How to Make a Paper Trophy Stand

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How to Make a Paper Trophy Stand
A small box will be perfect for making a paper mache trophy stand. (white cardboard boxes image by leafy from

Making a trophy stand just out of paper would not work, as the weak structure of the paper stand would be crushed beneath the weight of a trophy. But if you use the paper sculpture technique of paper mache, you will be able to make a strong supportive trophy stand that should stand the test of time. To make a paper mache trophy stand, all you need is to cover a supportive base like a box with a layer of paper mache mix.

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Things you need

  • Small box
  • No.2 pencil
  • Ruler
  • Cardboard
  • Paper scissors
  • PVA glue
  • Newspapers or scrap paper
  • Old plate
  • Acrylic paint
  • Round art brush
  • Gold or silver paper (optional)
  • Letter stencil or letter transfers (optional)

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  1. 1

    Take a small box and draw around the standing end of it onto a piece of cardboard, in pencil. A side of a cereal box would be good to use, or buy some mounting board from an art store.

  2. 2

    Use a pencil and ruler to draw a slightly bigger square or rectangle around the box template shape. This is for the flat base of the stand. Cut out your square carefully with a pair of paper scissors.

  3. 3

    Draw around your first square or rectangle onto another piece of card. Cut the second shape out.

  4. 4

    Glue the first square or rectangle directly on top of the second shape.

  5. 5

    Take your box and sit it centrally on top of the flat square or rectangle base. Glue the box onto the cardboard base.

  6. 6

    Make some paper mache. Tear up 1-inch strips of newspaper or scrap paper. Pour some PVA glue on to an old plate. Add an equal measure of water to the glue to dilute it. Stir the water into the glue to make the right consistency. Dip each piece of paper into the glue and start covering the box and base. Keep layering on the newspaper until the box and base are well covered. Leave to dry overnight.

  7. 7

    Paint the trophy stand using acrylic paint, mixed with some PVA glue in equal measure. Use an old plate or cardboard as a paint palette, together with a round art brush. It is better to use a brush with synthetic bristles with acrylic paints. Leave it to dry for at least an hour.

  8. 8

    Make a name plaque for your trophy stand, if desired. Cut out a small rectangular piece of cardboard. Cover it in silver or gold paper, or use gold or silver paint, if preferred. Stencil on the name of the trophy recipient, or use letter transfers. Glue the plaque on the front of the trophy stand to complete it.

Tips and warnings

  • Add plaster of Paris and water to the mix of glue to create a different textural effect for the paper mache. Use textural papers for the paper mache as an alternative.
  • Wash hands after using paint or glue.

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