Introduction: Papier Mache Santa Claus

These are some papier mache Santas that I've made using a file folder, newspaper strips, DIF wallpaper paste, and Celluclay.

Step 1:

I started with a cone shape out of the file folder (making it the height I wanted the body).  Next I added another piece to create the shoulders and main shape of the body.

Step 2:

Several coats of newspaper to give it the general shape I want....

Step 3:

Rolled up newspaper tubes for the arms stuck onto the sides with wallpaper paste, then draped newspaper strips over the shoulders for a cape.  The head was a balled up piece of newspaper stuck on with more paste, then strips over it for the shape of the beard.

Step 4:

I made the gloves, hair, beard, facial features, hat and robe trim out of the celluclay.

Step 5:

Once I got everything how I wanted I covered it with gesso.

Step 6:

I painted the whole Santa and then made a toy bear out of celluclay and printed a "nice" list for his hands.

Step 7:

For the red Santa I started with two tubes for the legs.  Pipe cleaners for the placement of the arms, and a whittled down and stained chop stick for the walking stick.

Step 8:

Painted and mounted on a piece of wood.

Step 9:

And here's another one I did with a tam.

Comments

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PeckLauros (author)2011-12-18

Very creative. Easy to make and cheap! Very good!

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craftydabbler (author)2011-12-15

Thank you! It is time consuming but I get lost in it and lose track of time so easily.
I find the wallpaper paste in a tub at wallyworld. I dilute it with water so it will go farther - and it's still plenty sturdy when dry. I am so messy when I'm working on a project and it's easy to clean up.

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ChrysN (author)2011-12-15

Those look amazing, nicely done!

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amnartist (author)2011-12-15

Nice!!! You did a great job on these. As an avid paper mache artist, I can say you make this look easier than it really is. It's time consuming but so rewarding. They are painted so well too.
I don't know if wallpapering is going out of style, but I'm having trouble finding the wallpaper paste cheaply these days...if at all. I'm finishing an abstract sculpture for a Christmas gift and have some resin glue I'm getting ready to try for the first time. It's supposed to make the piece super hard. Wish me luck.

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