How to Make 3D Models of the Mario Characters

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How to Make 3D Models of the Mario Characters
Mario and Luigi help rescue Princess Toadstool in the Mario Brothers games. (Super Mario Bros - Copyright David Stott 2008 image by David Stott from

Creating 3D models of the characters of the Mario Brothers games can become decorations for a Mario Brothers themed party for a child or even as additions to the decor of a child's room. In the game, Mario and his brother Luigi work to save Princess Toadstool from the clutches of the evil King Koopa. Choose one main character to create a model of or create the entire Mario Brothers cast.

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Things you need

  • Balloon
  • Newspaper
  • Glue
  • Bowl
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Funnel
  • Sand
  • Paint
  • Styrofoam ball
  • Cardboard

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    Blow up a balloon until it reaches the desired size for a head for Mario, Luigi or the Princess Toadstool.

  2. 2

    Tear newspaper into narrow strips and set aside. Mix two-parts glue with one-part water in the bowl.

  3. 3

    Dip strips of newspaper into the glue and then drape them over the surface of balloon, using a paint brush to apply glue to seal down the edges. Continue until the entire balloon surface is covered in three layers of the newspaper.

  4. 4

    Allow to dry completely. Once dry, poke a hole in the top of the balloon papier-mache ball with scissors. Extract the balloon itself and insert a funnel into the opening.

  5. 5

    Pour sand into the funnel until the ball is at least a quarter full and has enough weight to stand. Place a strip of glued newspaper over the hold to seal. Allow to dry completely.

  1. 1

    Paint the ball to match the face and hair of the Mario character you are creating. Mario and Luigi have a pale skin tone, blue eyes and dark hair. Mario has a red hat and Luigi a green hat. Paint the hat at the crown of the character's head. Princess Toadstool has a pale complexion and blue eyes with golden hair.

  2. 2

    Paint a styrofoam ball to match the skin tone of the character. Glue in place as the character's nose.

  3. 3

    Cut out additional accessories from cardboard. For Mario and Luigi, cut out moustaches and a brim for their hat. For Princess Toadstool cut out a three-pronged crown.

  4. 4

    Paint the cardboard additions and glue in place on the papier-mache head.

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