Thursday, May 23, 2013

Making Dolls out of Toilet Paper Rolls - Intro to paper mache

Hello readers,

This project is in the art section of Plainview Life Magazine for the month of June.  If you found my blog through the magazine, welcome aboard!!! I hope you enjoy my projects.  On my blog, I will be adding additional photos of each project that are published in the magazine to help you understand better.  Also, please feel free to leave any questions in the comment section regarding the project and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

What are we learning?  Recycling toilet paper rolls and introduction to paper mache.

For the 
Body: A toilet paper roll, double sided tape, scissors, stapler, sheets of color paper, glue.
For the Head: Elmers white glue, 1.5" styrofoam balls ( available at any crafts store), paper towel, tooth picks and yarn for hair.

Head: Mix glue with a little water in a disposable plastic cup (less than 1/8 cup). Cut paper towel in 2"x2" squares and dip in your glue & water mixture. Remove excess mixture. Wrap the paper towel around your styrofoam ball, making an even first layer.  Stick a toothpick on your styrofoam ball and find something you can stick it in so it won't fall (ex.big eraser or play-dough) Repeat this process x2. The most important step is to let it dry over night before repeating the process. Once dry, you can add the yarn as hair by using double side tape and covering half of the ball in tape. Stick the yarn evenly and give it any style you like. 

Body:   Find your favorite color paper and glue it to your toilet paper roll or you can simply just paint it. Once decorated, give it a snip in the middle of the toilet paper roll, spread it flat. You will now attach the finished head by placing the toothpick right in the center with tape. Close it together by using a stapler as far as the top as you can get with your stapler so the bottom opens up. Finish by adding decoration.

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