Paper Mache

Use paper mache to create a mask or an animal head.  Not sure what I mean?  Check out Miranda and Taylor’s project from last year.


The first step is to create an armature for your piece.  An armature is basically a sculpture’s skeleton.  You can build your armature out of cardboard, foam core, or even found materials.  Miranda and Taylor used a balloon for theirs.  Next, you will cover your armature with paper mache.

To paper mache:

  • cut/rip newsprint into 1-2 inch strips
  • dip strips in glue/water mixture
  • place on armature

Here are a couple more awesome masks from last year.


  • cardboard, foam core, found objects for armature
  • Elmer’s glue
  • water
  • newsprint
  • container for dipping

Sketching your idea first is advised for all sculptures.