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How to Make Bones Out of Paper

Updated March 23, 2017

Whether you're doing a dinosaur fossil project, a school play about prehistoric times, creating a display for your pet shop or doing a study on human bones, creating a bone out of paper is a fun and easy addition. Artists have used papier mache to craft pieces of artwork for centuries, and you may use the very same technique to shape bones for whatever project you are working on. Using common household supplies like glue, a paper towel tube and newspaper, you'll be making fossil shaped sculptures in no time.

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  1. Crumple four pieces of newspaper into four 1-inch balls. Tape two of the paper balls together with masking tape, then secure them to one end of the paper towel tube. Do the same to the other end. Make sure there is a dip between the two paper balls, to create the effect of the ends of a real bone.

  2. Boil 4 cups of water. While the water is coming to a boil, mix 1 cup of glue with 1 cup of tap water. Add the boiling water and mix.

  3. Rip up about ten 1 inch by 5 inch pieces of newspaper. Dip the newspaper in the glue, then adhere it to the bone. Repeat with the newspaper until the entire bone is covered in newspaper.

  4. Allow the bone to dry for at least 24 hours. If the bone still feels damp, give it more time. When it's completely dry, paint the bone using your white or off-white paint.

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Things You'll Need

  • Paper towel roll
  • Newspaper
  • 1 cup glue
  • 5 cups water
  • Water
  • Flour
  • White paint
  • Paint brush

About the Author

Joy Uyeno has been writing about travel, food, fashion, culture and finance since 2005. For three years she wrote a column for the "Honolulu Star-Bulletin" aimed at young and first-time travelers. Her writing has appeared in several local and national publications, including the 2008 anthology "Honolulu Stories." She holds a Master of Arts in writing and publishing from Emerson College.

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