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Finished size: About 24 inches (61 cm) high, 14 inches (23 cm) wide and 14 inches (35 cm) deep.
To make your giraffe, print the pattern and attach it to cardboard, cut out the pieces, and tape them together. Add a few bits of crumpled foil for the nostrils, eyelids and mane. And put some plaster in the neck to keep your giraffe from falling over. (The pattern shows you how.)
Then turn the cardboard armature into a permanent sculpture by adding paper mache and paper mache clay. You can find the recipea in the Art Library on this site.
The first few pieces you’ll tape are a little tricky, so be sure to watch the video below. After that, the pieces are quite large and go together quickly.
Watch the video below to see how to make your giraffe sculpture with this pattern:
To make this paper mache giraffe sculpture you will need:
- Copy paper or full-sheet labels
- Glue stick if using copy paper for pattern
- Cardboard from 3 standard-sized cereal boxes
- Pieces of corrugated cardboard from one or more shipping boxes
- Knife and sharp scissors for cutting cardboard
- Tape, both clear plastic tape and masking tape
- 2” Styrofoam ball, cut in half
- Aluminum foil
- Glue gun
- Plaster of Paris and two plastic bags, to weight the neck
- Paper strips and paste for ears and eyes, and paper mache clay* for everything else
- Acrylic gesso
- Acrylic paint and matte varnish
*You can find recipes for paper mache paste and paper mache clay in the Art Library tab at the top of this site.
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