Using newspaper, liquid starch, and a few other odds and ends you can make your very own papier mache head puppet. This project is fun for both children and adults. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination, so load up the instructions and take your character ideas from concept to showtime!
Step 1: Build the Shape
To build the head you will need: a styrofoam ball or egg, modeling clay, lots of newspaper, some liquid starch or "Papier Mache Art Paste" (follow package directions if you use this), white paper towels, foil, masking tape, and an empty papertowel or toilet paper roll.
To begin you will use your styrofoam ball as your base. Build on features by pressing modeling clay onto the ball, making sure that the edges are well pressed into the styrofoam. Be creative! Just keep in mind that by the time the head is complete these features will be both bigger and less distinct, so exaggerate.
When you have created your shape, cover the entire head with aluminum foil. Press this on as tight as you can to your features, and try to do it all with one piece.