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This goose pen holder would be a great present for anyone who works in an office. It would also look really nice holding a dried flower arrangement.
The goose is easy to make with crumpled foil, paper strips and paste. You’ll also need a glue gun for the foil, and some acrylic paint.
I was able to make my goose in one day because there’s only two layers of paper mache. It’s also really cold outside so the furnace is running, and that means I could put her over the heat register where hot moving air would dry her quickly.
The basic plan is to fill a small plastic bag with rice (or dry cat food), cover it with crumpled foil to give yourself a very strong form, and then cover that with paper strips and paste.
The traditional paper mache worked just fine, but the air dry clay recipe would work well, too, if you happen to have the ingredients on hand. It wouldn’t take much for such a small project.
You can make paper strips and paste smooth with the gesso recipe on this site. I didn’t use it this time because I wanted a project that anyone could make with supplies they already have on hand. She still came out OK, even without that final step.
If you have any ideas for cute and easy paper mache gifts, let us know. It’s that time of year … 🙂
And if you make a pen holder yourself, please let us see how it turned out!