If you have never worked with paper mache, you are going to be surprised at the things you can create with it. When you see your finished rabbit, you will be pleased that you will want to create more paper mache projects. It is an easy medium to work with, as it produces satisfying results. There are a number of ways to work with paper mache. We will concentrate on just one of them.
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Things you need
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup flour
- 4 drops oil of wintergreen
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Old newspapers
- Paper towels
- Roll of masking tape
- Joint compound
- Acrylic paints
Mix 1 cup of flour into 3 cups of water. Stir the mixture to create a smooth paste. Put 4 drops of oil of wintergreen into the paste to help keep it from spoiling. Put a teaspoon of cinnamon in the mix, if you find the smell of the paste unpleasant.
Make a tight wad of newspaper for the body of the rabbit. Compact the newspaper as much as you can and place strips of tape around it to hold it together. Make the rabbit's feet and tail by rolling up small wads of newspaper. Tear strips from a paper towel. Dip the strips in the paste mixture and use them to attach the feet and the tail to the bunny. Smooth out the paper towel strips that you used to fasten the tail, feet, and legs to the rabbit using your fingers or a spoon.
Compact a wad of paper to make the bunny's head. Cut ears from a box that contained food, such as a cereal box. Leave tabs on the ends of the ears so that you can glue them to the bunny's head. Attach the rabbit's head to its body using strips of paper towel soaked in the paste you made. Tape the ears to the head. Cover the ears with pieces of paper towel dipped into the paste. Smooth them out carefully, using a spoon as needed. Let the rabbit dry before you proceed to do any more to it.
Fasten the tail, feet and legs to the body of the rabbit, when it is completely dry. Smooth out the paper towels you dipped in paste to make his tail, feet and legs adhere to its body.
Tear newspapers into strips. They are absorbent when they are torn, not cut. When the rabbit is thoroughly dry, apply strips of newspaper that have been dipped in the paste mixture to the rabbit. To speed the drying process, place the rabbit in an oven that is heated to 93.3 degrees C. Do not make the oven any hotter; it will ruin the rabbit. When it is dry, put another layer of paper mache strips on it, using torn pieces of newspaper dipped in the paste. Dry it again in the oven. Put another application of paper mache strips to the bunny. Dry it again in the oven.
Coat the rabbit with joint compound, which you get at a hardware store. Let the joint compound dry. Sand the surface of the rabbit when it is dry, making it very smooth. Paint your rabbit with acrylic paints and admire your creation.
Tips and warnings
- For a final change, add a pretty blue ribbon around the rabbit's neck and tie it in a bow.
- Let the rabbit dry out before you continue working on him. Otherwise, he might fall apart.
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