Shere Khan Inspired Paper Mache Model




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Styrofoam disk
White Glue elmers
Joint compound

Paper mache mixture:
Tsp of vinegar, glue, 1 cup of water ( start) 2 cups flour, pinch of salt, mix it all together w a whisk
And your done , add more water to it if you like the formula a bit more thin, more flour if you like the consistency thicker

Step 1: Face , Body, Back

So this is pretty easy get a foam disk from any craft store, super cheap , start adding newspaper around the face, for shape, remember it doesn't have to be perfect as long as you have the bones of the face are there. Seal everything w one layer of paper mache , with newspaper strips, make sure nose and cheeks formed

Carve your styrofoam make it smaller at the wait and broader chest, doesn't matter if it's less than perfect , cover it with paper mache , from head to toe let it dry for 24 to 36 hours

Get your wire hanger and straighten it out to the best if your abilities, now stretch this on the Tigers back , on to drape down like a cat , attach paper mache strips to secure it, wait till it dries then waddle up paper and secure to taiil, again use your paper mache to secure it all down . Shoulder blades I used the bottom of some drink carriers from fast food joint, they had a gnarly design, , secure it with your paper mache and newspaper.

Step 2: Joint Compound

This will be extremely easy, joint compound all of it, face, ears, body, tail, , you name it use joint compound on it :) pay special attention to details, now get a stiff bristle clean brush and brush the entire form while it's wet, this will create a lot of texture and will make whole tiger easier to pain because it'll have texture I on it already.

Step 3: Paint and Create!

Now this is the fun part! Paint everything orange except the underbelly, let it dry( leave space for eyes on face) start striping the body all the way down into the underbelly use your foam brush for this its a lot easier, now the face, use all the little texture created with the joint compound , use white, gray and black to do a layered fur look, now with this said all tigers are different so if you wanna ad more white fur or more black stripes go for it! Also remember to add stripes to the legs and tail!, I made a very small Shere khan inspired tiger because my son is having his 3rd birthday party and I want all his favorite animals to all be his height more or less , and so all the other kids won't find them scary or intimidating!



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    6 Discussions


    2 years ago

    That's awesome! Please post pictures if you do! And let me know if you have any questions along the way , check out my elephant and Python instructable too that might help for your nephews jungle theme, my sons birthday is coming up and we'll be doing the jungle book theme , so I am crazy with jungle themes and animals these days! Good luck! And hope you do , it would be a great gift!


    2 years ago

    Super Cool!

    Thanks for posting this!

    I will try to make this for my nephew. His parents are trying to do a jungle theme in his bedroom (He is almost two, so I could try to make it a birthday gift to him!)


    3 years ago

    My cat hissed at it a couple times, now she just stares at it lol and thank you!


    3 years ago

    I think my cats would be scared if I (made and) put one of these in my house! It looks very nice :)


    3 years ago

    Sorry forgot to add that! Consider it done! And thank u


    3 years ago

    Hi, in the title could you please say what you made? I thought it was either a cake or a painting. This helps with searches, too. Looks great! Thank you.