Pretty Bird!

Made by Sabra Overby

I had a dream about making a paper mache flamingo. But not just your average flamingo! This one I dreamed about was beautiful and multi colored. So when I woke up that morning I started right on it. The pot the flamingo is standing in is completely made out of a paper mache clay with egg cartons, LOTS of them and many slow and steady weeks of drying. For the legs of the flamingo I purchased 2 wooden dowel rods. I formed him with news paper, I didn’t really have a pattern I went off of but I did have multiple pictures I found online for reference when it came time to sculpt.

I used the silky smooth paper mache clay to create him! I am so happy with the out come. Oh for his eyes I created those with polymer clay and painted them. After he was finally finished it took about 8 weeks to complete!

I had decided that after making my sculpture, that it still needed something else. So I decided to make a starfish and a seashell to lay into the pot. I used the silky smooth paper macbe clay to form the shells, and I was very happy with the way everything all turned out!

Colorful paper mache flamingo
Starfish and seashell made with paper mache clay

11 thoughts on “Pretty Bird!”

  1. The starfish and seashell are a nice addition. I love the idea of a dream bird. Dreams have been a major part of my life, and I an in awe that you ran with your dream and created this beautiful creature.

  2. That is a beautiful bird and what a great story about your dream being the inspiration. Love the paint job. I’ll bet he brings a smile to your face every day!

    • Thank you! Yes, every morning when I wake up, I walk out to living room and just smile when I see him. Such a nice little addition to the scenery

  3. *Update! I have since added a starfish and a seashell I made out of the silky smooth paper mache clay to the water . Now he looks like he is truly wading in the water! ?

    • That sounds great! If you’d like to add another photo to your post, just fill out the form like you did last time, upload your photo and a few extra words, and I’ll update your post for you. We’d love to see the starfish and seashell! :)


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