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Thursday, 22 January 2015

Arts 'n' Crafts | Paper Mache Head

"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls."
Pablo Picasso

Howdy! Welcome to the latest in my Arts & Crafts series. This one is a little odd. My mum came to me last week and asked if I would paper mache a styrofoam head she bought to display her knitted hats and hair bands she makes. You can check out her stuff here. Anyway, I obviously jumped at a chance. I'm pretty much up for anything when there's PVA glue involved. The best crafts are the ones that involve making a mess. Another plus being I could make a blog post about it! 

PVA glue
Paint brush
Lazy Susan
Cup of water
Brown paper

I think this is pretty self-explanatory, but I guess I'll tell you what I did anyway. I poured out some of the PVA in a bowl and added some water to water it down a little. Just so it would spread easier.

Once I made up the PVA glue, I tore up some of the brown paper. I started doing it in squares, but I found that strips worked better. I painted the glue on the head first, then dipped the strip in the PVA and then pasted it down with a brush. Oh, I also had the head on a lazy Susan, so I could turn it around as I worked. On the most part it all went well. It was a little difficult to keep it smooth. The eyes, nose and mouth areas were the most difficult. Eventually I had the whole thing covered. It didn't look great. To be honest, it looked kind of scary. Once it had fully dried I gave most of it a second coat, just to make it a little more durable.

And the final result. Uhm, well... I guess it's something. I actually still  find it pretty scary. It looks like an Egyptian mummy. I had planned to show it sporting one of mum's creations but my dad put them away before Christmas and she didn't know where they are to get them out again in time for this post. So I guess my Penguin's hat will have to do.

So yeah, that's this week's instalment of my Arts & Crafts series. While I might find the finished product something nightmares are made of, I had a lot of fun doing this. I kind of wonder if perhaps it might have looked less freaky if I'd used some kind of patterned paper or something. Originally I had thought it would be better to keep it a neutral colour, to make sure whatever was displayed on it wouldn't be overpowered or clash. I guess you live and learn. 

Do you enjoy PVA projects as much as I do?


  1. Great post even though you're right the head is pretty creepy! xx

    1. Thanks. My mum was happy with it, so I guess that's all that matters. :D xo

  2. This looks so fun! Such a good idea!


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