Paper Mache Raccoon
The intelligent eyes and almost-human hands on this raccoon are just so adorable – even when he’s stealing corn from the garden!
This is a downloadable PDF pattern. It will be sent to you by email, so be sure to check your spam and promotions folder if you don’t see it right away.
Warning: I like to experiment, so I tried out several new ideas when first designed this raccoon. Watch over my shoulder in the videos to see which experiments worked, and which ones didn’t.
Because of those experiments, be sure to read the pattern and watch the videos before you begin.
You’ll transfer the pattern onto cardboard and then cut it out. The pattern pieces are put together to create the armature, and then you fill out the rounded shapes with crumpled paper and masking tape. And finally, you’ll cover your raccoon sculpture with paper mache.
This raccoon has been a big favorite of my readers, and many people have already used the pattern and video instructions to make paper mache raccoons of their own.
Watch the videos below to see how made this raccoon sculpture:
To make your raccoon you’ll need:
- A piece of cardboard large enough for a raccoon in the size you need. Instructions for making the pattern the right size is included in the videos.
- Old newspapers
- Masking tape
- Heavy wire, like they used to make coat hangers with
- Paper strips and paste, or a batch of my paper mache clay (the recipe is in the Paper Mache Art Library
- Colored tissue paper (optional)
- Acrylic paint
- Matte acrylic varnish
- Dried Indian corn (optional)