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How to Make a Papier Mache Head Puppet

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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!
 
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Step 1: Build the Shape

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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.
megwhitley5 years ago
This is such a great and do-able project! I am a teacher and built my puppet this weekend. My students will begin theirs next week. Thank you!
These are great. Have you tried doing it in plasticene to get cool detail. Here is a video that shows you one way to do this:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Puppet-Making-Papier-Mache-Head-from-a-plasticene/

tracy.workman (author)  megwhitley5 years ago
That's great to hear :) What age level do you teach? I'll be graduating with my BA in Art Education this summer, can't wait to get out there and get my own class! Let me know how the project goes! :)
cool! I prefer the liquid starch for my projects. I find it to be stronger than the traditional paste method.. I'll have to try this project..
CapnTac6 years ago
Sweet! I'm working on a Jack Skellington hand puppet, and this will help alot!
canida6 years ago
Cute! You should add this to the Halloween contest.
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