Patterns for Paper Mache Sculptures, Masks and Wall Art
These downloadable patterns come with complete instructions, so you’ll create a beautiful hand-crafted work of art – even if you’ve never sculpted anything before!
Click on the images below to see the complete details and helpful videos.
About the sculpting patterns:
You don’t need any sculpting experience to make these sculptures and masks.
The patterns include written instructions or a link to step-by step videos that walk you through the sculpting process all the way to a successfully completed project.
After you order you’ll receive an email with the download link, so you can start sculpting right away.
The patterns for four-legged animal sculptures come as a printable PDF that you’ll transfer to cardboard. Then you cut around the edges of the pattern pieces and put them together, and fill out the forms with crumpled paper or foil.
If you’ve read my best-selling book How to Make Animal Sculptures with Paper Mache Clay, you know how much easier it is to sculpt a realistic animal when you start with one of these patterns.
Some of these patterns have been downloaded by thousands of people who have used them to successfully created their own paper mache sculptures, even if they’ve never sculpted anything before.
Wire Armature Patterns.
The Chihuahua pattern helps you create a wire armature that goes on the inside of the sculpture, like ‘bones.’ There’s also a pattern that helps you fill out the forms of your pooch with crumpled foil and masking tape so all the shapes and proportions are right. This is the project that inspired my book How to Make Tiny Paper Mache Dogs.
The mask patterns help you create masks out of cardboard, which are then covered with paper mache and painted. If you’re looking for a fast project, a mask would be a great choice. You can wear your masks or you can display them as wall art.
The patterns for the baby elephant, jackrabbit, bear and frog “faux trophy mount wall sculptures” are 3-D papercraft patterns. They create all the shapes for you, just as the mask patterns do. Just print them out, tape them together using the numbered tabs, and add paper mache or paper mache clay.
The correct placement of each piece is clearly shown on the pattern. After it’s been taped together, you support the forms on the inside, and cover with paper mache or paper mache clay. Add paint and your own creative embellishments – the result is a “faux trophy mount” you made yourself.
Do you have to use paper mache to create sculptures and masks with these patterns?
No. The patterns shown on this page can be made with traditional paper strips and paste, but you could also use my paper mache clay recipe or my air-dry clay recipe instead. You can find the recipes in the Art Library. There’s a link to it at the top of the site.
Or you could use Apoxie Sculpt or any other brand of epoxy clay to make your sculpture if you’d like to put it outside, or if you just want to try it out. That’s what I used for my unicorn and bunny sculptures.
You will want to wait until the paper mache is completely dry all the way through before painting your sculpture or mask, and drying paper mache takes time – this is not an “instant” art form. However, you can speed up the process if you put your sculpture or mask in front of a fan to dry.
Painting your sculpture or mask:
Most people use acrylic artists paint or craft paint on a paper mache sculpture or mask. Acrylic chalk paint was used for the unicorn and bunny sculptures, which gives them a soft-looking coat. You can buy acrylic paint online or find it in the craft section of WalMart.
After painting, it’s a good idea to seal your sculpture with an acrylic varnish. If you live in a humid environment, this is very important, because you won’t want your sculpture to draw moisture from the air.
Share your new sculptures and masks with our community:
When your sculpture is finished, we would love to see it! Please post a photo in the comments below, or come visit our community on the Daily Sculptors page and post a photo there. You’ll find a link to it at the top of the page.
Do you have any questions?
Just ask! I respond to every comment as quickly as I can.