Granddaughters’ Paper Mache Pufferfish

Made by Eileen Gallagher’s granddaughters

These two paper mache pufferfish were made by my 6 & 7 year old granddaughters. We used Jonni’s method but adapted it slightly to make it more kid friendly. The armature was of tin foil but we used masking tape instead of the hot glue gun. The first layer was done with paper strips and paste. The fins and tail were left that way but then I introduced Jonni’s smooth air dry clay. They loved using it but didn’t quite grasp the concept of doing half at a time for easier handling. The next thing I knew, the top, side and bottom were being covered! Thank goodness we had the dowel to hang on to! They loved poking all the holes in the clay with a toothpick…that is until they had to paint all those little dots. in all, it was a fun project ant they were pleased with their end results. So was Grandmom!

Unpainted paper mache pufferfish

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