How To: Make a paper mache baby elephant

Make a paper mache baby elephant

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a paper mache baby elephant. To begin, you will need a pattern, which you can find at Ultimate Paper Mache. There is a grid on the pattern that you can use to expand onto a large piece of particle board. This will give you the entire body for the elephant. After you cut the elephant out of the board, glue and nail it together with spacers in between the body parts. After this, crumple up newspaper and then tape and squish it onto the wood until the muscles are filled out on the elephant and you have the right shape. Make sure to give it a tail and trunk, and indent around the eyes. After this, make your paper mache paste and lay it on the newspaper with more paper. Keep adding this on until you have a hard surface. Now, you can use joint compound and insulation to paint on the outside of the elephant. To finish, mark the details on the elephant to make it more realistic and use paint to make it more believable!

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