Paper Mache Tutorials

Some of the tutorials on this site are shown below – but there are many more. (At last count, there were 53 tutorials, with more coming all the time). To see all the paper mache tutorials on the blog, click here. And to see all of the other posts on this site (over 200 and counting) click here. You can also download the free Practical Paper Mache ebook, which was created by readers of this blog, here.

Paper Mache Clay Tutorials

Paper Mache Clay Frog:

Paper Mache Clay Frog
Paper Mache Clay Frog

Paper Mache Clay Butterflies:

Paper Mache Clay Butterflies
Paper Mache Clay Butterflies

Paper Mache Clay Snowman:

Paper Mache Clay Snowman
Paper Mache Clay Snowman

Traditional Paper Mache Tutorials:

Life-Sized Baby Elephant Sculpture:

Large Paper Mache Baby Indian Elephant
Large Paper Mache Baby Indian Elephant

Paper Mache Bluebirds:

Paper Mache Bluebirds
Paper Mache Bluebirds

Paper Mache Piggy Bank

Paper Mache Piggy Bank
Paper Mache Piggy Bank

Paper Mache Baby Sperm Whale Wall Hanging

Paper Mache Whale Wall Hanging
Paper Mache Whale Wall Hanging

Paper Mache Orangutan Mask

Paper Mache Orangutan Mask
Paper Mache Orangutan Mask

African Ceremonial Mask

African Ceremonial Mask
African Ceremonial Mask

Paper Mache Dragon

Paper Mache Dragon
Paper Mache Dragon

Paper Mache Lop-Eared Bunny

Paper Mache Lop-Eared Bunny
Paper Mache Lop-Eared Bunny

Paper Mache Rabbit Sculpture

Paper Mache Rabbit Sculpture
Paper Mache Rabbit Sculpture

Paper Mache Panda Sculpture

Paper Mache Panda Sculpture
Paper Mache Panda Sculpture

Paper Mache Long-Beaked Echidna Sculpture

Paper Mache Long-Beaked Echidna Sculpture
Paper Mache Long-Beaked Echidna Sculpture

Paper Mache Horse Sculpture (see links below)

Paper Mache Horse Sculpture
Paper Mache Horse Sculpture

This last tutorial is a series of posts showing my progress with a fairly complicated and advanced animal sculpture that took two weeks to complete. To read the posts from first to last, follow these links:

Seasonal Decorations:

Christmas Tree Ornaments
Christmas Tree Ornaments
Valentines Day Bouquet
Valentines Day Bouquet

Be sure to also check out the many other tutorials and posts on this site.

If you have any questions about any of the tutorials, or just want to sound off, please remember to leave a comment. Your comments make this blog much more fun for me to create.

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  1. Diana
    Diana at |

    Hi Jonni-
    I have recently gave birth to my son and while I was pregnant I did a paper mache cast of my belly and bust. Problem is the bust is detaching from the belly portion as the paper while drying did not get a good bond. Do you know of any way I could repair the bust to the belly? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Diana

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  2. Roald Santos
    Roald Santos at |

    hello, i am now planning making a paper mache mask using balloon as the base, can i cover only the half of the balloon? because i only need one mask , can I ? thanks love this site

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  3. Debbie Marlow
    Debbie Marlow at |

    Hi Jonni you inspired me to start paper mache. I bought your book but I have not made anything because I have no been able to get styrofoam . I did make the echidna It came out good used pine needles instead of toothpicks. I need more more ideas I like animals but I want to do whimsical stuff. I have looked all over the net and found some stuff like standing mice/rats. Can you tell me if there is any books at the library for my kind of ideas. Thanks you my life is just alot more fun. I’m a stay at home grandmother and I needed just a little something of my own to do on my off time weekends. It’s only been a month since i picked up paper mache. One more thing why do i see people useing just glue and not flour in their p.m It looks alot more smoother.

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  4. Karen
    Karen at |

    Bit of an unusual question but I am making papier mache cones, as containers for fir cones I have soaked in different chemicals, to make coloured flames when set on fire. (Christmas presents for people with open fires/barbecues). The idea is that when the fir cones are gone, you could even burn the paper cones, so I have made them with a flour/salt/water paste (which may also spark different colours when burnt). I would like to paint them but want to use something that is safe to burn. Any suggestions?

