Black Bear Faux Trophy Mount Paper Mache Pattern

Paper Mache Black Bear Wall Sculpture Pattern

This paper mache Black Bear “faux trophy mount” will make a real statement in any room.

And the downloadable pattern creates all the shapes for you, so it’s an easy project – even if you’ve never sculpted anything before.

You’ll print the pattern (PDF) on card stock. Then tape all the pieces together using the numbered tabs. When that’s done, you’ll have a three-dimensional bear that’s ready for his final coat of paper mache. The video  shows you how to put the pattern together, and the pattern also has full instructions.

Finished size: About 9.5” (241 mm) high, 10.3” (264 mm) wide and 12.5” (320 mm) deep.

Watch the video below to see how you’ll make your bear sculpture: 

The only small pattern pieces on this project are the nose, and it’s the very first thing you’ll do. After the nose patterns have been taped together, the rest of the project will go quickly. Your bear can be mounted directly on the wall, as shown above, or you could attach him to a wooden plaque for a true ‘trophy’ look.

To make this paper mache sculpture you will need:

  • 10 pieces of 110# card stock (I buy mine at Walmart, in the office department.
  • A printer (or take your pattern to your local copy store, and ask them to print it on card stock)
  • Scissors
  • Clear plastic tape (like Scotch tape), or Peel N’ Stick Clear Laminate Adhesive Shelf Liner (I buy this at Walmart, too)
  • 1” Wooden Balls for the eyes (the eyes don’t have to be wood – use something else if you have something round that fits.)
  • Glue gun, to attach the eyes
  • Masking tape (both narrow and wide)
  • Aluminum foil, shredded paper or foam packing peanuts for stuffing inside the pattern to support it.
  • Paper Mache (use paper strips and paste, or paper mache clay. Click on the Art Library link at the top of the page to find recipes for paper mache paste and pm clay.
  • Acrylic Paint and Acrylic Medium (optional)
  • Small Piece of Black Tissue Paper (for the eyes – optional)
  • Matte acrylic varnish

You might also like these patterns for paper mache sculptures:

To see even more patterns for sculptures and masks, click here.


You can ask in the comment field below. I read all the comments, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. Or send me an email – [email protected] – be sure to put “paper mache” in the subject line so your email won’t get accidentally deleted.

64 thoughts on “3-D Black Bear Faux Trophy Mount Pattern

  1. Aprox what size is this once it’s done? Do you think it could be easily converted into a mask?

    • Finished size: About 9.5” (241 mm) high, 10.3” (264 mm) wide and 12.5” (320 mm) deep. It could be made into a mask if you cut it behind the ears and under the chin, although you might have to print the pattern in a slightly different size to get it to fit. It goes together pretty fast, so it shouldn’t be hard to alter it to fit your face even if you have to make two or three to get it right.

  2. Hi Jonni,

    I am in the process of making this gorgeous bear, have enlarged the template as we needed him to be bigger and will be attaching him to a body..I have used your ideas for the baby elephant as a guide for the armature for the bear body..will post pics when complete..could you please tell me how you have made the eye lids? Is it more paper mâché strips or the clay? Can’t wait to get him finished and show you once completed..
    Thanking you in advance, love your inspiring!

    • Hi Teresa. This sounds like a great project. I can’t wait to see how it comes out!

      If you’re using the paper mache clay, it would be easy to make the eyelids by sculpting the pm clay into the right shapes. When I made my bear, I used brown paper strips and paste to cover the pattern, and since the moving van was on its way I didn’t have time to mix up any of the pm clay. But you can make nice details like eyelids with paper and paste. If you want the eyes slightly closed, just fold a pasted piece of paper several times so it’s fairly thick, and then place it over the eye so you get the expression you want. For fully opened eyes, you can roll the pasted paper into a thin noodle, and place it around the eye. Then use one more strip of paper to hold it all together and meld the shapes together. The heavy brown paper might be too stiff for this, so I’d move to newspaper strips for the eyes. (I can’t remember how I made the eyes for my bear, and I gave him away so I can’t go look at him. I need to make myself another one. 🙂 )

      • Thanks so much Jonni.. I will definitely try with the folded pasted paper, sounds like the result I want.. have to admit that I am becoming attached to him as his personality progresses, I may find it hard to give him away.. he is going to be part of a Jungle Book theme for my son’s Year 12 Ball next month so will send you a photo when he is all set in place.. thanks again for the tips..

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