Baby Panda Paper Mache Pattern

Playful Paper Mache Baby Panda Pattern

Who wouldn’t love to have a baby panda of their own?

This is one of the first sculpture patterns I designed, and it’s now been used by hundreds of people to make baby pandas of their own.

In fact, this is the project that proved how easy it is to make a realistic sculpture when you start with a cardboard pattern on the inside of your armature. If you’ve never used a pattern to create a sculpture before, this is a good one to start with.

After you cut out your pattern on cardboard, you fill out the rounded shapes with crumpled paper and masking tape.

The 10-page PDF has the printable pattern and complete instructions for putting your baby panda together.

Note: Although this panda would be cute in a baby’s room, the acrylic paint and the joint compound on his fur are not edible. Use child-safe art supplies if you want to put the sculpture in a baby’s room.

To make this paper mache sculpture you will need:

  • A printer (or copy the pattern by hand
  • Scissors
  • Recycled newspaper
  • Masking tape
  • Flour and water paste
  • A small amount of drywall joint compound (optional – I used it to get a light texture for the fur, but your panda will look just fine without it.)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Matte acrylic varnish
  • A small rubber ball or stuffed animal, for the baby panda to hold.

I made the following video a long time ago, before I started charging for patterns to support the costs of this website. I mention the word ‘free’ a couple of times. Just ignore those parts, and watch the video. You’ll see all the steps needed to put your baby panda together and cover him with paper mache.

You might also like these patterns for paper mache sculptures:

To see even more patterns for sculptures and masks, click here.


You can ask in the comment field below. I read all the comments, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. Or send me an email – [email protected] – be sure to put “paper mache” in the subject line so your email won’t get accidentally deleted.

123 thoughts on “Playful Paper Mache Panda You Can Make

    • Hi Terry. The system is supposed to send an email right away with the download link. I’ll send a private message to the email address you used for this comment, so we can make sure you get your pattern.

  1. Your art is really cool and i like the creativity. Its not everyday you see a paper mache sculpture of some sort.
    I’m doing this for a project and I’m a beginner at all types of art. I find that building the body is extremely hard!

  2. This post has been so useful. I work in a nursery and we have an international day coming up. This panda is very good for display. Thank u so much for this guide.

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