Paper Mache Raccoon Pattern
When your guests see your paper mache raccoon, they may beg you to make one for them, too.
This printable pattern (PDF) comes with links to five videos that will help you put your raccoon sculpture together.
You begin by transferring the pattern onto cardboard and then cutting 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 cover your raccoon sculpture with paper mache.
I like to experiment, so I tried out several new ideas when I built my own raccoon. Some of them worked, and some of them didn’t. I let you know what I would do differently on the pattern, so read the pattern and watch the videos before you begin.
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. Those intelligent eyes, and almost-human hands are just so adorable – even when he’s stealing corn from the garden!
Watch the video below to see how I started making this raccoon sculpture. The pattern has links to the other videos, so you can watch them all.
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)
You might also like these patterns for paper mache and Apoxie Sculpt Sculptures:
To see even more patterns for sculptures and masks, click here.
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