Make Beautiful Sculptures and Masks with Paper Mache and Paper Mache Clay

Sculpture and Mask Patterns

For a fast, easy start, check out my patterns for animal masks and sculptures. No experience is required to create paper mache art that will be treasured for years.

Paper mache recipes.

You can find all the traditional paper mache paste recipes on this site, plus my famous paper mache clay recipe (and several new variations). You can always find the recipe you’re looking for under the Recipes link at the tip of the site.

Or download my free booklet, The 5 Best Recipes for Paper Mache.

Paper Mache Tutorials.

If you’re looking for an idea for your next paper mache project, we’ve got lots – there are over 480 tutorials and projects on this site, and more are added all the time. You’ll find them organized by category on the Blog-Art Library page.

If you have a particular project in mind, try the search bar. You will always find the search icon at the top of the site.

Jonni Good, Paper Mache Artist

Paper Mache Community.

I’m Jonni Good, the creator of this site and the author of several best-selling sculpting books on You’ll find me on the Daily Sculptors page almost every day, along with many other friendly and supportive folks who love creating beautiful things with this exciting medium. Be sure to drop by and say “hi.” We’d love to meet you.

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185 thoughts on “Paper Mache – for Beautiful Sculptures and Masks”

  1. For a band prop we are going to attempt to make a 1/2 of a tree 12 foot long. We are looking for something that will set up fast and be durable for the 8 week season. Possibly getting rained on is also a concern. Please if you have any insight let me know

    • Hi Joe. You could make short sections of the trunk with a flat plywood back and semi-circles at regular intervals, maybe 24″ apart, along the length of each section. Cover the rounded parts with chicken wire, cover the wire with masking tape or duct tape, and cover the tape with paper mache or paper mache clay. The paper mache clay can be used to make bark textures, and it dries very strong.

      The sections would need to bolt together when they’re used, and I have no idea how to do that. If you intend to have limbs on your tree, you might be able to make them with rebar that’s bent and attached to the trunk with some hardware you find at the DIY store. The rebar can be rounded out with crumpled foil. Smaller wires could be attached to the rebar and filled out with the foil for smaller side branches.

      No paper mache recipe or product is waterproof, though. For short term display outside you can use marine varnish to seal the tree, and that will help if you bring it back inside to dry off between sessions. For long-term outdoor use, some people have good luck with Flex Seal, but other people have tried it and say it didn’t work at all. Good luck with your project – we would love to see it when it’s done.

  2. tip…made some clay using “Platinum Patch” spackle. Says it weatherproof. CLay turned out really nice. We’ll see how it turns out ! Wish me luck. trying to make outdoor piece.

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