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  5. kaira james
    kaira james at |

    this is some great pictures and i love papier mache!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. shalini
    shalini at |

    Hi Jonni,
    i want to make a costume for my 3 year old for a fancy dress competition. I intend to dress him as a pineapple. I planned to do paper mache over a plastic barrel which i have cut off on both ends so it can hang around him, i am a complete novice with paper mache.. how should i go about with it? i live in India and the local hardware stores dont have anything called joint compound. Also if i used layers of paper will it become too heavy . I dont intend to remove the plastic barrel. do give me some guidance as to how i should go about with my project. thanks, shalini

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  7. Sree
    Sree at |

    Hi Jonni,

    I want to make a peacock body with paper mache and put real feathers to it. I want to make little bigger body so i can put long tail falling down. Can you please give me suggestions how to make the body with some support.

    Thanks in advance
    Sree

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  8. Gary Jackson
    Gary Jackson at |

    I’d like to make a big, wearable mask, a lot like this guy (warning, this is a still from the movie Alien):

    http://www.imdb.com/media/rm4196243456/ch0027252

    How do I get started on something like that?

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  9. nfitz
    nfitz at |

    what compound do you use instead of dap

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  10. Armando
    Armando at |

    Does anyone have a paper mache of a raccoon. I need to see what one looks like for a project.

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  11. Oz Tilson
    Oz Tilson at |

    Hello and thank you so very very much for this wonderful site. My kids and I have had so much fun making things that you have taught us.

    I would really like to make some yard sculptures. I have kids and they have friends. So it is a guarantee that these will be climbed on. Can you offer any advice in that?

    I wonder if this is the best medium or if I should use something else.

    Any advice from your treasure trove of a mind would be greatly appreciated!

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  12. Chris
    Chris at |

    Hi,

    First of all, I love your website, there are some beautiful sculptures and your tutorials are very clear. I’m a complete novice at all this and it’s given me encouragement to have a go!

    I have a question which relates to a mini-project I was thinking of undertaking. I’m attending a fancy dress party in a few weeks and my idea for a costume includes horns which would be ‘stuck’ to my head. I think I can use your recipe for paper mache clay to make the horns, but can you make any recommendations for how I might stick the finished items to my head? I was thinking of sticking something like fabric or latex to the bottom of the horns with super glue or similar, then using make up adhesive to stick the whole thing to my scalp. Does this sound sensible? Or do you think there is some way I could apply the horns directly to my scalp without an extra layer?

    Any and all advice welcomed!

    Thanks,

    Chris

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  14. Julie
    Julie at |

    Yes, I think we could add a hanger with epoxy glue…I was just worried it might damage the paper mache’. We want to angle the turtle and I was concerned that the weight might eventually pull a chunk out of the piece.

    I also thought about drilling a small hole into the chest/neck area, putting a screw-type of small hanger in there and filling that up with glue.

    It seems very well made and I may be anxious for no good reason, just not familiar with this type of art. We paid quite a bit of money for it (and now seeing your tutorials, I think I could do this…nonetheless) I don’t want to damage it.

    Please let me know what you think. I am ever so grateful for this forum!

    Julie

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  15. Julie
    Julie at |

    Hi,

    We bought a large paper mache sea turtle. It is beautiful and we’d like to hang it on our screen porch, however it needs another hanger added to it to hang correctly. The only way to hang this now is from its tail straight down. We’d like to add the hanger to its chest so we can angle it on the wall. Is there anyway to attach an extra loop or wall hanger on it?

    It’s length is 30″; the width of its flippers is 46″ and it weighs about 5 lbs.

    Thanks for you advice.

    Julie

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  16. Michael Johnson
    Michael Johnson at |

    I am going to make a life size American Bison head and chest, using your mache clay. I think I will use wire for the base upon which I will put the clay. Because of its large size, how thick should the sides be to be stable and yet still be light enough to hang on a wall?

    I will send photos and let you all know how it gos. Thanks for the help.

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  17. Nancy
    Nancy at |

    Hi,

    I’m in the midst of a project restoration and I have several older and newer paper mache rabbits that have lost their glass eyes. Can you tell me the best way to insert the glass eye so it doesn’t fall out?

    Thank you.

