Paper Mache Panther – School Mascot for Royal Valley Middle School

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I received these wonderful photos yesterday of a paper mache panther, made by art teacher Cory Triplett and five of his 7th and 8th grade students from Royal Valley Middle School in Mayetta, Kansas. Cory  has every reason to be proud of the work he and his students did on this project. Here’s how he described the panther mascot project in his email:

I had a few students help me. We started off with a ply wood skeleton, surrounded it with paper and tape, and then used paper mache. I needed it to be fairly sturdy so we used paper mache clay and then a layer of joint compound to create the fur. Next, we used a layer of Elmer’s glue to stabilize the compound. Finally, it was time to paint. I used wooden spheres for the eyes and floral wire for the whiskers. It was a challenging task, but very fun.
Thanks for your help.
Thank you, Cory, for sharing it with us. Love the whiskers. And check out those teeth! (Why didn’t I get to do something like this when I was in 7th grade?)
Paper Mache Panther from Royal Valley Middle School
Paper Mache Panther from Royal Valley Middle School – Front
Paper Mache Panther Mascot, Side View
Paper Mache Panther Mascot, Side View
Paper Mache Panther Mascot, Face
Paper Mache Panther Mascot, Face
Paper Mache Panther, Eye
Paper Mache Panther, Eye
I believe that Cory and his students used my paper  mache elephant video, which they found on YouTube, as a starting point for this project. If you watch the video you can see how a plywood armature can be made for a large project like this.
If you look closely at the photos above, you can see the fur texture, and wonderful detailing of the main muscles. This is truly a school mascot to be proud of.

9 thoughts on “Paper Mache Panther – School Mascot for Royal Valley Middle School”

  1. Cory,
    Thank you so much, i think we can fugure out how to make it and I will defiently post pics. we r having a homecoming parade, and the theme is
    “pounce on the patriots” so I hope it turns out good. I do have one question, how did u draw the panther out?

  2. how did u make the skelton of the body? we are making one for our homecoming parade so we can win. it would be sooo awesome

    • I’m not sure Cory is still watching this page, so he might not see your comment. However, you can find a lot of tutorials with different ideas about how to made armatures for various kinds of animals (no panthers, though) by clicking the link to the Tutorial page or searching for “tutorial.” Any technique that works for any kind of animal will work just as well for a panther. Using a cardboard pattern, like I did in the echidna tutorial, is the easiest way to go.

      Good luck – I hope your project works out great.

  3. I tried 3 different techniques with the teeth, to see which I liked best. The front teeth were made from whittled from wood. The 4 larger teeth were made of rolled up news paper and tape. The back were made of sculpy clay. After all the teeth were in place I added a layer or two of plaster guaze because “little hands” find their way to the mouth.


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