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Paper Mache Doll Heads
Photographs of Paper Mache Creations
Learn how you can use paper mache techniques to create almost anything. Paper mache is a fun and easy craft; plus, you don't need any fancy supplies to make amazing works of art.
If you want to try your hand at paper mache, but you aren't sure what to make, take a little time to browse through these pictures. Many of these pictures are of crafts made and submitted by visitors just like you. Let these photos inspire you and then make your own paper mache... project. You can get your projects published here by following these simple directions.
Read about how a Grandma Guinn made these fun doll heads with her grandchildren using paper mache techniques.
These amazing paper mache doll heads were made by Taylor Teel (Blond) age 13, Tyra Teel (red head) age 12, Grandma Guinn (Brunet) age 76.
They filled balloons and covered them with paste soaked newspaper. They waited until they were dry and then lightly sanded them.
When they had the paper mache looking how they wanted it, they painted the faces. Once the paint was dry, they sprayed it with a coating of clear acrylic sealer. They separated strands of bulky yarn, attached it to the head with hot glue, and then trimmed to shape. They plan to make cloth body (Double knit material) in the near future.Continue to 2 of 59 below.
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Howard's Caricature Paper Mache Mask
What an amazing likeness Lori de Grace created using paper mache techniques.
"This mask was made as a caricature of a friend and designed more as a piece of art than a wearable mask." ~ Lori
The process was as follows:
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- First I took a picture of my friend Howard.
- I carved a framework out of styrofoam and built up the nose as required.
- I then put saran wrap over it and proceeded with the 4 layers of torn newspaper and wall paper paste.
- Once dry and hardened, I removed from the styrofoam.
- I then... proceeded to build the details on top of the form with crumpled paper, paper towel, and wall paper paste.
- Once I had the desired effect, I layered strips of newspaper dipped in wall paper paste over the top, For the final coat, I used one thickness of paper towel and smoothed out with my finger and additional wallpaper paste as required.
- Once all of it was completely dry, I used wall spackle (ready mix crack filler) and brushed over the entire piece.
- Once dry, I sanded it smooth and then gessoed it both inside and out.
- I painted the details and sprayed it with a clear matte shellac.
- The final step was to attach the hair and mustache with fabric glue. For this, I cut up a white furry bath mat and colored it with permanent markers.
- The glasses came from a 3D movie that my son went to. I removed the plastic lenses, cut the arms off, and secured them with glue to the mask.
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Lori's Paper Mache Half Face Masks
These amazing venetian-style masks were made by a visitor named Lori de Grace.
"These masks were made specifically for a boy in a school play (Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing so a comfortable fit on stage was important." ~ Lori
The process was as follows:
- I put saran wrap over his face, clear of mouth, nostrils and eyes and commenced with the framework.
- I used medical cast material for quick dry and a sturdy frame . Once it was hardened, I removed from the boy.
- I then proceeded to... build the details on top of the form with crumpled paper, paper towel, and wall paper paste.
- Once I had the desired effect, I layered strips of newspaper dipped in wall paper paste over the top and for the final coat. I used one thickness of paper towel and smoothed out with my finger and additional wallpaper paste as required.
- Once all of it was completely dry, I used wall spackle (ready mix crack filler) and brushed over the entire piece.
- Once that was dry, I sanded it smooth and then gessoed it both inside and out.
- I painted the details and sprayed it with a clear matte shellac.
- The final step was to attach the "hair" with fabric glue. For this, I cut up a white furry bath mat and colored it with permanent markers.
Looking for more costume ideas and Halloween projects? Check out these easy costume ideas.Continue to 4 of 59 below.
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Paper Mache Werewolf
Anyone would be proud to wear this cool werewolf mask that was created by Lori de Grace.
"I made this paper mache mask for my son for Halloween and it turned out amazing!" ~ Lori
The process was as follows:
- In order to get a comfortable fit, I put saran wrap over his face clear of mouth, nostrils and eyes and commenced with the first layer of torn strips of newspaper dipped in wallpaper paste.
- I proceeded with 4 layers, enough to get a fairly solid form when dry.
- I then proceeded to build... the details on top of the form with crumpled paper, paper towel and wall paper paste.
- Once I had the desired effect, I layered the final coat with 1 thickness of paper towel giving the piece a bit of a rough grainy texture.
- I then gessoed it and painted it.