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  18. Homer Brown
    Homer Brown at |

    I have two antique paper mache Christmas Angels (approximately 30″ X 14″). One has a wing that is separating from the body, and I need to find a way to repair it, or to find a professional who can repair it. Any ideas?? I can submit a photo if it woill help.

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  19. Stuart Hall
    Stuart Hall at |

    I’m working on a window display for a bookstore and need some advice. The concept is a “forest of stories.” I’ve collected 7 nine foot branches that I plan to display like tree trunks in the window but I want them completely covered in torn out pages of old novels. So the look like trees made up of stories. Can any one recomend a way to go about doing this? It needs to be cost effective.

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  20. Jacquie
    Jacquie at |

    Hi there Jonni,

    My name is Jacquie and I recently saw your elephant tutorial on youtube! Great job!! It looks amazing! I was wondering if you would have some tips for me. At my job we have an incentive to go to california at the end of the year if we reach our sales goals. As a keyholder I was thinking that I would create a somewhat light weight airplane out of paper mache, or perhaps some other product, that I would be able to make somewhat realistic to put the associates goals and pictures on the windows. What do you think, would paper mache be a good product? I noticed your elephant had a lot of weight to it and I was kind of thinking of something not so heavy, is there a way to do that?
    Thank you:) Jacquie

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  21. Squalle
    Squalle at |

    Hi!

    I’m preparing to start my first paper mache project. I’ve been thinking and planning for some time, but I’m not sure of a few things and was wondering if you could shed some light for me.

    I wanted to build a computer. So I’m wondering… how much heat can paper mache withstand?

    I also would need to “build” it in parts and assemble them, but always being able to unassemble and reassemble them easily (hinges?). What is best to use to fasten two paper mache objects together? Or is there a way to use regular screws?

    Any thoughts, ideas comments are greatly appreciated.

    Great site, keep up the good work!
    Squalle

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  22. John
    John at |

    Hi Jonni

    I like making monsters out of paper mache myself. But your bunny sculpture actually made me go ” awwww, so cute.” Thanks for helping us realize there’s more to paper mache than balloons and newspaper stripes. Bloody good job!

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  23. nonna
    nonna at |

    Dear Jonni, I wanted to share with you an idea that I have for Christmas gifts this year..we are from Texas but most of my extended family lives back in Georgia..all of my little great nieces and nephews are fascinated with Texas…so this year I am going to attempt to sculpt a little Longhorn..with a Texas flag painted on it’s side…using your paper mache technique..I was able to make a passable Georgia bulldog so this will be my next attempt…I’m thinking of making a mold so that I can reproduce the sculpture instead of making all new ones…havent tried that..but nothing ventured nothing gained…thanks for your website…Ive learned so much from you..nonna

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  24. Sally Adams
    Sally Adams at |

    Dear Jonni, What an inspiration you are! I shall be making your bluebirds for my Christmas tree this year. Many thanks,
    Best regards, Sally

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  25. callum
    callum at |

    hi joni i ove all the work because its fun easy and chea ive been doing paper mache masks for about 4 months now and currently making one for halloween
    i was wondering if you knew any other way to make paper mache clay because i cant find any borax thank you

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  26. Dodie Clark
    Dodie Clark at |

    I want to make molds but do not know where to start.

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  27. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth at |

    Hello, Jonni,
    I was looking up the link you give to ‘Activa Li-Qua-Ché Pourable Papier Maché’ – for making paper mâché ornaments and Dionysus, but found there is a page/link error. Blick ask to report it to you in case you are unaware of it. Also, when you paste the substance name at Blick, it registers as not known.

    I have Googled ‘Activa Li-Qua-Ché Pourable Papier Maché’ and found other references to ‘Celluclay’, etc.

    Sorry to have to be ‘the messenger’ but I hope this helps you.
    Elizabeth

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  28. Nona Reavis
    Nona Reavis at |

    Jonni-

    I found your website by sure LUCK!… LOL… I am a photographer and well honestly buying photography props from a photography supply store is well OUCH!!! on the pocket book if you know what I mean. So I have taken it upon myself to make a photo prop that I seen and have been wanting… Helps when you have an Artistic mind and can make things. So I am making the bottom half of a cracked open egg shell for a baby to be posed in. I tired to do you paper mache clay and well it didnt work out to well for me but the Joint Compound mades a great bonding agent.

    Have a wonderful day and cant wait to see more.
    Hugs
    Nona

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