Downloadable (PDF) Pattern for a Paper Mache
Bongo Antelope Sculpture
You don’t need any sculpting experience to create this Bongo Antelope wall sculpture — the downloadable pattern creates all the shapes for you.
This colorful antelope with his long twisted horns will bring the beauty of Africa into your home. It also makes a wonderful gift for anyone who loves animals – especially when you tell them you made it yourself!
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.
Scroll down to watch the videos, so you can see exactly how to put your pattern together and how to finish it with paper mache and paint.
How to Make Your Bongo Antelope Sculpture:
Finished Size: About 22.5 inches (19.3 cm) high, 17 inches (43.18 cm) wide and 9 inches (22.86 cm) deep.
Click here if you’d like to know more about how the patterns are delivered. 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. 😀
Part 1: Taping the Bongo Antelope Pattern – the Face and Eyes
The pattern also includes screen shots of every piece to show you how to put the pattern together, but if you need extra help, come back to this page and watch the videos.
Part 2: Taping the Horns and Ears
After you have eyes on your antelope, plus a little bit of detailing around the eyes and nose with foil (shown in the previous video) the rest of the pieces go together easily. However, those long horns do have a lot of pieces, so give yourself plenty of time to tape them together.
Part 3: Putting it All Together
This part is really easy. Just match the bottom of the horns and ears to the pattern pieces on the head that are exactly the same shape. After the horns and ears are on, you’re ready to add a layer of paper strips and paste, or paper mache clay.
Part 4: Adding Paper Mache and Paint
You can use paper strips and paste, like I did, or use paper mache clay, instead. You’ll find recipes under the “recipes” tab at the top of this site. You can also paint your Bongo Antelope any way you want to – you certainly don’t have to experiment the way I did. 🙂
Be sure to look at photos of Bongo Antelopes to use for your model while you paint.
To make your Bongo Antelope wall sculpture, you will need:
- The downloadable pattern.
- Access to a Printer
- Copy paper or full-sheet labels
- Glue stick if using copy paper instead of labels
- The front and back from from 6 standard-sized cereal boxes, or 12 pieces of letter-sized “light
chipboard*” that you can purchase online.
- You’ll also need a piece of corrugated cardboard for the back piece, about 8” by 10” (20.32 x
- Sharp scissors for cutting cereal box cardboard and box cutter for corrugated cardboard.
- Clear plastic tape and masking tape. Note: Don’t use disappearing gift wrap tape – it isn’t strong
- A small amount of aluminum foil for sculpting details.
- 1.25” (3.175 cm) foam ball for the eyes.
- Hot glue gun (optional)
- Paper strips and paste or paper mache clay.
- Acrylic gesso or latex primer
- Acrylic paint and acrylic varnish.
* If purchasing cardboard in place of the cereal boxes, it will be sold as “light chipboard.” Medium or heavy chipboard is too stiff to bend well.
When you finish your Bongo Antelope sculpture:
Please come back and show it off on the Daily Sculptors page – we would love to see how it comes out! 🙂
Do you have a question or need help with your pattern?
If you have a question about putting your pattern together or painting it, leave a comment below or on the Daily Sculptors page. I read all comments and answer them as soon as I can, usually within a few hours. Some of my readers might ideas for you, too — we have a very supportive community on this site.