I’m always up for a crafting challenge, so this winter break I ventured into the unknown to try something I had never tried before: Paper Mache! Inspired by Frozen 2, I wanted to create a woodsy mobile featuring the four elements: air, water, fire, and earth. Keep reading to start your own paper mache adventure and see where it takes you!
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What You’ll Need
- White paper
- Craft glue
- Large bowl
- Floral and/or jewelry wire
- Wire cutters
- Acrylic paint
- Felt tip pen
- Orange and red craft paper
- Iridescent glitter
- Hot glue
- Natural wood sticks
How To Make It
- Start by making wire frames of each character or shape. You can use lighter weight wire for smaller details. I made my frames no more than 5″ tall.
- In the large bowl, combine 2 parts glue to 1 part water.
- Tear the white paper into long strips. They should be no more than 1″ wide. It’s nice to have a few thinner ones as well! (Note: Do not use tissue paper as it will fall apart in the glue mixture. I recommend printer paper or craft paper.)
- Place a strip of paper into the glue mixture. You’ll need to use your hands, and yes, it will get messy, and that’s okay! Run your fingers over the strip to remove extra glue, then place one end on the wire frame and start wrapping it around. For more spots that need more bulk, crumple a piece of paper, place into the wire frame, and then cover that with the paper mache pieces to create more volume.
- Continue adding pieces of paper mache, molding and smoothing as you go. While the pieces are still drying, mold features like Bruni the salamander’s eyes, and the earth giant’s face.
- Once you feel your characters have taken shape, place them aside and let them dry overnight. They should dry for no less than 18 hours.
- Time to paint! Start with a base coat of light blue on Bruni the salamander and the wind shapes. Use light grey for the earth giant, and a darker, grey-blue for the water nokk.
- Using a smaller paintbrush add details to Bruni the salamander like a lighter blue belly and throat, white eyes with dark blue pupils, and purple diamonds on his head and back. Use the felt tip pen to draw his mouth and add detail to his eyes.
- For the water nokk, paint it mostly dark blue, but I added a few swirled parts with a lighter grey-blue around his face and hooves. Paint the tail and mane white.
- For the earth giant, create a rocky look by lightly brushing darker grey here and there over his figure. Add details with the pen, and use green paint to create a mossy look on a few spots.
- Swirl blue and purple paint on the wind. Add tiny fall leaves using the red and orange craft paper. Attach with hot glue.
- Brush on small dots of craft glue and sprinkle glitter onto each character.
- Gather a small bundle of natural sticks that extend to about 1 1/2 feet long. Tie it together on both ends.
- Tie a string to the top leaving enough slack to hang on the wall or from the ceiling.
- Finally, tie or glue one the end of a piece of string to each character, and then attach them in a row on the bundle of sticks.
All cutting and hot gluing should be done by an adult.
Posted 6 months Ago