Paper Mache Chihuahua is Finished

Paper Mache Chihuahua

Making a Paper Mache Chihuahua, Part 3

See Part 2 here.

Doesn’t she look cute, sitting between the baby elephant’s feet?

This little paper mache Chihuahua was a lot of fun to make. I took more time than I needed to — it would be possible to make this sculpture in three days, if someone was in a hurry. For instance, if someone needed to make a really fast present for Valentine’s day. ๐Ÿ™‚

If you’d like to make a tiny paper mache Chihuahua, click here for the downloadable pattern.

The tiny size made it easy for me to leave out a lot of detail, like sculpted eyes or toes. I could have used a stiff brush to make ‘fur’ in the home-made gesso, but I decided I didn’t even want that much detail. The simplicity of the project really appealed to me for some reason.

The wire armature makes it easy to change the posture and capture the attitude that you want, while still keeping all the proportions right. To see how the first step of this project, click here.

As I mention in the video, I had so much fun making this little sculpture that I made lots more. You can see them all in my book Make Tiny Paper Mache Dogs. It’s now available on

66 thoughts on “Paper Mache Chihuahua is Finished”

  1. Hello Jonni,

    Thank you for sharing all your paper mache tips! I hope to be making paper mache doll figurines and would like to follow the method you use with the wire.
    What kind of wire is it exactly? The hardware store has many and I donโ€™t want to get one too feeble or too thick.
    Thank you for your help!

    • Hi Sydney. The best wire to use is aluminum, because it bends easily and doesn’t rust. I think I used some wire I had around the house for my Chihuahua, but when I made more wire armatures for tiny dogs I ordered 1/8″ armature wire from Your local art store should also have some, and the hardware store might have aluminum wire, too.

  2. Hi Jonni! I just LOVE and APPRECIATE your tutorials! I am going to be teaching paper mache at my children’s homeschool co-op this fall and I am planning on using some of your tutorials and recipes for my class. Thank you for sharing your gifts and talents with all of us!
    I have a quick question. Can our paper mache creations be sprayed with a clear varnish once it’s dry….verses a brush on varnish?
    Be blessed!

  3. Hi Jonny,
    Thank you for taking the time to make the book on Dog Paper Mache. I have had it on my Amazon wish list and my son bought it for my Birthday. It was quite satisfying spending my birthday making my little Basset hound, unfortunately I had a slight wobble when the ears, which I had made very big, were unable to bear the weight of the paper and paste. I made new ears with wire reinforcement, but they weren’t quite the position that the first one took. A small thing I know, but I am sure you understand what I mean. Other people don’t notice but I do! Anyway, thought you would like a look at my first born Basset Hound.

    • Hi Laura. What a nice son you have! I do understand the issue with not getting things quite, exactly, perfectly right – that happens to me every time I make a sculpture. But I think your basset hound is adorable. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Hi Jonni! Last year I found your site exactly when you posted your video “Making a Wire Armature for a Paper Mache Chihuahua” and right then, on the spot, I decided to give it a try. Meanwhile, life got in the way and my little Chihuahua was put aside until recently when I decided to finish it.
    I just wanted to show you the final result { I just love it!! } and tell you that I think your work is amazing!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much for sharing your expertise, I have learned a lot from your videos and I will keep following whenever I have the chance!

  5. I’ve just discovered your site for this fun art form. I have a very basic question: What gauge armature wire is the best to use?

    I have thoroughly enjoyed viewing your videos. Thanks for sharing this information with all of us.

    • Hi Marti. The best weight will depend on how big your sculpture will be. If you’re using the wire to hold up the armature while you add the paper mache, it needs to be strong enough to hold the weight of the wet paper and paste, but you don’t want it so strong that it’s hard to bend. For the tiny dogs I made for my book, I used 11.5 gauge wire. Bigger sculptures would need heavier wire.

      • Thank you so much for the quick reply. I’m not sure yet what I’ll make, but I just know that I will make something.

        Cheers …


  6. Hi Jonni,

    You sculpturals are awesome! You are doing a great job! I have spending a few days watching your videos. Loved it!
    My son has a school proyect ( elementary school) it is about a Tarsier animal. The Tarsier is unusual mammal live is Southeast Asia, in rainforest and bambo forests in the Philippines and Indonesia. Tarsier have anourmous eyes, a long tail and pads at the ends of each of their fingers and toes. They are about the size of squirrel. Do you have any idea how to make one on PaperMache. Thanks a lot for your time!


    • Hi Clara. I don’t think I have any primates in the tutorials, except for a few references to chimpanzees, and a gorilla mask. That won’t help much, I’m afraid. However, if your son changed the shapes on the baby panda pattern to look more like a tarsier, I think the basic instructions on that page would be very helpful.

      I would love to see your son’s sculpture when it’s done!


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