It requires a bit of time and effort to make a papier mache frog. It's a great family project for older kids and parents, and younger kids can help out as well. Use the finished papier mache frog to store small treasures and toys, or as a gift.
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Things you need
- Cardboard detergent box with flip-up lid with plastic handle removed
- 3 tbsp. Sugar
- Masking tape
- Craft glue
- Clear tape
- Green paint
- White paint
- Black marker
- Green construction paper
Prepare the papier mache paste by mixing ½ cup of flour and 2 cups of cold water in a large bowl. Bring 2 more cups of water to boil in a large saucepan, and add the flour mixture. Stir until it returns to a boil. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the sugar. Allow the mixture to cool before using.
Make the frog's eyes first. Take a sheet of newspaper and tear it in half. Crumple each half into a ball and wrap the ball with masking tape. Attach the eyes securely to the top of the detergent box with masking tape.
Make the frog's tummy next. Crumple 3 pieces of newspaper, (2 if you want your frog to have a smaller tummy). Tape the crumpled up ball of newspapers to the front of the detergent box with masking tape. You can also add some padding to the back and sides for a more rounded shape, but be sure the top of the box will still open.
Tear the newspaper into strips about 1 to 2 inches wide, and varying lengths. Dip the newspaper strips into the papier mache mixture and cover the entire box (except the bottom) at least twice, using shorter pieces around the eyes. Try not to papier mache the mouth closed, but if you do, you can cut it open later.
Allow the papier mache to dry before continuing, and then paint the dried papier mache green. Decorate it with lighter green paint or yellow speckles if you like.
Paint the eyeballs white and draw eye centers with black marker. Make eyelashes out of strips of black construction paper. Make horizontal cuts on one side of the strip and curl the lashes around a pencil before attaching them to the frog with glue or tape.
Make a tongue out of red construction paper, curl it slightly around a pencil and attach it to the frog's mouth with glue or tape.
Cut leg shapes out of green construction paper or painted cardboard, and tape or glue them to the frog.
Tips and warnings
- If the detergent box has a slick surface, lightly sand the surface of the box to make the papier mache adhere better.