- The final step was to attach the faux fur with fabric glue.
- The "hands" were made with thin knit gloves painted fake fingernails and faux fur.
Looking for more costume ideas and Halloween projects? Check out these easy costume ideas.Continue to 5 of 59 below.
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Pineapple House Pinata
See a photograph of a pinata that looks like Spongebob Squarepants' pineapple house pinata, made by Patty.
Patty made this fun pinata for her daughter's birthday.
This is how she made it: "I used a mixture of 2 parts water to 1 part flour to make my paper mache medium. I blew up a balloon and set it a top an empty coffee can (it was a giant can). I dipped strips of newspaper in the paper mache medium and draped them over the top of the balloon so that they hung down the entire length... of the can. I did 3-4 layers of paper and let it dry overnight.
In the morning, I removed the coffee can and turned the project upside down in a mixing bowl. The sides started to cave in, because they were not thick enough or completely dry, so I took a second balloon and blew it up inside of the pinata to the desired size and tied it off. I added a few more layers of paper mache to the area around the second balloon and set it aside to dry completely.
I then took a pizza pan and laid out a round, flat piece of paper mache 4-5 layers thick that would eventually be the base of the pinata. When everything was dry I popped the balloons. I then painted the whole thing, stuffed it with candy and hot glued on the bottom as well as the top of the pineapple and the chimney!
In hindsight, I would have done 2 things differently: I would have used white paper as my final layer of paper mache so that it would have required less painting. Also I should have secured the bottom better because after a few whacks it just fell off and dumped its candy(a little more glue next time) Before doing this project I hadn't done paper mache since I was a kid but I was really pleased with how it turned out and I can't wait to do more!"Continue to 6 of 59 below.
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See a picture of a great Ninjago pinata, made by Sasa from Serbia.
This pinata would be easy to make using a large balloon, paint, and red crepe paper. If you would like to how to make your own pinata, check out this article.Continue to 7 of 59 below.
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Pinata
Use this picture, shared by Sasa, as inspiration to make your own Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pinata.
If you would like to learn more about how to make your own pinata, check out this article.Continue to 8 of 59 below.
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I am not sure what a Bakugan is, but this looks like a pinata any young kid would love to have.
This pinata picture was submitted by a visitor named Sasa. If you would like to learn more about how to make your own pinata, check out this article.Continue to 10 of 59 below.
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Hello Kitty Pinata
This cute pinata that looks like Hello Kitty was made and submitted by a visitor named Sasa.
If you would like to learn more about how to make your own pinata, check out this article.Continue to 11 of 59 below.
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Paper Mache Mask Collection
Jennifer Neely shared this picture of masks that were made by her students.
Jennifer explains, "My 5th through 8th-grade students made paper mache masks using foil to create a form."
If you would like to try this craft you can find directions posted here.Continue to 12 of 59 below.
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Charleste's Hello Kitty Pinata
Charleste King made this Hello Kitty pinata for her daughter's 7th birthday party.
From Charleste - "The materials used were: a large balloon, floral wire (for the hanger), newspaper, cooked flour paper mache paste, white tissue paper, glue, scissors, and construction paper. The only thing I had to buy was the balloon. 2 layers of paper mache, floral wire (like wrapping a present with a loop for the bow on top), then 2 layers of paper mache."
If you would like to learn more about how... to make your own pinata, check out this article.Continue to 13 of 59 below.
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Paper Mache Fairy Pinata
A visitor named Brenda McCormick shared directions for making a pinata that is decorate with a fairy picture and wings.
Brenda made this wonderful fairy pinata for her granddaughters birthday party. You can find the directions she used on this project sheet.
If you would like to learn more about how to make your own pinata, check out this article.Continue to 14 of 59 below.
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Plankton Paper Mache Pinata
Marion made this pinata for her son's 3rd birthday party.
From Marlon - "My sons 3rd birthday is coming in a few days. I was inspired by the Plankton Pinata you posted and I want my childs birthday to be memorable so this Hybrid Plankton Pinata came out. And happily all the children line-up to take a smack on this."Continue to 17 of 59 below.
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Paper Mache Karate Figure
Joey Lopez made this full-sized pinata pinata that looks like a real person.
From Joey, "This is a full size karate figure created for the 4th of July parade. Paper mache is the most versatile and readily available craft or art medium I can think of. With some imagination and glue, anything is possible."Continue to 23 of 59 below.
