Paper Maché Skeleton




About: I'm inspired by nature and I love to see what I can create! Check out my Youtube channel for full videos, or my Instagram @theartfulbirder for sneak peeks and progress pictures!

Materials required:

*aluminum foil

*paper maché (newspaper, flour, water)

*paint (black/brown and white)

*hot glue gun

Step 1: Make Bone Shapes With Aluminum Foil

Looking at images of bones shape the foil into as many pieces as you want to make.

*Use tape to hold together tricky pieces

Step 2: Cover Each Piece With Paper Maché

*Mix water and flour so that mixtures is about the texture of cream

*Rip up the newspaper into long strips about 1 inch wide. (These can always be torn more for small crevices and difficult areas)

*Dip the strips, one at a time and run between your fingers to remove excess liquid

*Apply to your foil bones making sure to smooth out the edges

*Since this is a prop item, only one layer needs to be done.

Step 3: Paint the Bones

*Paint the bones with white paint after the paper maché has dried

*You may want to do an additional layer if any newspaper is still visible through the paint

Step 4: Add Shading

*I mixed white/brown/black paint and lightly brushed it over all the bones to give them an old/dirty look

*You can also add some shading to crevices and edges

Step 5: Glue the Ribs

*Glue the rib cage and sternum together for simplicity

*The rest of the bones don't need to be glued together since bones don't stay together naturally after death

Step 6: Position Your Skeleton

The last thing to do is to set up all of the bones and admire your handiwork!



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    1 year ago

    That's a great looking skeleton! Thanks for sharing and welcome to the community!