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Kids Crafts: Paper Mache Dino Bank

| September 19, 2012 | 28 Comments

paper mache craftsI decided to quickly take advantage of the remaining days of holiday to make some Paper Mache Piggy Banks with the kids! They have recently really gotten into their ceramic piggy banks (don’t ask) and are forever playing with them. I thought a paper mache version maybe safer and less likely to break.

With paper mache I have two “main tips”: give yourself PLENTY of time. This is not a “do it one day craft”, I would say at the very least two days of crafting, with a week in total: one day for making and one day for painting, with lots of drying in between. For our dinos, which were a little more “ambitious”, we actually had 2 paper mache days and one painting session.

Secondly: do not rush the drying process – I have seen a number of paper mache failures in the past shared by my readers – where the balloon inside contracts before the mache is fully dry and your perfect sphere, suddenly is all crumpled. My impression, that the main culprit for this is speedy drying – e.g. placing your paper mached balloon on or near a radiator or other heat source. Just hang your creation up and wait a day or two for it to dry gradually.

So. Onto our Dinos!!!!!!

We actually started off by making Piggys.. but unlike with our Solar System Paper Mache, Red Ted quickly lost interest (just wasn’t one of his days???). So I discussed with him, what he would like to do and how we could “reinvigorate” the piggies for him. And somehow.. we ended up with the idea of Paper Mache Dinosaur Piggy Banks!!!!! Result. I made. They painted.

Materials: Homemade paper mache paste, newspapers, balloon, a piece of card (for the triceratops), paint (we used acrylic, but you can use ordinary poster paint and then varnish your creations afterwards)

Easy  Paper Mache Paste:

  • 1 part flour, 2 parts water – mix.
  • Place in the microwave and blast at full power for 40 seconds. Stir. Repeat. Stir. Repeat etc.. until you have a nice thick paste.
  • Try and remove any lumps, they only get in the way later!

1) Tear newspaper into different size strips. Large ones are great for covering lots of area quickly and small ones are great for tidying up and finishing off details.

paper mache balloons

2) Blow up your balloon in your desired size. We made ours reasonably small. We don’t have space for giant dino piggy banks!!! Then cover it up in approximately 3-4 layers of paper. Add lots of paste and smooth it down nicely and smoothly.

3) Hang up to dry and let dry FULLY.

papier mache

4) In the meantime, I made the Apatosaurus head – as it is so long, it is handy to make it first and also let it dry, else it will topple off your dino. I made a ball out of newspaper, then scrunched up some more in a long neck shape. I then took a long strip of newspaper, smoothered the neck in paper mache paste and wrapped the strip around, smoothing it as I went along. Add more strips of paper mache. Take another medium strip of newspaper, smoothered in pasted and wrap it around the head. Smoothing and shaping as you go along. Connect the head to the neck, with one long strip of newspaper – running from nose, across the head and down the neck. Then lots of little pieces around and under the head and neck area. Add more layers to be on the safe side!

Let dry FULLY!

I made the triceratops face and tail in the same way – but they didn’t have to dry first!

papier mache

5) Once balloons are fully dried, make some feet: roll up some strips of newspaper and fill with more scrunched up bts of newspaper. Add lots of paste to keep it all in place as you go along. Make 4 for each dino. Place all 4 legs on table and place the balloon on top of them – this will help you find a good position for the feet. Now attach them with small strips of newspaper and paste. Criss cross your strips of newspaper  to make it nice and secure.

6) You can attached the Apatosaurus’s head with more strips and paste. Then make a tail in the same fashion as 4) – i.e. scrunch up a piece of newspaper into a tail shape, wrap strips of paste dunked paper around and shape. Attached the tail with further strips of newspaper and paste. Keep smoothing and shaping!

papier mache

For the Triceratops – do exactly the same. Save for that you need a piece of card for the brow. See image. Again, attach it with newspaper strips. Then place the scrunched up newspaper face in front of it and start laying it with more paste and paper. Shaping and squishing as you go along.

Make 3 little cones for horns and again secure with paste and newspaper.

papier mache recipe

FINALLY… let dry.

papier mache recipe

And once dry.. let the kids loose on it!! Whoop whoop! They painted in two sessions – first layer. Let it dry and then added spots and stripes.

papier mache piggy banks

paper mache

Ta-da!!!! Finally when all is completely dry, stick on some googly eyes and cut some slits for your money!

paper mache craft

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  1. Judy says:

    Those dino banks are so cute…I’ll bet the security is much better than a mere piggy bank too ;)

  2. Pinkoddy says:

    I have to say the dinosaur is what makes it really interesting. Great job. Thanks for hosting.

  3. Brilliant we love paper mache especially with homemade paste (THANK YOU)

  4. Red Ted Art says:

    Pinkoddy – thank you
    Cerys – and yes, homemade paste is the BEST!

  5. They are fantastic…I just imagine the mess I would make though :-)

  6. Merry says:

    You are so much more patient than me!

  7. ooooh lovely…you are so clever Maggy :-)

  8. Jennifer says:

    They are wonderful, I love the colours! I’ve not been brave enough to try paper mache yet…definitely need to give it a go! My children are also obsessed with piggy banks at the moment, they love posting coins in and out.

  9. Red Ted Art says:

    Emma – yes, I admit, paper mache is messy!
    Merry – well.. I have to pull myself together A LOT
    Jennifer – it is worth it… but you need space and time for sure!

  10. Thanks for the weekly linky!

  11. Red Ted Art says:

    My pleasure :-)

  12. Carolin says:

    Love this idea. Amy is still a little young for it, but I’ll definitely put this on my to-craft list ;)

  13. amber says:

    OH my goodenss those turned out so cute!

  14. Kelley says:

    This is PERFECT! I have a dino obsessed 2 year old, who loves to get his hands dirty! This is going on the top of the “to do” list!

  15. Red Ted Art says:

    Carolin – I love craft lists… our is very long!

    Amber – I think the kids did an amazing job with the painting… I was “against” Red Ted’s colour scheme, but it turned out so well!! :-)

  16. Ladyle says:

    Love that and must try with my sons. Thank you for your crativity.

  17. Red Ted Art says:

    My pleasure and thank you!

  18. Roshni says:

    Wow! That requires patience but what a great end-result!!

  19. Rebecca says:

    These look fab! I’ve not done papier mache since I was at school, but must try it again soon.

  20. Ashley says:

    Very cute dinos! We haven’t tried paper mache yet!

  21. LOVE this! Luka is really into dinosaurs at the moment! Thanks for sharing :)

  22. oooh love those!

    Thanks for linking up to Science Sparks and sorry for the late comment. xx

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