Wood Spirit




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Faux log carved wood spirit.


  1. PVC Pipes
  2. PVC Sheet
  3. Paper Mache
  4. All Purpose Adhesive
  5. Pencil
  6. Marker
  7. Hot Glue Gun
  8. Sandpaper
  9. White Cement
  10. Gloves
  11. Masking Tape
  12. Posters Colors(Brown, White, Black)
  13. Burnt Sienna (Optional, you can use blown poster color instead)
  14. Piece of Cloth
  15. Lacquer (to preserve the colors from moisture)
  16. Beige color oil paint

Tools: Saw, Scissor, Fork, Brush

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Step 1: Face Making

  1. Take the PVC pipe and cut diagonal from top.
  2. Put the diagonal side of PVC sheet and mark with marker.
  3. Cut the sheet glue at corners and stick on pipe.
  4. Draw the face on pipe with pencil.
  5. Trace with marker.
  6. Stick paper mache on drawn face.
  7. Use fork to make pattern on mustache and beard.
  8. Use fork back (handle) to plain nose,cheeks, etc.
  9. Allow it to dry on sunshine.

Step 2: Bark Texture

  1. Split the pipe into half.
  2. Put the half part on big pipe and put hot glue on sides.
  3. Cut the extra pipe.
  4. Cover the whole pipe except face.
  5. Mix white cement and water in a bowl to make thick paste.
  6. Rub coarse grit sandpaper on pipe to make it rough.So when cement dries up, cement does not leave the pipe.
  7. Apply cement paste on pipes and make bark like texture by small round brush back side.(toothpick or anything could be use for that).
  8. Be careful, wet cement can cause skin burns. Must use gloves.
  9. Let it dry for a day.
  10. Cover the face part with paper and masking tape.

Step 3: Colors

  1. Apply burnt sienna or brown poster paints on all surface except the masked area.
  2. Then take a piece of cloth make it wet in water and rub on surface (don't rub it on deep area of bark).
  3. Wait for dry (30 minutes).
  4. Mix white (80%) and black(20%) poster paints to make gray color and apply of surface slightly.
  5. Then mix brown color in it and again apply on surface.
  6. Apply spray can clear lacquer.
  7. Remove the paper and masking tape.
  8. Paint the face with beige color paint.

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    13 Discussions


    11 months ago

    Really amazing. Looks so real.

    Can you please provide more details on the "White Cement". Perhaps a link where to purchase it or at least a photo of the container it came in. Also info on the particular paper mache too. Thanks... just trying to follow in your footsteps!


    1 year ago

    Great to watch! Nice outcome! Now, tell me your paper mache recipe. Thanks.

    5 replies
    Awesome Craftsrobbadooz

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you for watching. Plz have a look at my embossed painting, I hope you will also like it.


    Here comes the recipe which I have used in Wood spirit.

    1. Soak 2 white toilet tissue roll (standard size) in warm water.
    2. After 30 minutes, squeeze the tissue and drain water thoroughly.
    3. Break the tissue into small pieces.
    4. Add 6 tables spoon white flour and approximately 300 grams White Glue. (white flour is optional)
    5. Mash as much as possible.
    robbadoozAwesome Crafts

    Reply 1 year ago

    I did go to your awesome website. Need more time to look at it all but looking forward to doing just that. Your are in my bookmarks folder under Art\Artists. Thanks.

    Awesome Craftsrobbadooz

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you ma'am. Actually my viewers comments such as yours gives me energy to make Art works otherwise I am an incredibly lazy person. Thank you for putting in bookmarks.


    1 year ago

    I had no idea that this was pvc when I first saw it. Very cool. You have a vote from me

    1 reply

    I have checked your profile, many extremely good wood crafts. Now I really proud on my wood spirit because it is complimented by such a talented wood crafter. Thank you for your precious vote.


    1 year ago

    Ahh...From the title, here I was expecting some way to distill alcohol out of a log...that would have been a more practical spirit to make! :P

    1 reply

    hahahaha! When I was going to choose title I checked it out on internet and found that the text appear is about the "Methanol Alcohol" and pictures of that carved wood face. Double meaning word :)