Step 1: The Magic of Papier Mache
Before you begin, you will need to gather together your basic supplies, which are as follows:
slightly warm water
mixing bowl (lined with a plastic grocery bag for ease of clean-up)
the "bobbly" tops of empty egg cartons, (I used the plastic kind
many wire coat hangers
masking tape (I used several rolls!)
plastic grocery bags saved from the land-fill
Step 2: Form the Form
When making my crocodiles I made my form out of plastic bags stuffed with plastic bags and scrunched up newspaper over wire coat hangars. I elongated the creature by starting at the head end and roughly forming the shape I wanted and then added on from there until I got to the tail. With this rough shape all ready, I used cheap masking tape to keep it all together.
Incidentally, the last crocodile I made had one of those polystyrene noodles that are used in swimming pools or at the beach to help with the stability, as well as coathangers and plastic bags!
Step 3: The Shape of Things to Come!
After the shape was formed I cut up the "bobbly "parts of empty egg boxes and strapped them along the back - again using masking tape. I also used two "bobbly bits" for nostrils and two for a pair of eyes.
Step 4: Mixing the Paste
The mixture should be nice and creamy and definitely not too runny of have lumps in it.
Step 5: Tear the Newspaper in Irregular Pieces and Strips
Tear the paper into irregular pieces and strips. Do not cut the paper, as torn edges blend and meld better together to make a smoother finish. Apply the strips onto the form and overlap them using plenty of paste with a brush, sponge or your fingers.
Step 6: Doing the Papier Mache Bit
Hint: use very small pieces of newspaper to cover over the "bobbly" bits of the egg carton, and make sure every piece of tape is covered. This will make it much easier to paint when it has dried out.
When the form is completely DRY, you can sand-paper lightly to remove any roughness.
Step 7: Painting the Beast!
I used a lot of green acrylic paint before I was done!. However, before using any green paint, I painted the creature white all over to make sure all the newsprint was well hidden.
When the white paint was dry, I painted the underside of the croc in light green and the top part in dark green.
To achieve lumps and bumps on the top of my beast I used blobs of fabric paint and waited for the blobs to dry, and then painted them over with green paint.
In the photo you can see that I achieved a toe like effect for the front legs, by cutting points into the triangular piece of cardboard before it was attached or painted.
Step 8: Finishing Touches
When the critter was completely dry, I sprayed a clear finish over him to help preserve for posterity!
Step 9: A Plethora of Crocs
Anyway, I eventually made five beasts, plus a solitary head!
These creatures will now lurk in my garden and perhaps scare away the squirrels, but I will have to make sure they come in on rainy days - in case they melt!