How to create make-believe island landforms

Landforms are any type of natural formation of rock or earth, while an island is land that is completely surrounded by water. One of the most well-known island landforms are the islands of Hawaii which were first discovered by Captain James Cook in 1778, though native Hawaiians were already living there. The Hawaiian islands have mountains and active volcanoes. You can use paper mache to create your own imaginary island landforms and place them on top of a blue silk for the surrounding water.

Ball up one sheet of old newspaper. Use masking tape to hold it together. Add more newspaper to create island landforms in your desired shape. Use the masking tape to hold it together. Similarly, make several island landforms and set them aside.

Mix together one part flour and one part water in a mixing bowl, The ideal consistency of your paper mache paste should be like porridge. Add a little more flour to make it thicker or water to thin it out.

Tear off 1-by-4 inch strips of newspaper and dip them into the paper mache paste. Lay each saturated strip on your created island landforms. Cover the entire island landform with one layer. Let it dry for 24 hours.

Add two other layers of newspaper strips saturated with paper mache paste on your island landforms, allowing them to dry out for 24 hours after adding each layer.

Paint your island landforms using your brushes. Add green to represent grass and brown to denote mountain or sand. Leave the structures untouched till they dry out completely.

Lay your piece of blue silk on the floor. This will represent the water. Place your make-believe island landforms on top of the blue silk. Move them around to wherever you want.


Experiment with paints and paper mache forms for your island landforms. You can also play around with their size. Move the blue silk to create waves in the water. Unused paper mache paste can be kept in the refrigerator and used the next day. Just stir it before your use it again.


Keep pets and young children away from the paper mache paste.

Things You'll Need

  • Old newspapers
  • Masking tape
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Mixing bowl
  • Paint
  • Brushes
  • 1 yard blue silk fabric
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Charong Chow has been writing professionally since 1995. Her work has appeared in magazines such as "Zing" and "Ocean Drive." Chow graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy. She also received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts.