Kid's Activity: Paper Mache Pig

by Melissa Jaramillo and Julie Snyder

Paper mache is fairly easy to do, but incredibly messy. Without a doubt you will wish to work in old clothes and cover your work surface with newspaper. If the weather is nice I've even moved this one outdoors! Please do not let these warnings discourage you however. The end result is one that offers a sense of pride and accomplishment for your child (and you!)

Our project today will be to create a Paper Mache Piggy Bank! These little guys are fun to make, adorable to look at, and serve a practical purpose as well! Simply follow the instructions and allow your child to be prepared that this is a project that can take a few days 'til completion.

Paste Recipe

In a small bowl, combine 1 cup of water with ¾ cup of flour. Stir together until fully blended. If necessary, add up to ¼ cup more flour or water until you are able to obtain a smooth consistency. Heat 4 cups of water to boiling and then stir in flour mixture from bowl. Allow to simmer on low for 2½ to 3 minutes and then cool. This will serve as your "glue". (Optional tips: Add ½ teaspoon of salt into boiling mixture to reduce chance of mold. Add several drops of wintergreen oil (can be purchased at drugstore or grocers) to help your paste last longer.

Materials needed for your project

  • Newspaper strips approximately 1 inch wide (*hint* Tear, don't cut! The torn strips seem to work better on paper mache)
  • Balloon (any color)
  • Pink tempera paint (if your child prefers his/her pig another color that is allowed!)
  • Paint brush
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Masking Tape
  • Pink (or matching paint color) pipe cleaner
  • Black marker
  • Knife (craft knife is recommended)

Directions

  1. Blow up and tie balloon to the size desired for your pig. Be careful in blowing it too big as it may pop before your project is finished!
  2. Dip one strip of newspaper into your paste and then lay carefully over the balloon. Continue this process, going in overlapping directions until entire balloon is covered.
  3. Allow to dry thoroughly. (Note -- this may take an hour or more.) Repeat with 2 more layers -- again allowing to dry in between.
  4. After final layer has been put on, allow the project to dry for 24 - 48 hours. (My suggestion is to distract by blowing up more balloons and playing a game of balloon volleyball!)

Julie Snyder is a mom of six, interested in kids, pregnancy, birth, people and lives in the outlying Seattle area. Melissa Jaramillo is mom to many. She's passionate about building, encouraging, and strengthening families on this adventure known as parenthood!

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