Easy Pattern for a Paper Mache Baby Panda


This playful paper mache panda is adorable – and you can proudly say “I made it myself!”

This is a downloadable PDF Pattern with full instructions. That means there’s no waiting and no shipping costs, and you can start on your project right away.

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This easy pattern for a paper mache panda has been used by hundreds of people of all ages.

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. Then add a few layers of paper strips and paste, and paint.

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.

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How to make your baby panda:

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 in the video. 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.

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.
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131 thoughts on “Make a Playful Paper Mache Baby Panda Bear”

    • Hi Bethany. 6th graders should be able to do this, but you might want to cut out the pattern pieces in cardboard before the class, or use cereal box cardboard that can be cut with scissors. They’ll be able to give the panda any posture they want, so it will be fun to see what the kids do with them. 🙂

    • Hi Vladimir. Did you try to upload a photo with your comment? If you did, it didn’t work. Images need to be edited to make the file size smaller than 250 kb. I do hope you’ll edit the photo and try again. We’d love to see your mask.

    • Rylan, did you try to upload a photo of your panda? If you did, the image file was too large so it didn’t work. I do hope you’ll show us how it came out – we’d love to see it. 🙂

    • 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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