My entire childhood, I had dreamed of making papier mache creatures! It seems like an exaggeration to say MY ENTIRE CHILDHOOD, but I swear on my craft supplies that I spent many many idle moments planning and dreaming of various types of life size papier mache creatures that I would create if I could. But such a project needed wire, wire cutters, starch, large space and some adult supervision. My parents, however, were hard working immigrants doing their best to provide their children with the basics. Naturally, they didn't have the time or the desire to make papier mache creatures, even if they had the luxury of time - which they did not have.
I am coming full circle now. As a grown up (close to middle age) and as a parent of young children, I find that all I want to do is make stuff...and with my children at that. This past weekend I fulfilled my childhood dream and worked with sculpting papier mache people (while my kids completely ignored me). Here are the 2 projects I worked on from start to finish. I am in LOVE with them, but I am more in love with the whole gratifying, goopy, messy process.
I made a promise to the child in me that there will be many many more to come!
If you need to fulfill your childhood urge to make papier mache people, you should know that it just takes wire (20 gauge) to mold and shape, many strips of scrap paper, papier mache paste (some use liquid starch, but mine is 1/2 elmer's glue and 1/2 water.)