Make & do: papier mache pig


balloonsCrafting is always fun and the muckier the better (well that’s what kids think!).  Papier mache takes ages and yet is worth every minute.

For a papier mache pig, you will need:

  • A balloon
  • A lot of newspaper
  • A paper egg carton
  • Masking tape
  • Flour-water glue (instructions below)
  • Pink paint and a brush or pink tissue paper
  • One pink pipe cleaner
  • A craft knife
  • Felt Tip Marker
  1. Make simple, thin glue from flour and water. Mix 1 cup of flour into 1 cup of water until the mixture is thin and runny. Stir into 4 cups of boiling water. Simmer for about 4 minutes, and then cool.
  2. Blow up a balloon.
  3. Have the child tear a lot of strips of newspaper. Strips should be about 1 inch wide; length doesn’t really matter.
  4. Dip each strip of paper in the flour glue and wrap around the balloon. Leave it to dry overnight.
  5. Then repeat.
  6. Then repeat again. (Bet you’re doing it by yourself at this stage!)
  7. Let the papier-mâché balloon dry for a few days. When it is dry, you can pop and remove the balloon. This will be the body and head of the pig.
  8. After the papier-mâché is completely dry, it’s time to add the legs and the snout. Cut off 5 egg carton sections (one for each leg and the snout). Use the tape to attach them onto the body.
  9. To colour your pig, either paint it or you could use pink tissue paper.
    For the tissue paper coating, first tear or cut the tissue paper into small pieces .Then cover the pig with a thin layer of the flour-water glue.  Next, put the tissue paper pieces on the pig (you may need to add a little more glue) until you have a pink coat for the pig. Let it dry overnight.
  10. Insert a pipe cleaner into a hole at the tail end for a tail and curl.

Use a pen to draw an eye with curly eyelashes and use your craft knife to score a slot big enough to put money in. Then you have your pig!