Alpaca Sculpture Pattern for Paper Mache

Alpaca Sculpture Pattern

for Paper Mache


Alpaca Sculpture Pattern for Paper Mache

Create this alpaca sculpture with cardboard and paper mache, to bring the spirit of the Andes into your home.

The downloadable pattern makes it easy to create this unique sculpture. It will look beautiful on your bookcase or credenza, and your guests will love it. And they’ll be amazed when you tell them you made it yourself!

How to Make Your Alpaca Sculpture:

Alpaca Sculpture Pattern for Paper Mache

Print the pattern and put it on cereal box cardboard. Then cut out the pieces.

Alpaca Sculpture Pattern for Paper Mache

Tape the pieces together and add foam balls for eyes and some foil details. See the videos below to see how.

Alpaca Sculpture Pattern for Paper Mache

Add paper mache, or use DIY paper mache clay like I did, to make the wool texture on the alpaca’s neck and head.

Alpaca Sculpture Pattern for Paper Mache

Bring your alpaca to life with a few colors of acrylic paint.

Finished size:

About 16.5 inches (41.91 cm) high, 9 inches (22.86 cm) deep and 10.5 inches (26.67 cm) wide. The size can be changed by printing the pattern larger or smaller.

My downloadable PDF Patterns come with full instructions.

There’s no waiting for your pattern to arrive, and no shipping costs, so you can start on your project right away.

Note: If you’ll be saving your pattern to and iPhone or iPad, those devices like to hide your downloaded files. You can scroll down this page to see how to find them.

And remember – if you have any problems downloading your files or putting your pattern together, just let me know. I’m always happy to help.  🙂

Alpaca Sculpture Pattern for Paper Mache

Alpaca scupture with painting by Jessie Rasche, ©JessieRasche.com


Alpaca Sculpture Pattern for Paper Mache
Alpaca Sculpture Pattern for Paper Mache

Watch these videos to see how to make your Alpaca Sculpture:

1. Taping the Alpaca pattern, Part 1: In this video, I go over the steps for taping the top part of the alpaca and adding the foam eyes.

2. Taping the Alpaca pattern, Part 2: Now we get to add some foil details around the eyes and ears, and give our alpaca sculpture a weighted bottom.

3. Adding paper mache and paper mache clay: Now we get to add the paper mache and wool texture to our alpaca. I also gave it a base coat of warm white and two optional coats of transparent paint to bring out the shadows on the texture. This is the step that turns our pattern into a permanent, original sculpture.

4. Painting the eyes and muzzle on your new alpaca: This is the final step in completing the Alpaca Sculpture.

To make your alpaca sculpture, you will need:

  • The Pattern
  • Access to a Printer
  • Copy paper or full-sheet labels
  • Glue stick if using copy paper instead of the labels
  • Cardboard from 5 standard-sized cereal boxes or 9 letter-sized sheets of light chipboard.*
  • A scrap of corrugated cardboard about 6″ (15.24 cm) square
  • Sharp scissors for cutting cereal box cardboard and box cutter for the corrugated cardboard
  • Clear plastic tape and masking tape Note: Don’t use disappearing gift wrap tape – it isn’t strong enough.
  • Very small amount of Aluminum foil
  • One 1 1/4″ (3.175 cm) foam ball for the eyes
  • Glue gun
  • Paper strips and paste or paper mache clay. I used a small amount of paper strips and wood glue for the bottom and the eyes, and covered the rest with paper mache clay. (find recipes here)
  • Acrylic paint and varnish
  • Fake eyelashes (totally optional – you really don’t need them, but the do look really nice.)

* If purchasing cardboard in place of the cereal boxes, it will be sold as “light chipboard.” The thickness will be about 24pt or 1/41 of an inch. Medium or heavy chipboard is too stiff to bend well.


Alpaca Sculpture Pattern for Paper Mache
Alpaca Sculpture Pattern for Paper Mache

When you finish your alpaca sculpture…

We would really love to see how it comes out. Please visit the Daily Sculptors page and upload some photos. 🙂

Alpaca Sculpture Pattern for Paper Mache

Do you have a question or need help with your pattern?

There are two ways to contact me: The fastest way to get an answer is to leave a comment below. I read all comments and answer them as soon as I can, usually within a few hours. One of my readers might also chime in to help – we have a very supportive community here on this site.

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2 thoughts on “Alpaca Sculpture Pattern for Paper Mache”

  1. Hi jonni, First of all I love all that you do, everything you make is amazing, I’m commenting on regards to the eye lashes, you can get white lashes from Temu.com, hope this helps in case anyone wants to know…

    • Hi Joy. I did try white lashes, but the ones I bought from Amazon.com were made for Halloween, so they really didn’t work. But it would be worth shopping around for white ones, like you suggest, if you have the time. Thanks for the tip. 🙂


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