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Paper Mache Star Fish
A visitor named Sharon Ferry made this star fish shapes out of aluminum foil and duct tape and then covered it using paper mache.
From Sharon - "I made this the old fashioned way with strips of paper and glue, over a base of aluminum foil and duct tape! It was my first try and just used anything I had handy. I have many art supplies, so I found some crushed quartz and sand to give it texture, just painted it in orange and blue, diffusing the colors together, added some moss for coral and... seaweed then glued on some small shells. The whole thig was then coated with a semi-glass sealer to look like water. It's about 10-inches in diameter. I'm working on shells next, a sand dollar, seahorse, fish, and eventually up to some mermaids."Continue to 24 of 59 below.
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Paper Mache Gatsby (Lady Pretense)
When Shayron O'Shea started making this paper mache woman, she never dream is would interest the entire neighborhood, but it did become a neighborhood winter project 2-3 days a week.
From Shayron - "This was a fun summer project that surprisingly drew in my whole neighborhood. People would stop by to see what I was doing and would more often or not end up adding their own pieces of Paper Mache to the large sculpture made basically with newspaper, flour, glue, or painting on some acrylic... paint. It was a project that let us all be kids for a few messy moments."
Media Used: Paper Mache, Chicken Wire, Acrylic, Eyes - Hand cracked glass marbles, costume from local thrift shop.
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Paper Mache Rabbit
Check out this centerpiece decoration made by Robin Norris.
From Robin - "Rabbit was made as an Easter centerpiece. Started with a vinegar bottle and designed the rabbit with paper mache. Most of my projects have started with helping our Cub Scout boys understand the concept of recycling newspaper, plastic bottles, etc. The paint and color is tissue paper,spray paint, and a few markers. We live in rural Alabama and the cub scouts and their parents meet at my barn . We have a cookout and then... the boys along with their parents work on their projects. Paper mache is a very therapeutic project as it gives the individual an opportunity to focus on a project that is rewarding and fun. I have recently been selected as Cub Master for our Pack and we put special emphasis on parents partnering with their children on all projects. What a concept! God has given me this talent and I’m just grateful I can share it with the children of my cub scout group."
If you would like to try this craft you can find directions here.Continue to 26 of 59 below.
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Paper Mache Rainbow Pinata
Lisa Litwiller created this fun pinata using two long balloons and tissue paper squares.
From Lisa - "My daughter, husband and I made this pinata about three years ago for my daughter's birthday. For the rainbow, I just used long, thin balloons taped together and bent into an arc. Everything else was the same as making any other pinata. I did use tissue paper squares that were pre-cut."
If you would like to learn more about how to make your own pinata, check out this article.Continue to 27 of 59 below.
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Paper Mache Lady Godiva
This amazing masterpiece took artist Mary Jones almost two months to complete.
From Mary, "This is approimately 24" x 24" and took almost two months to complete. It is almost entirely made of papier mache with a little plaster cloth used as a drape across the body. The hair was also made of plaster cloth. It was then painted with acrylic paint and varnished."Continue to 29 of 59 below.
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Paper Mache Dragon and Tiger
These paper mache animals were made by artist Dan Reeder.
Made by paper mache artist Dan Reeder - "I use a non-traditional paper mache method, one that I invented many years ago, that I coined Paper and Cloth Mache. I sculpt with paper mache and then use a final 'skin' of old bedsheets dipped in white glue. I have a short video of me making these little guys on my website, www.GourmetPaperMache.com."Continue to 30 of 59 below.
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Paper Mache SpongeBob Pinata
Learn how a visitor named Tina Shaw used a balloon as a base for her paper mache SpongeBob craft.
From Tina - "I used these instructions from How to Make a Pinata. And this paste: No-Cook Paper Mache Paste Recipe. I painted it in yellow acrylic paint and let dry; then added eyes, mouth, etc. in acrylic paints, added streamers at bottom and sting at top for hanging."
If you would like to try this craft you can find directions here.Continue to 31 of 59 below.
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Paper Mache President Bust
Learn how a special education teacher named Mark Reiman made these busts with the help of his class.
