Just over a month ago I moved house… and let me tell you that process produces a tremendous amount of trash in the form of packing materials Although most of it got recycled I held back on a few choice pieces of cardboard and some packing paper.
Most of our stuff has gone into storage and while our lovely town house is beautifully decorated, it is missing a bit of wall art. Nothing that can’t be fixed by a creative use of cardboard and a bit of paper mache.
Behold a lovely new sea horse I have named Sebastian. I am sure he will be good friend with Sally the driftwood sea horse who is currently in hibernation, somewhere in Ohio I believe!
This project did take a little longer than I anticipated but is not at all difficult and if you would like to make one too this is what you will need.
- Large pieces of cardboard
- craft knife
- hot glue gun
- Waste paper for papier mache – packing paper was great for this but old newspaper would work just as well
- Elmers glue or any white PVA glue
- Plaster of Paris
- selection of acrylic craft paints. I used just four colors
- Start by sketching out your sea horse shape and any embellishments you’d like to have.
- Using a craft knife cut it out. Then by using your first cutout as a template cut out another identical shape but this time cut out the embellishments.
- With a hot glue gun stick down the embellishment pieces to creature a 3d texture. I ended up with some areas with 3 thicknesses of cardboard. Punch a couple of small holes and thread some string through to create a means to hang when your masterpiece is done.
- Add several layers of paper mache ( paper layer stuck down with paper mache paste) to soften the hard edges of the cardboard. I experimented with several paste recipes but this one I got from Ultimatepapermache.com was fantastic and is the one I recommend.Mix together:
- 1/4 cup white glue (Elmer’s Glue-All® or any PVA glue)
- 1 tablespoon cold water
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
Then mix in:
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) plaster of Paris
- Finally paint …really however you like. I used just fours colors, black white and two tones of brown. I used a dry brush technique to create the feeling on stone.
Creative in Chicago