How to make a paper mache rock

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How to make a paper mache rock
You can make a theatrical rock using paper mache. (a rock image by Dagmara Czechowska from

If you are putting together a theatrical play or stage performance, you can make the background look more realistic by placing a few props on the stage. For example, you can put faux rocks around a forest scene to make the forest look more natural. You can make an artificial rock out of a few basic craft supplies that can be found at an art supply store, such as paper mache pulp and acrylic paint.

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Things you need

  • Cardboard box
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Paper mache pulp
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Sponge

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  1. 1

    Mash the corners and edges of a cardboard box to make it look dented and mangled.

  2. 2

    Mix together 6 cups of paper mache pulp and 3 cups of water in a bowl. Use a spoon to mix thoroughly. Let it sit for about 10 minutes.

  3. 3

    Spread the paper mache pulp over the cardboard box until it has a 1-inch layer. Let the paper mache box dry for a couple hours until it has completely hardened.

  4. 4

    Paint the entire surface of the paper mache rock using a paintbrush with medium grey acrylic paint. Let the paint dry.

  5. 5

    Sponge lightly over the surface of the rock with black acrylic paint.

  6. 6

    Sponge lightly over the surface of the rock with white acrylic paint. Let the rock dry thoroughly.

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