Paper Mache Recipe (aka: How we made our fake moose head)

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We bought our house nearly a year ago and our walls are still blank.  I have been drooling over faux animal heads and even created a board dedicated to them on pinterest.  Buying fake animal heads starts at $68 at anthropologie and go up to $335 at Ruby’s lounge.  I knew I could make mine for less!  Time for paper mache!

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paper mache recipe .

Supplies I used to make my paper mache scuplture:

With the Elmers Glue, Cornstarch and Water create two different solutions:

Solution #1

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/4 cup of Cornstarch
  • 1/2 bottle of glue

Mix the solution frequently while using it.

Solution #2

  • 1 cup of water
  • a blender full of shredded paper towels
  • 1/4 cup of cornstarch
  • remaining glue

Blend the water and paper towels together till the paper are mushy bits.  Add cornstarch & the remaining glue.  You should not have any runny residue.  If you do, add more shredded paper.

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steps in moose head
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To begin our project, I cut the foam board to create the “bones” of the sculpture.  We notched the foam boards so the “frame” would be more sturdy.  The kids and I then cut the paper towels into long strips and dipped that into solution #1 (see above).  We draped the wet paper towels over the bones of our head.  If possible you want to “criss-cross” the paper solution.  Don’t have all your paper strips going the same direction.  This will help add strength to your sculpture.  If possible let the layers partially dry before adding additional layers.  I think we had roughly 3-5 layers, but I bet 3 would have been sufficient.

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rough moose We added the ears and then smoothered our creation with Solution #2.  This pasty mix was made out of paper towel bits that we put through the blender.  We wanted the mush to be clumpy, to resemble moose hair.  But if you are looking for more of a smooth look, blend longer and add more water and cornstarch.

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Thanks bunches to Elmers for their #Look4Less challenge and for providing a nifty gift pack of supplies for me to create my wall-art.  I am totally thrilled with the results!  This project would cost under 15$ to make.

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AND…. I have a gift pack from Elmers to giveaway to you!

Tell me what you would make with Elmer’s foam boards and whatever idea sounds interesting, fascinating, absolutely crazy (whatever 2 ideas most grab my attention) will get your own packs from Elmers!



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An original "Quirky Momma" blogger and "Mommy" to six kids under six, when Rachel is not wiping crayon off the walls or wading through laundry, she can be found exploring and creating with her kiddos. She hopes to be someone who acts justly, loves kindness and walks humbly before God (Micah 6:8).

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