Paper Mache Animals

Let me start this off with a small piece of advice. DO NOT use coffee canisters to store paper maiche paste (glue + water mixed 4:1). I never thought about the implications of using a metal canister normally used to store dry goods. It didn’t even take a full 24 hours for the cans to rust.

Paper Mache is “French for ‘chewed-up paper’, due to its appearance.”

My 5th and 6th grade class started by creating armatures out of recycled materials. I have an extensive collection of said materials that I brought in for students to look through. We looked at traditional Oaxacan wood carvings for inspiration. Once they chose and animal they began construction using the recyclables and masking tape. At the end of the week we began to paper mache to add structure and stability to the original armature.

Here’s my example…

Made out of part of an egg carton, an old playdoh container, clothespins, and other assorted bits and pieces.

I will follow up with the students finished pieces next week.

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