. My home is decorated in safari style. I had a life-sized, realist giraffe head and partial neck sculpture. Unfortunately, last week, a cabinet installer caused it to fall from its 8 foot high perch and shatter.

    I need to replace it but do not have the skills to do so as a craft. I would greatly appreciate any information about who may be available to replace my giraffe. My telephone number is 561 742-9400. I thank you in advance for your early reply.

  5. stan bluestein
    stan bluestein at |

    Hi; I was browsing for exactly what you’ve created: A life-sized, realist Giraffe head and partial neck. My home is decorated ala safari mode. 15 or more years ago, I bought one at an art show while in NC. My giraffe has just met an untimely death when a cabinet installer caused it to fall from its perch, at a height of 8ft, shattering it.

    I do not have the skills to create one as you did so well, but I wish to replace my original. Could you advise as to where and how I could buy one or have one made?

  6. shelby
    shelby at |

    im so glad i found your tutorial cause im about to attempt making a wearable giraffe mask and this has given me alot of good ideas on how to go about it all thanks to this i feel like its possible and not just some hopeless attempt. :D

  7. rodas
    rodas at |

    thanks for replying! i just have couple more question. would you make the head separately then adjust it to the neck? i did not understand what you meant by,”When I was satisfied with the clay sculpture, I added several layers of paper mache and allowed it to dry”.would you also paper mache the head on top of the modling clay, but would it not make the giraffe very heavy?
    “I then performed a very delicate operation to remove the clay from inside the head.” how would you do that? “The head was cut in half, the clay and crumpled paper was removed” i did not understand that whole sentence. please explain.
    so would you tape together the crumpled paper and then put the modeling clay
    on top of it. where would the paper mache process fit in all of this.
    please explain in detail.

  8. rodas
    rodas at |

    wow! you are amazing and sooo talented! i just got started on my giraffe and i need some tips on the material and the head. Here in africa there is not much supplies. and what is sculpey? the giraff’s neck and head is supposed to like a hat.
    how would you put the head on the neck? please reply soon before october 9th.

  9. Josh
    Josh at |

    This is bloody brilliant! I got the idea from an exhibition at my school ( i’m only 15) off a guy called jimmy lei who had done a gorilla thats about 4ft tall. It was really good but me being me i thought i could do better. I’m going for a whole giraffe, as it would have the best effect. It’s going to be about 10 metres tall, dependent on what the world record is, as i’ve done some research and there doesn’t seem to be a record for the largest cardboard giraffe. I’ve not even started yet to be honest but i’ll post pictures etc when i’m done. Thankyou for this article; it will be a huge help!

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  11. Shular
    Shular at |

    Two Questions:
    *1) Is this Giraffe sculpture a whole Giraffe or just the head and neck?
    *2) If this Giraffe is whole would it be able to sit on?

  12. Emma
    Emma at |

    Hi. I am a middle school student and am trying to make a 5ft CAMEL for school. Because of your technique and art skills, do you have any suggestions? We have about 3, maybe 4 weeks to make it. The camel will be around 5ft, maybe a little larger. I should have a group of 3 others helping me, not including my parents. Thank you.

    1. Emma
      Emma at |

      Also, do you know approximatly this may cost? And being very first timers, and ideas to make it simpler? Thank you

  13. Larien Kearns
    Larien Kearns at |

    Jonni, great site and desperately need advise… i need to make 2 full size camels for a christmas float by dec 3… the 3rd camel is lying down and ive started it using mesh wire and your clay but because its closer to the grown stability is not an issue but for the 7 ft camels im sure it will be… any advise regarding the base and stability issue would be greatly appreciated…. thanks larien

  14. Gary V.
    Gary V. at |


    I have been going over this giraffe article again and again. You did a great job! I had a question about this part:

    “When I first discovered that you could use joint compound to smooth a paper mache sculpture, it made things so easy I thought I was “cheating.” Now I can’t imagine not using this inexpensive product, which you can find at any hardware store. ”

    My question being: When you say smotth out the sculpture do you mean coating the entire thing (if need be) to get rid of wrinkles in the papaer mache?

    Thanks and I hope to hear from you!


  15. lety
    lety at |

    hola mi amigo, es usted un verdadero artista, por casualidad he encontrado su pagina mçy me es grato y satisfactorio pues segun yo tenia ganas de elaborar un proyecto de papel mache, especialmente una jirafa pero me da miedo pues nunca he echo uno, pero gracias a usted, hoy me he animado y lo voy a emprezar, deseeme suerte. gracias por su gran nobleza al compartir sus conocimientos y obras.


  16. Bobbie StCLair
    Bobbie StCLair at |

    I am elated to find your instructions! The nursing home residents and i are working on a float- we are making our bus into a circus wagon and I had my heart set on a giraffe sticking his head out the top! We are going to start work on this giraffe next week! Thank You!

    1. Bobbie StCLair
      Bobbie StCLair at |

      Our residents and I built “Henri” for our circus float- thank you for all the tips and instructions!

      Henri - paper mache circus float

  17. Casey
    Casey at |

    And Also It Has To Fit On My Head.

  18. Casey
    Casey at |

    your really clever.
    ive got to make a giraffe head but its got to be light because ive got to dance in it. Any other ideas ? x

  19. Rochelle
    Rochelle at |

    any suggestions on doing the full giraffe? With the legs and everything? I was thinking of making one for a parade float! I have two weeks!!

  20. raquel
    raquel at |

    hello i love your giraffe i am making a giraffe lamp for my hsc project this year and would like to use this tecnique for the top half of my giraffe as i am making a whole body lamp . the light will come out of the tail and i was just wondering if this head is heavy and if the body was also made out of paper masche would it be stable and be able to support it. i am going to reinforce the legs with wood or steal poles aswell but i was wondering if you think it would be strong enough also would you mind if i asked you a few more questions if i get suck later. thankyou very much


  21. Jenaye
    Jenaye at |

    wow so cool you have a really good talent.
    maybe you can teach me one day
    jokes haha


  22. Annaliese
    Annaliese at |

    This is so amazing!
    You must be really talented :D

  23. Rachele Ramirez
    Rachele Ramirez at |

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THESE INSTRUCTIONS. I will be assisting my mom and sister on this project and I’m so excited about it. Your giraffe is so beautiful and I think that the children will love this. We might be asking for some more tips if we get stumped. Thanks so much for your quick response. Hope you have a great week. We will send you pics and let you know how things worked out.

  24. V. Phillips
    V. Phillips at |

    That is so beautiful!! What talent you have, thanks for sharing.

    1. Michelle Johnston
      Michelle Johnston at |

      These directions are great, I am going to give it a try, my son (18) loves giraffes, when he comes home one weekend from college he may see one in his room, what a surprise, hope it works out, you are so talented, keep on doing what you do!! thanks for sharing these directions.


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