From Mark - "I am a special education teacher in New York City. My student are severely cognitively delayed and physically challenged. I am not an art teacher by nature, but I enjoy making projects with my students that are LARGER then life. Paper mache is the perfect material. It gives the students a tactile feel, and many conceptual parts for them to learn. It also leaves a great deal of... room for error. Making a mess, helps my student practice life skills such as cleaning their hands and the table. With the election in full swing, I thought that 'Presidential Candidate heads' would let them see who was running.
The plan was to make 2 heads, but we were running out of time. So the 2 heads are actually opposite sides of one. All you need is to put it on a lazy Susan and you can spin it around. The head is made out of about, 90% recycled material, which is 10 percent higher then my goal for all of my art projects."Continue to 34 of 59 below.
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Paper Mache Dragon
Check out this amazing dragon that was made by Dan Reeder using paper mache technies.
Made by paper mache artist Dan Reeder - "I use a non-traditional paper mache method, one that I invented many years ago, that I coined Paper and Cloth Mache. I sculpt with paper mache and then use a final 'skin' of old bedsheets dipped in white glue. I have a short video of me making this dragon on my website, www.GourmetPaperMache.com."Continue to 37 of 59 below.
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Paper Mache Piggy
The pig was made by paper mache artist Dan Reeder.
Dan Reeder - "I use a non-traditional paper mache method that I invented many years ago that I coined Paper and Cloth Mache. I sculpt with paper mache and then use a final 'skin' of old bedsheets dipped in white glue. I have a short video of me making this pig on my website, www.GourmetPaperMache.com."Continue to 38 of 59 below.
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Paper Mache Volcano
Check out this volcano that Nine-year-old Chey made as a school project.
Chey painted it with brown spray paint and red and green finger paints. She received awards for having the "The Best Volcano" and "The Most Realistic Volcano".
You can make your own paper mache volcano using these directions.Continue to 39 of 59 below.
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Traffic Signal Paper Mache Pinata
Shelly Morrison made this pinata out of paper mache, crepe paper, and construction paper.
From Shelly, "Made from paper mache, crepe paper and construction paper, it took approximately 3-5 days to complete. The signal was made for our family picnic as we are a traffic-based company. It was a group project and a lot of fun to do. I'm going to hate to see it busted."Continue to 41 of 59 below.
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How to Make a Paper Mache Mermaid
A visitor named Mary Jones made this amazing paper mache mermaid.
From Mary, "Here is a picture of a mermaid I completed recently I made her as a challenge just to see if I could do it.
I originally got the idea of creating a mermaid from the book Papier-Mache Today by Sheila McGraw (an excellent book, by the way). I did make several modifications to the design in the book. I changed the positioning of the hands on the mermaids, their dresses, and their hair. The mermaid is made entirely of... paper (including the armature) with the exception of the starfish/shell that they are holding in their hands.
The hair was the most challenging aspect of the mermaid. Brown/black construction-weight paper was put through a paper shredder to make 1/4" strips. Both sides were coated with Mod Podge and left to dry. Once the strips were dry, I wrapped them around a knitting needle to create the spiral curls and attached them to the mermaid's head with hot glue.
Both mermaids were made of three layers of paper strips and rubbed with a light coating of baby oil to make them strong after applying the first layer. The second layer is coffee filters. Both mermaids were sealed with three coats of Mod Podge after painting. The black-haired mermaid had tiny, tiny, iridescent green beads "sprinkled" on her fin and body to give the appearance of sand particles before the final Mod Podge coat had dried. Both mermaids are approximately 2-1/2 feet tall and 3 feet wide and they each took slightly over a month to make."Continue to 42 of 59 below.
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Paper Mache Ginger Jar
A visitor named Mary Jones made this cool jar using a balloon and paper mache techniques.
From Mary - "This is a photo of a ginger jar I did a few months ago. It was given to my mother as she collects ginger jars. This is an original design, and I have made several ginger jars. It was made using a 12-inch round balloon for the body. The base was covered with five layers of paper and white glue; one layer was made of coffee filters as it makes the object very strong. The neck, base, and lid... were made of heavy cardboard, also covered with five layers of paper. The final layer of paper was heavy foil gift wrap that was put through a paper shredder to make uniform strips. The knob on the lid is a beadcap and marble attached with hot glue. After everything was dry, I applied two coats of Mod Podge. It took about two weeks to complete."Continue to 43 of 59 below.
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Paper Mache Plankton Pinata
A visitor named Wendy Hall made this pinata for a Spongebob Squarepants party her kids had.
