Easy Pattern for a Paper Mache Baby Panda

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

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.

This easy pattern for a paper mache panda has been used by hundreds of people to make baby pandas of their own.

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.

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.

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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.

125 thoughts on “Playful Paper Mache Panda You Can Make”

    • 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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