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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.
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
- 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”
I don’t see any images on this page. Are there supposed to be images? If not, is there a way to add them. It really helps to visualize the process. Thanks!
Actually, I think it’s on my end. I switched to another browser (Chrome) and I’m seeing images now.
I’m glad you got it to work.
In south Africa we don’t get joint compound can I use polyfilla it only comes here in powder form
I’ve never been to South Africa, so I can’t test it for you. The only way to find out is to get the smallest amount available, mix it with water to make it look like wet plaster, and then mix it with the other ingredients. If it’s primarily made of some form of calcium, either calcium carbonate or gypsum, it will probably work. The label might not give you that information, though, so you’ll just have to experiment.
Hi, i have just discovered your website and can’t wait to try a project. Two suggestions for future projects, a lifelike sea otter and penguin. These are my little boys favourite animals. He would be so excited if I could make them for him. Thanks for the great tutorials and recipes.
Great suggestions! I have a perfect place for an otter in my yard, so that would be a really fun project for me. I did make some penguins – a whole family of Emperor Penguins, in fact – and they’re in my book Make Animal Sculptures with Paper Mache Clay. The baby is really cute, and they’re fairly easy to make.
I have to make a panda for my school project. like the one you have made. I have made pinnatas before but this will be a first for me. I hope to succeed. Thanks a ton for your guidance.
Ambica from Pune, India
can you tell me the dimensions of the ball. I also don’t understand how to connect the balls to the cardboard
i made the newspaper ball but I don’t understand how to connect it to the cardboard pieces please help me I need an answer quick
You can make your baby panda any size you want. I crumpled my newspaper and used masking tape to connect it to the cardboard.
what should be the dimensions of the body be
brilliant work, love it!!!!!!!!!
I am wondering how tall the Panda bear is. How much will I enlarge the pattern I am looking at on my iPads?
I made the pattern the same size as my panda, so I when I printed the document I chose “print at document print size” and it worked just fine. I don’t know a thing about iPads, though. The final panda was less than 11 inches, ears to toes, if that helps. Of course, you can make your panda any size you want.
yeah but still 11 inches doesn’t say enough. i’m doing this for a school thing so i need to be accurate but it doesn’t even say any restrictions on it. i know you didn’t make it originally but what did you do when you were making it? by the way don’t reply i’m in school.
The final size of the panda depends on how big you print or draw the pattern, how you position the legs, and how thickly you apply the paper mache. You’ll be able to get accurate measurements after you’ve made your panda. If you need to know the exact measurements before you start, just draw your own pattern to your own needed measurements.
I don’t understand the question about restrictions (what sort of restrictions do you mean?) and I don’t understand what you meant when you asked “what did you do when you were making it?”. All of the instructions are on this page.
oh and i found out i was wrong you did make it so you need to be more accurate like now please
Oh my goodness, this lady (Joni good) has put her heart and soul in to supplying these wonderful objects, with tutorials not just selling her book and I am appalled mona as a teacher you are speaking to her like this. Your family must have had hindsight when they named you
sheesh! Susan King, u need to chill!
Hi I loved the Panda from the first time I saw it a few months ago, I plan to do the Panda project for two of my great grandchildren for Xmas. I have made Paper mâché Bears a number of times. I have made 5 to be exact. This year they were on display at a monumental birthday celebration for me.
Other members in my family have placed requests for bears. To keep me inspired, I need to making new designs or it coul get boring.
The panda is a good place to begin. Any ideas?…….D.
I would love to see those bears you made – do you happen to have a photo you could share? And there are so many kinds of bears. The panda is fun because of the black and white patterns, but there are so many different kinds and colors, that you could keep making new ones for years. And then there’s the lesser panda… Not a bear, of course, but so cute.
Hi Jonni, thank you for your reply.
Yes, I do have a picture of all five of the bear family from my birthday celebration. My grandchildren brought them for this event this past April.. I sent the picture to Pintrest just now as I had started a paper mache board to get some new ideas..I hope I can get it on the board. How can I send it to you? I am open to suggestions as to which route to take.. D. McDowell
Hi again! You can upload a photo directly to a comment, if you have it on your computer. That’s the easiest way to do it. Or you could send us a link to the photo on Pinterest. I think that works. We would love to see of those bears.
Let’s try this..
Awwww! They’re so sweet! Thanks for showing them to us. I hope we’ll get to see your panda, too.
I am a 13 year old my holidays were going boring so i decided to make something interesting i usually made tiny models but this was the first model that was big thank you for helping me i hope i followed you well.
Kuhu, I think you tried to show us a photo, but the upload didn’t work. Please try again – you may need to edit the photo to make it small enough for the uploader plugin to work.
my holidays were going boring so i decided to make something interesting i only used to make small models but you helped me to make a big model Thank you very much i hope I made a matching like panda of yours.
I don’t have joint compound can I use tissue with some glue and water.
Yes, you can do that. Many artists use what they call “paper mache pulp,” which is the mixture you described.
I don’t have joint compound Is it necessary to add joint compound or I can use tissue with some glue and water.
this inspired me to make a paper mache chicken for my art project.
hi my daughter needs to make a 3d paper mache koala for school but we need ideas. How should she make it? What materials should she use? and how long will it take to make? She would also like to make the sculpture life size. Please Help
Thanks! Oh, and what are the dimensions for the panda? Is the print-out outline the same size as the one you used? Sorry for all the questions!
Yes, my panda was the same size as the one on the printable image, but you can make your panda any size you like. Mine is about 7 or 8 inches high.
What is the difference between the air dry clay and the original clay recipe in terms of the final product? Is the drying time different?
I haven’t tested the two recipes side by side to see which one dries fastest. I think they would be about the same. The difference is in the consistency – the original pm clay spreads much like thick frosting, and the air-dry clay is stiffer and can be pressed into shapes by hand. The other difference is the finish – the original has more paper, so it isn’t as smooth as the new air dry clay. They both use the same ingredients (mostly) so whip up a batch of each and see which one you prefer.
I tried to make your playful panda. I adapted the hands and feet to make it Winnie the Pooh. I also made a honey pot. Your work is so inspiring!
He came out really nice! Thanks for sharing him with us.
Thanks! I really enjoyed making him.
I’m thinking of doing this panda for my art class. How would you have it sitting up instead?
Hi Sam. Since you make all the pieces separately, just put all the pieces together in the position you like before taping them together.
I was searching online (I’m really bad at searching) for how to make a paper mache baby form so I can make an angel for someone for Christmas cause they lost their child a while back and was asked to make an baby angel for them. I clicked on this and your baby panda showed up. I was giggling at this, because it so cute. But it won’t for what I need. 🙁 I am going to try this some other time though because it is so adorable….back to searching for a baby form. it’ll take me a couple of weeks to find..:)
I meant to say it wouldn’t work for what I need. I am so loosing my mind right now 🙂 gotta love me!