From Wendy Hall - "Last year the kids had a Spongebob Squarepants party. Here is my attempt at a pinata of Plankton from the Spongebob Squarepants cartoon. I think it turned out pretty good."
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Horse Hat Picture
Stewart made this Horse Hat for a Melbourne Cup Day Hat Competition at his work and his girlfriend Sue made the matching silks for him from an old shirt.
From Sue, who is from Cairns, Australia - "Stewart used a very runny paste of plain flour and cold water. The form was made of corrugated cardboard and masking tape. It was painted with leftover acrylic house paints. The eyelashes were cut from cardboard and glued on. The eyes were purchased from a craft store and helped to keep the... eyelashes in place. I made the mane from wool, glued on. The reigns were an old handbag strap, attached to the horse with two metal rings.
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How to Make a Paper Mache Cow
A visitor named Tasha Piontek create this life-size cow using paper mache techniques.
Tasha took one paper mache class and then she was hooked. She made this larger than life cow to be displayed during a boat parade.Continue to 48 of 59 below.
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Paper Mache Eggs Picture
Find out how easy it is to make Easter eggs using these directions shared by Marcie in CA.
Marcie in CA made these 3 colorful Easter eggs and then used them as pinatas! If you would like to try this craft you can find directions here.Continue to 49 of 59 below.
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Bob the Tomato Veggie Tales Pinata
Elana was having trouble finding party games for her son's Veggie Tale party so she made him this pinata.
If you would like to try this craft you can use these paper mache pinata directions.Continue to 50 of 59 below.
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Paper Mache Veggie Tales Pinata
Kris Irving made this pinata for her daughter's Veggie Tales birthday party.
Kris decided to add the stem and leaves to cover the hole in the top. She used green construction paper topped with green tissue paper. The tissue paper on the leaves she cut little strips in to make fringe. For the stem she used an empty glue stick and wrapped it in white paper and colored it brown. Instead of using all newspaper and paper meche paste, she also applied some masking tape in between layers to make it... more sturdy.
If you would like to try this craft you can find directions here.Continue to 52 of 59 below.
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Paper Mache Dora the Explorer Pinata
The Terandos made this pinata Dora the Explorer for their daughter's 4th birthday.
This paper mache pinata was made for a birthday party. The Terandos were happy with the way it turned out, they did, however, have a little trouble with hanging it and getting it to stay hung up as it was too heavy.
If you would like to try this craft you can find directions here.Continue to 53 of 59 below.
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Paper Mache Easter Basket
See a photograph of a paper mache Easter basket made by the Napier Family.
This paper mache basket was made by 5 yr old twins, David and Matthew, with a little help from their parents.
If you would like to try this craft you can find complete directions in this tutorial.Continue to 54 of 59 below.
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Paper Mache Bunny
The Napier Family had a few rainy days and decided to be creative and make this paper mache bunny.
While they could have made it into a pinata, they decided it should be a simple table decoration.
If you would like to try this craft you can find directions here.Continue to 57 of 59 below.
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Paper Mache Moose Project
Discover how a visitor named Tracy Zundel made moose antlers for a Halloween costume using paper mache techniques.
If you would like to try this craft you can find directions here.Continue to 58 of 59 below.
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Paper Mache Tweety Pinata
A visitor named Nancy Dolan made this Tweety pinata for her daughter's 8th birthday party.
From Nancy - "For my daughter's 8th birthday, she wanted to do a Tweety Bird theme. I made this pinata using a large punching balloon which I covered in newspaper paper mache. I reinforced around the hole of the balloon so that I could add a string to hang it later. After it was dry, I broke the balloon and removed it. To decorate it, I cut pieces of yellow tissue paper in to about 2"... squares, wrapped them over the end of a pencil, dipped the ends in glue and pressed them on to the paper mache. I made a couple of holes in the top on either side of the hole and ran a string. To make the face, I cut the design out of construction paper and glued it on. The beak was folded slightly to give a 3D effect.
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Jan's Pink Flamingo Egg
A visitor named Jan Boarman made this pink flamingo egg for her sister.
"My sister and I have a flamingo joke where we mail flamingos back and forth across the country (obviously not real ones!!). This was a satin-lined, paper mache egg that I made for the 'baby' and thought I would share!" ~ Jan.