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Readers Respond: Share Your Paper Mache Stories

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From the article: How To Paper Mache
If you enjoy paper mache please take a moment and share your favorite stories, projects, form building ideas, pastes, and more. See if your stories are similar to anyone else's!

Pinata Piggy

When I was in the fourth grade (just about everyone here did paper mache in fourth o.O), Our class each got a balloon and we took several days, but we covered it in papermache. When it dried, we were allowed to decorate it however we liked. I don't quite recall what other people did, but I made my little piñata a pink pig. It was so cute. I remember making the nose out of construction paper (as well as coloring it with that). I was so proud of myself. It was quite fun too. I got my own small little piggy piñata to keep for myself.
—Guest Me

Fruits & veg. From paper mâché

I have developed the hobby of making various things from paper mâché which is made by me by soaking & grinding old newspapers. I have a good collection fruits, vegetables, music instruments, etc., which I put on display during the Navrathri celebrations. I can upload photos of them.
—lalita.r

home cookware

I made some home cookware as a laugh for my elderly mother a few years back. It was quitea challenge to get a realistic metallic finish but some spray paint from homebase did the trick nicely. The best bit was that she actually used it! what a hoot! It did set fire on the hob though so I then had to frantically grab the back garden hose and sort the fiasco out. LOL.
—Guest nigel

iainssusu

My daughter's birthday is coming up so I am making a pinata. It is so much fun I can't wait to work on it every evening and then I don't want to stop. Our family is very enthusiastic and so I know even at 27 she is going to be thrilled!
—Guest susu

head or helmet

I saw a you tube video where some one made a giant mouse head/helmet to wear using a 14inch beach ball. I'm 8 layers into it and its pretty dense. Me and my daughter make our costumes every year and my mouse head is going to be a good one. My secret recipe is water, flour, Elmer's glue, and non-toxic rubber cement. It holds like cement when dried and all the ingredients dissolve in water.
—Guest Andrew

Paper Mache Family

I made a 5'6 woman my neighbors were fascinated and pitched in. I couldn't resist doing a child little girl or boy 3' tall depending on the event they will be in. and a 6 month old baby. What fun it is to go to the thrift store to by doll clothing for my life size dolls. I found another surprise my life size family does. They help in security. Their out lines can be seen at night from my window. I have had so many people tell me that in the shadows they thought the family were real and they were startled thinking someone was looking out the window. LOL
—Guest Shayron O'Shea

Beauty and the Beast

I have always loved paper mache and in researching it I discovered how lightweight and yet strong it is! I am going to be in a Beauty and the Beast abllet and the distinctive characters of Beast, Lumiere, Mrs. Pots and Cogsworth all needed to be able to dance while still having that distinction of character. Paper Mache to the rescue!! Time consuming was in order, however I was able to make a strong, lightweight beast mask and as of now I am in the middle of Muiere's hands using balloons and folgers coffee containers...all in paper mache. It is indeed an art form....paper mache along with ballet!!!
—Guest M.Velardi

papier mache cones

In developing countries football coaches perhaps cannot buy plastic cones for the football training exercises. A very simple thing is to make papier mache cones using just one of the plastic cones as mold. The cones can then be given a coat of paint. It is easy to make. And the kids feel proud when they make the cones themselves and these are used during the training.
—Guest puppydot

Life-size Papier Mache Cow

When my oldest son, now 27, was in 4th grade, he had to make a parade float that could be dragged around the courtyard at school for the Social Studies US State parade. The kids had to pick a state by lottery. He got Wisconsin. We live in Florida. What did we know about Wisconsin, except that they are famous for cheese and apparently have a lot of dairy cows? We got a brilliant idea. We got chicken wire and a stack of newspaper. I deftly crafted a life-size cow frame and we spent days covering it with newspaper strips and mache paste. We spray painted it black & white, a blown up pink rubber glove udder, & even put false eyelashes on it. We mounted it on a hand truck dolly. It was so big, I had to tie it to the car bumper and tow it the half mile to school. My son missed winning first place by ONE vote, his own. He voted for the kid with the worst float, out of sympathy because that boy had none but my son's vote.
—Guest Lisa Wojcik

Fantasy Animals From the 1950's

When I was in the 4th grade back in the middle 1950's an art project was to make fantasy animals. Ms. Helvey was my art teacher. She always had the neatest art projects for us. My animal was a giraffe about 11 inches high and about that in length. We used different shaped balloons for body and head and paper tubes for appendages. I painted it pink with chartreuse spots. All finished animals were displayed in a case in the hall by the pricipal office. One of the legs of my giraffe was a bit short and Ms. Helvey put a clear plastic lid under that short leg. I don't remember any of the other animals but I can tell you it made for a colorful display. I was so proud when I brought it home to show my family even if one leg was shorter. Another project was paper mache maracas. These were made by covering light bulbs with paper mache. When they were completly dry we tapped them on the edge of a table to break the bulb inside and painted and decorated them. They rattled when shaken.
—dbryan44

Best papier mache project ever

In fourth grade, our teacher had everyone do giant masks - we blew up huge balloons, covered them in strips of newspaper and goo, adding eyebrows and noses and assorted protuberances, then painted and shellacked them. Later we cut a big hole in the bottom and added eye holes - from which, of course, we couldn't see a blessed thing - and wore them for Halloween. The whole neighborhood knew, if you had one of these glorious things, you must be in Mrs. Grant's class!
—parentingyoungadults

Backyard Dinosaurs

Five years later, my grandchildren still talk about the summer day, the two of them, two friends and I made paper mache dinosaurs. We blew up balloons, taped a small and a large one together for the head and body, used empty toilet paper rolls for the legs, and smeared newspaper strips and a mixture of flour and water all over them to create paper mache dinosaurs. We left them outside to dry and a few days later painted them. It was messy fun and we still have one of the dinosaurs we made five years ago.
—childrensbooksADM

Backyard Dinosaurs

Five years later, my grandchildren still talk about the summer day, the two of them, two friends and I made paper mache dinosaurs. We blew up balloons, taped a small and a large one together for the head and body, used empty toilet paper rolls for the legs, and smeared newspaper strips and a mixture of flour and water all over them to create paper mache dinosaurs. We left them outside to dry and a few days later painted them. It was messy fun and we still have one of the dinosaurs we made five years ago.
—childrensbooksADM

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