Most of the projects and tutorials on UltimatePaperMache.com are free, but we added these special patterns because many of our readers asked for a way to help support the resources on this site.
The patterns are printable PDFs that can be downloaded instantly to your computer. You can get started right away using inexpensive materials. Instructions are included with the patterns, and many patterns also have videos available that you can watch online.
This life-sized Baby Indian Elephant has always been the most popular pattern on this site. Hundreds of people from all over the world have made baby elephants of their own, using the video and pattern. Click Here to Learn More.
Use this 3-D papercraft pattern to make your very own Baby African Elephant wall sculpture. It isn’t hard to make, but it will take time and patience to put the pieces together. Click Here to Learn More.
Yes, a Giant African Bullfrog “faux trophy mount” is a silly idea, but what child wouldn’t love this wall sculpture? It’s fun and fast to make with the 3-D papercraft pattern. You can finish it with colored tissue paper, like Jonni did, or use your acrylic paints. Click Here to Learn More.
You can make this Baby Unicorn sculpture with cardboard, foil and Apoxie Sculpt. Or use the home-made Smooth Air Dry Clay recipe that you’ll find in the Art Library. This pattern comes as a 33-page downloadable PDF. Click Here to Learn More.
Buy the patterns for both the Baby Unicorn and his little Rabbit friend together and save $2.99. The downloadable Zip file comes with both printable PDF patterns and all instructions. Click Here to Learn More.
You can make your baby panda playing with a ball, like I did, or move his legs and arms so he’s sitting in a different position. This is a fun project, and the finished sculpture is adorable! Click Here to Learn More.
This Black Bear Faux Trophy Mount is an easy project, because the 3-D papercraft pattern creates all the shapes for you. Just download the pattern, print it on card stock, tape it together, and cover it with paper mache. Click Here to Learn More.
You can use this pattern along with the videos on this site to create a paper mache raccoon of your own. Jonni “painted” her raccoon with colored tissue paper, but you can use acrylic paint if you prefer. Click Here to Learn More.
This is definitely not the paper mache you remember from grade school!
Jonni’s patterns make sculpting with paper mache easy. Even if this is your very first sculpture, these patterns will help you make a work of art that you can be proud of.
These patterns were designed by Jonni Good, a paper mache sculptor, the author of several popular books about paper mache, and the inventor of the now-famous paper mache clay recipe that can be used to replace messy paper strips and paste.
About the Sculpting Patterns:
Some of these patterns are used inside an armature. You print them out, add them to cardboard, and fill out the forms with crumpled paper or foil. Some of these patterns, like the Life Sized Baby Elephant, have been downloaded by thousands of people who have successfully created their own paper mache sculptures, even if they’ve never made a paper mache sculpture before.
The 3-D papercraft patterns create all the shapes for you. Just print them out, tape them together, and add paper mache or paper mache clay.
Do you have to use paper mache to create sculptures with these patterns?
No. The patterns shown on this page can be made with traditional paper strips and paste, with Jonni’s paper mache clay recipe, or her silky-smooth air-dry clay recipe in place of the paper and paste. Or, you can use Apoxie Sculpt or any other brand of epoxy clay to make your sculpture, if you’d like it to be waterproof. Check out the Paper Mache Library for recipes.
Painting your finished paper mache sculpture:
You can use any type of paint that will work on paper. Most people use acrylic artists paint or craft paint.
You will want to wait until the paper mache is completely dry all the way through before painting, and be sure to give your sculpture plenty of time to dry – this is not an “instant” art form.
After painting, you might want to seal the sculpture with an acrylic varnish. If you live in a humid environment, this is very important, because you won’t want your sculpture to draw moisture from the air.
Share your new sculpture:
When your sculpture is finished, we would love to see it! Please post a photo in the comments below, or come visit our community on the Daily Sculptors page and post a photo there. You’ll find a link to it at the top of the page.
Would you like to know how to make your own original paper mache sculpture patterns or masks?
The best way to take your sculpting skills to the next level is to read one of Jonni’s paper mache books. The books are written with full instructions for the projects inside, but you’ll also learn all the skills you need to create completely original sculptures of your own, using her easy methods. Her books are almost always among the most popular paper mache books on Amazon.com, and many of our regular readers found this site after making the projects in the books.
You can find Jonni’s books here:
- Make Animal Sculptures with Paper Mache Clay
- How to Make Masks
- Make Tiny Paper Mache Dogs
- Make Adorable Baby Animal Dolls
Do you have questions about these patterns?
Just ask! I respond to every comment as quickly as I can.