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I confess – I’ve been a slacker lately when it comes to paper mache sculpture, and I’m starting to feel guilty about letting my blog go for so long without a new post. I have good excuses, of course. I’ve been building a chicken house, reading up on gardening, and entertaining guests. But, excuses aside, I sometimes need to throw myself into something different in order to recharge the creative batteries.
I spent a few days with my grandson last week, so it seems like a good time to concentrate on projects that younger artists would enjoy. Here’s a few great paper mache projects I found for kids:
This is the rabbit at the top of this post. I love the photo of a three-year old helping to put paper strips and paste on the bunny’s head. The puppet is made with a paper mache bunny head and ears, and a fabric “body” where the hands go. It’s a great idea for younger artists. http://bkids.typepad.com/bookhoucraftprojects/2008/07/project-29-pupp.html
This post is wonderful, because it gives complete, detailed instructions for teachers and parents. And the little buildings the kids make in this project are quite lovely. I think I might have to make a few for myself. (Hmmm – a tiny village for the “little people” tucked in among the cabbages? I still have some of that marine varnish left over from the paper mache tortoise.). http://www.artforsmallhands.com/2010/06/papier-mache-buildings.html
This post shows how the artist created a sculpture based on the Nightmare Before Christmas. It would be too advanced for younger artists to make themselves, but it sure would be a fun decoration for an older child’s bedroom (assuming the “nightmare” part wouldn’t keep them awake). Very nicely done, and great photos, too. http://monstermade.webstarts.com/props_2.html
This project was designed by a very creative parent as a way to encourage boys to participate in a garden tea party – not something most boys would do in public. So, to make it more fun for both boys and girls, the author had them make their own plates and cups out of paper mache. (She didn’t say if the tea party itself was a success). http://craftsforkidlets.com/garden-series-tea-set/
These mirrors are bright, creative, and fun.
That’s it for today’s post. The sun is shining, and I still haven’t finished that chicken house….