Your paper mache pig can become a bank or a pig toy.
Your little one says, “Mommy, make me a pig.” That might take you by surprise, but you can create an adorable paper mache pig your little one can help decorate once the paper mache dries. The pig will be light weight and easy for him to carry, reasonably durable and enjoyable because you made it for him. You can hang it from the ceiling in his room or place it on a dresser or bookshelf where he can see it often.
1Blow up an oblong balloon about 9 inches long and tie it off. Tie one end of a piece of string around the knot and the other end around a yard stick. Suspend the yard stick between a table and the back of a chair. This will make it easier to completely cover the balloon with paper mache.
2Mix 1 cup of flour and 1 teaspoon of alum with 1 cup of water in a large bowl. Stir the mix with a spoon until smooth. Add 4 cups of hot water and stir until the mix is thin and runny. This is your paste.
3Tear or cut strips of newspaper into 1-inch strips. Cover the floor under the balloon and bowl with large sheets of newspaper or a plastic drop cloth. Dip each strip into the glue and then place it on the balloon, smoothing it around the balloon in a single layer until the balloon is fully covered. Cover with a second layer of newspaper strips.
4Cut four 3/4-inch slits in the top edge of four 3-ounze paper cups. Spread the slits flat and use double-sided tape to affix the four legs on the bottom of the balloon. Cover the flaps and legs with paper mache strips until the cups are completely covered. Cut four 1 1/2-inch slits in the top edge of a fifth cup to create your piggy snout. Tape and affix the snout into place. Cover the snout with strips of paper mache.
5Cut two triangles out of cardboard that is 2 inches high with a 2-inch base. Fold the bottom edge of the base up 1/2 inch and curve the tip toward the base. Tape the ears into place above and to each side of the snout. Cover the ears with paper mache strips.
6Allow the pig to dry, hanging from the string. Once it’s dry, you or your little one can paint the pig pink with non-toxic paint. Draw the pig’s mouth, nose slits and eyes in with black marker.
7Poke an ice pick through the paper mache where the tail would go. The balloon will pop when you stick the ice pick through the paper mache. Stick a curled pipe cleaner through the hole.
8Cut a 1 1/2-inch long and 1/2-inch wide slit in the top of the pig’s back if your little one wishes to use the pig as a bank.
Things You'll Need
- Plastic drop cloth
- 3-ounce paper cups
- Double-sided tape
- Pink paint
- Black markerIce pick
- Pipe cleaner