easy pattern for a bullfrog wall sculpture made with paper mache

Easy Pattern for a Giant African Bullfrog  Wall Sculpture

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A giant ‘faux trophy mount’ bullfrog? He’s big, he’s silly and he’s green – how could anyone not smile when they see him?

Yes, there is a very large green bullfrog who lives in Africa – but he’s not quite this big.

This is a downloadable PDF Pattern with full illustrated instructions: You’ll be able to download your pattern right after you order. You’ll also receive an email with the download link, and a separate receipt. The emails may take a few minutes to arrive. If you don’t see them, be sure to check your spam or promotions folder.

Be sure to download your pattern directly to your computer or device, so you can access it again later.

How to make your bullfrog:

This is an easy project because the pattern creates all the shapes for you.

  • Just print the downloadable pattern on cardstock.
  • Cut out the pieces.
  • Tape them together.
  • Add a layer of paper mache.
  • And then give him a coat of bright green paint – or use colorful tissue paper for the lovely green, like I did when I made my own bullfrog.

Hang him directly on the wall, or use a wooden plaque for that faux taxidermy look.

Watch the videos below to see how easy it is to make:

Finished size: About 5.5” (13.97 cm) deep, 5” ( 12.7 cm) high and 6.5” (16.51) wide.

To make this bullfrog sculpture you will need:

  • 110# card stock
  • A printer
  • Scissors
  • Clear plastic tape (like Scotch tape)
  • Peel N’ Stick Clear Laminate Adhesive Shelf Liner*
  • 1 1/2″ Styrofoam balls for the eyes.
  • Glue gun, to attach the eyes
  • Masking tape (both narrow and wide)
  • Aluminum foil, shredded paper or foam packing peanuts for stuffing inside the patterns to support them while you add the paper mache.
  • Old newspapers and paste, or blue shop towels and home-made gesso (that’s what I used) or a batch of my paper mache clay (recipes in the Paper Mache Art Library)
  • Acrylic Paint and Acrylic Medium
  • Colored tissue paper (optional)
  • Matte acrylic varnish

*You can find clear shelf liner in the housewares department of Walmart, or order it online. Or use clear tape. It’s to keep the card stock from getting wet when you add the paper mache.

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73 thoughts on “Easy Pattern for a Giant Green Bullfrog Wall Sculpture”

    • I love it! Did you actually use the patterns to cut out slabs of clay for this sculpture, or did you put the pattern together with cardstock, and then use that sculpture as the model for a free-hand sculpt? If I tried to explain your process to a friend who works with clay, what would I tell him?

      • I thought the glaze might not work but I’m pleased with how it turned out. Thanks for supplying the pattern Jonni.
        The plan was to cut the clay to the pattern but there were more pieces than I thought there would be and too many joins to smooth over so I made the pattern with card and then used that to model the clay. Having something to take measurements from made it easier to get the right look. I made him wider through the mouth as my dad used to make a joke about wide mouthed-frogs 🙂

        • Hi Angela – your way does sound easier. I’ve tried to convince people to use the patterns to make models for drawings, too, but I don’t think I’ve convinced anyone yet. (But it’s still a good idea. 🙂 )

          • I think for drawing or paintings you wouldn’t need a 3D model (as it’s 2 dimensional 🙂 ) but for 3D work the paper model is excellent. I have a bear in progress now!

  1. Yes I’m in a pottery club but it takes a while for the firings to come around. Will post when fired and glazed

  2. I thought you might like to see my clay frog – based on your pattern which I made from paper first as a model

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