pattern for a baby unicorn sculpture

Pattern for a Baby Unicorn Sculpture

$12

This adorable baby unicorn will be treasured for years – and yes, you can make it yourself.

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.

The baby unicorn shown above was made with one pound of Apoxie Sculpt. In fact, there was enough left over to make  his friend the Mini-Bunny. If you prefer, you can make your unicorn with traditional paper strips and paste, or use the DIY air-dry clay recipe in this site’s Art Library.

The basic shapes are first created with a pattern that you print on your own printer. Stick the pattern on cardboard and cut them out. Then add the rounded shapes with crumpled foil and hot glue, following the detailed instructions included with the pattern.

The unicorn shown above was painted with chalk paint, which gives it a nice soft coat – but any acrylic paint will work.

How I Painted My Baby Unicorn:

To make this sculpture you will need:

  • A small piece of corrugated cardboard, and some light card stock cut from a cereal box
  • Glue stick
  • A printer
  • Scissors
  • Bendable wire. Wire from a coat hanger would work well.
  • Aluminum foil
  • Glue gun and protective thermal thimbles to protect your fingers from the hot glue.
  • Small piece of tape.
  • Latex or Nitrile gloves if you’re using the Apoxie Sculpt.
  • Sculpting tools (or find anything that works that you already have around the house.)
  • One pound of Apoxie Sculpt, or a batch of the air dry clay recipe that you’ll find in the Paper Mache Art Library.
  • Acrylic Paint (I used Waverly chalk paint from Walmart, but you can use any acrylic paint.)
  • Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid (optional.
  • Brushes
  • Sandpaper (optional)
  • Matte acrylic varnish
$12

Do you have a question or need help with your pattern?

I love questions!

There are two ways to contact me:

The fastest way to get an answer is to leave a comment on this page. I read all comments and answer them as soon as I can, usually within a few hours. Some of my readers might also chime in to help – we have a very supportive community here on this site.

If you prefer to reach me privately, you can send an email to [email protected] – I get a ton of spam and I don’t want your email to get lost, so please put “paper mache” in the subject line. If you don’t hear back from me within 24 hours, assume the cyberspace gremlins ate your email and try again.

25 thoughts on “Make A Baby Unicorn with Apoxie Sculpt or Paper Mache”

  1. Amazing form and anatomy of the unicorn. I realize this is a foal and a bit smaller throughout its anatomy, the abdomen is a bit flat but your line is still amazing. I would’ve loved to see some pink undertones beneath the thinner areas of fine white hair and around the ears and brought more contrast against the black or salt and pepper mane. Thank you for sharing. Love your site! My First time here! I’ll be back.

  2. Dear Jonni, I wish you would make a pattern for a giraffes head like you did for your baby elephant. That was so much fun to put together and made it so much more realistic than if I tried just newspaper to get its shape. I know how busy you are but can You? Please

    • Oh dear – I made those using a computer program, and I’m not sure I could remember how to use it. But we all saw your zebra, so we know you can make a beautiful giraffe, too. Try using the crumpled foil instead of crumpled paper – it will feel more like you’re working with clay because it doesn’t fight you quite as much as paper does. I made my giraffe years ago. If you want to see how the armature was made click here.

      And when your giraffe is finished, be sure and let us see how it turns out.

  3. Oh my goodness Mrs. Good!!! I did my first paper mache animal about 15 years ago.
    I never used patterns. I probably sound very ignorant right now 😀 but I honestly had to look at at this video to understand what it is that you are selling when you mentioned “patterns”.
    You share so much valuable information in all the videos I have seen like why selling your art didn’t work out, or how to make cement sculptures, which is how I recently came across your site (thru YouTube.)
    You are so honest and open about everything, and you are a very charming, likable person. I love your site and videos!

    • Thanks, Yvette. I couldn’t find anyone who used patterns inside of their paper mache sculptures until I started doing it. I think I might have invented the idea, although it makes things so much easier I can’t imagine why people weren’t doing it before. Thank you so much for your kind comment about the site and the videos – I’m glad you’re enjoying them!

  4. Absolutely adorable, I love this little fella and bunny, and your tips for making proportioned animals, so clear. I hope you complete the Pegasus and how you make your wings will be fun to watch. Can’t wait for our rainy season to end now, it has to be a Spring thing for me just due to lack of space in the house. Ultimately I want to make yard installations, fantasy creatures that blend into the garden path and beds. Now to the drawing board. You do such great work, very inspiring. Happy New Year!

    • Thanks, Susan. I love the idea of fantasy creatures peeking out in a garden, as if they were actually living there. What material will you be using to make your garden sculptures waterproof?

  5. Jonni, My what a masterpiece! You are really talented and you put so much thought into your sculptures. I loved your explanation of how you do the various poses and was delighted to realize that I do that too and never realized it! You obviously imparted that wisdom without even directly addressing it because I learned everything from you. The pattern is sure to be a hit and congratulations on completing it….wow, 35 pages! If you are ever inclined to do yet another video on this baby unicorn, have it about the paint job. You did a masterful job. White is very difficult to do because it is never all truly white and it is difficult to make white look realistic like you did on this guy. Where will this sculpture reside? And in case I have not thanked you recently, thanks for all you do.

    • Thanks, Eileen. I did have the camera turned on while I added the paint, but my videography skills seem to be going down instead of up, and I’m not sure if I have enough footage to make sense. I will try, though, because I’ve never painted anything this way before, but I’m so happy with the results that I’ll be using the same methods a lot in the future. In fact, I’ll pull up the files now and see if any of it is useful. (I should know which buttons to push on my cameras by now, but I obviously don’t. I should take a class. I’ll put it on the list… )

      As soon as the varnish that Rex suggested arrives, I’ll probably finish them and put them on top of my bookcase.

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