Friday, June 6, 2014

Craft Tutorial: Paper Mâché Balloon Animals Part 1

Paper mâché is a fantastic craft if you want to explore sculpture especially for kids. This activity can take up to two hours with kids and usually only 1 layer can be made in a session because it has to dry. It really takes a lot of time to dry, so try to work on a sunny day and store the parts in a dry place so that they don't become moldy.

You will need:

  • Lots of newspaper
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 large mixing bowls
  • 1 roll of foil
  • masking tape
  • scissors
  • balloons
  • large work area that can get messy

Tear the newspaper first and create a large pile.

Mix the flour with a small amount of water until it thickens to this consistency:

Blow up a balloon, this will be the body of the animal. Dip a newspaper strip in the mixture and then stick it to the balloon. Keep going until it is completely covered. Just make one layer of newspaper strips, so that it dries evenly. Blow up a smaller balloon for the animal's head and cover it with newspaper strips and mixture.

Note that only a small amount of mixture needs to be on the strip.

For the giraffe, we needed long legs. Roll a sheet of newspaper and tape the ends and middle with masking tape. Use the foil to mold the hoofs and another piece to connect the leg to the body.

Wrap each leg with newspaper dipped in the flour mixture. Also use a very thin layer of mixture and paper to allow it to dry quickly. If the animal is something else like a pig or a hippo, create short stumpy legs with toilet paper rolls cut in half.

Allow all the separate parts to dry completely before moving onto the next stage.

I'll post Part 2 as soon as we finish these animals. Have a great weekend! xo Quaymberley.