How funky are these CATS! These tied in nicely with our term Cats theme (inspired by the Andy Warhol / Ai Weiwei Cats exhibition on in Melbourne at the moment).
The kids have been begging me to do paper mache so I devised a paper mache cat project. I often get my ideas from others (thanks everyone for being so good and sharing ideas) however this one I did come up with all on my own so here are the instructions.
Before starting we watched a couple of youtube videos by Dan Reeder for inspiration. His paper mache creations are amazing!
What you need:
- empty water bottles (with rice in the bottom to keep them standing upright)
- masking tape
- brown paper bags (small lunch sized ones)
- stiff cardboard
- aluminum foil
- paper mache paste (I made my own just mixing flour and water)
- spray paint (you could use normal paint just takes longer to dry)
- accessories (feathers, eyes, jewels, fabric, pipe cleaners, wire, noses, buttons, ribbon, glitter, beads etc)
- hot glue gun or white glue
- Make the forms using the water bottles, newspaper scrunched for a head and foil / cardboard for the ears and tail. Use masking tape to attach everything. I went around the room and helped with this as needed and ensured bits were stuck on well enough.
- Tear up two brown paper bags into strips (the kids did this themselves)
- Coat paper strips with paper mache paste and apply one layer over entire form
- Allow to dry
|Containers of paper mache paste - just plain flour and water mixed|
|Cats before decorating|
- Tear up two brown paper bags
- Coat paper strips with paper mache paste and apply a second layer over entire form
- Allow to dry
- Spray cats with spray paint (low toxic sugar spray, using masks and outside)
- Leave to dry outside for 5 mins and then bring inside to add accessories
- For the eyes and noses we used the ones you buy for teddies and I drilled a hole in the paper mache for them to be pushed in.
- The kids then got really creative using fabric for clothes, feathers for the hair or hats, wire whiskers (some were pushed in some were glued) etc
They all have such cute different personalities. I made the children leave them in the studio for a week so we could all admire them. Great effort everyone!