You'll find here wonderful ideas for paper mache projects for kids of all ages.
You'll soon see why this is one of our favorite homeschool crafts.
I'll start by showing you how to make my daughter Catherine's fabulous homeschool dragon model.
But paper mache is really versatile.
You can use it to make simple projects for young children.
You'll see how you can use it to make paper mache snakes, plates and bowls.
All great fun for little fingers to paint!
Older children and teens can move on to complex animal sculptures.
AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE, YOU'LL FIND LOTS MORE IDEAS FOR PAPER MACHE PROJECTS TO TRY:
*paper mache bowls *animal mask
* fall apples *fun dog * even a paper mache elephant!
I have a homeschool secret for how to make kids paper mache models really easy.
Make the basic shape of your kids model from bubble wrap first.
Bubble wrap is a fabulous material for kids crafts, and particularly for paper mache projects. It's light and easy to shape into body parts.
1. Start by making a big blob for the body.
2. Shape a tail - long and thin with a point. Bend the tail and keep it in place by using Scotch tape. (The tape can be cut off once the tail is covered in paper mache.)
3. Make a rough neck and head shape.
4. Form four limbs by making your bubble wrap fat at the top and then long and thin. Make sure to put a bend in each leg for the elbow and ankle joints.
Use sticky tape (Scotch tape works fine) to stick all the bits together.
Your shapes only need to be roughly right; you'll cover the model with paper mache and fill in any 'errors.'
If you want some ideas to show you what dragons look like and get a basic idea of their body shape, Catherine has written a homeschool dragon drawing tutorial.
This homeschool kids model dragon uses two different paper mache recipes.
You can use our simple homeschool paper mache recipe which has full instructions and is easy to make.
One thing you'll notice is that dragon feet have talons!
You can make your kids model dragon much more realistic if you stick some cocktail sticks in his feet.
Here are some more ideas:
To add paper mache spines to your kids model, you'll need a different paper mache recipe.
You need something more pulpy which you can mold into shape.
The lovely thing about paper mache projects is that you can paint them!
You'll find lots of ideas for kids art on here.
What's really special about paper mache is being able to color something in three dimensions.
Brilliant colors are often best.
Stick on some sequins for extra fun!
You'll find if you love dragons you've come to the right place!
We have all sorts of ideas for homeschool dragonology crafts projects you can try, from making an origami puppet dragon to glass painting and making a kids model out of junk.
Here are my top picks of the best paper mache projects on the web:
Use our paper mache clay recipe to make your own dinosaur.
Paper mache has been around since Ancient Egyptian times. I love the idea that in the 19th century they used to make paper canoes! So you'll find it is a great activity to add to your homeschool.
Paper mache projects are a brilliant way for kids to make models that look really special.
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