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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 on copy paper or full-sheet labels.
- Attach the pattern pieces to cardboard.
- Cut out the pieces.
- Tape them together.
- Add a few bits of crumpled foil for the nostrils, eyelids and mane.
- Put some plaster in the neck to keep your giraffe from falling over. (The pattern shows you the no-mess way to do it.)
- Add paper mache and paper mache clay. You can find the recipes in the Art Library on this site.
- And add the spots with acrylic paint.
The first few pieces you’ll tape together 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.
What others are saying about this pattern:
This is the heads attached to helmets.
This pattern was so much fun to make. This was my first experience with paper mache, maybe ever. I watched the YouTube video first, and that really helped with putting the mouth together. I’m a horrible painter, but I ordered the Filbert Grainer recommended in the cow painting video. That brush is awesome. Also, I used light Ardell eye lashes on the top eye lids and a fuzzy yarn inside the ears. Adding the clear fingernail polish on the eyes and inside the nostrils added a touch of realism
The paint hasn’t quite dried but oh my goodness how amazing does this look? I can’t thank you enough. I have had so many compliments and your pattern was so easy to follow and the pieces fitted together perfectly. I had so much fun making this.
I can’t paint and do justice like you can so I went for a fur covering.
When my daughter needed a giraffe costume for her high school musical production of The Ark, I found your patterns. I used the giraffe pattern to make a head that I attached to a bicycle helmet. I skipped a few steps, leaving the paper mache clay as the final layer. I never could have made such a detailed model without your pattern. Many thanks!
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