How to make a Pinocchio nose

Updated November 21, 2016

You can make a Pinocchio style nose using papier mache, to recreate the scene in the tale of Pinocchio in which the nose of a living wooden puppet grows extremely long when he tells a lie. You may want to use the long nose as part of a costume for a play, Halloween or a fancy dress party. Papier mache modelling can be a fun activity for the entire family to enjoy, although children may need help to make the papier mache paste.

Mix 125 ml (1/2 cup) of flour with 1 litre (4 cups) of water. Once mixed place the mixture on the hob and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and add 45 ml (3 tbsp) of salt. Leave the mixture to cool. The papier mache paste is now ready to use.

Cut up three sheets of white paper into small strips. Cover your face in petroleum jelly for protection and tie your hair back if you have long hair. Make a mould of your nose by dipping strips of paper into the papier mache paste and placing them over your nose. Leave the area underneath the nose open to allow you to breathe easily. Add three layers of paper strips and leave for 15 minutes, until the papier mache begins to dry. Remove the mould and leave it to dry completely. Make a small hole in either side of the nose using a pin. Thread a length of elastic between the holes and make a knot in each end. The elastic will secure the nose to your face like a mask when it is finished.

Roll up the length of card and secure with tape to form a long cylinder. Fit one hollow end over the tip of the moulded nose and secure with masking tape. Cover the entire card nose with three layers of papier mache strips and leave it to dry for 24 hours before painting.


Ensure that the length of elastic is long enough to fit around your head before threading it into the nose mould.

Things You'll Need

  • Flour
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Paper
  • Pin
  • Elastic
  • Card
  • Masking tape
  • Paint
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