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Papier Mache Hens

Introducing!!! my new papier mache hen design with a ‘curvier figure’ and arched back.


There have been many many welcomed requests over the past few months for more information on how to make and a pattern, so I finally got my act and time together to create

Some of the Key Steps:

1) The pattern is available here
1) Transfer the pattern onto mounting board preferably, or cereal box board. Mounting board makes for a very smooth rigid body.
2) Cut out the shapes with a craft knife or scissors, depending on the thickness of the board
3) First tape together the sides and base and fold up to the head and use a thin strip of tape to just hold the head together
4) If you are using mounting board you will need to soften the board for the sides, front and back, over the edge of the table to achieve a smooth curve of the board
5) tape up the back piece to the base and sides
6) secure the sides and base with more tape to ensure the shape is ‘locked together’
7) tape down the curved top again securely as possible to hold the shape, and continue on around the head, slotting in the comb as you go in whatever angle suits your hen’s character :)
now only the front panel should be open
8) through the front panel place in a plastic bag and into this stuff crumpled up newspaper, getting into all the corners, and filling out the hen to give her a nice plump and solid shape, without putting too much pressure on the seams, seal in the bag opening
9) now tape up the front panel, curving right up under the beak and again secure all gaps to ensure a solid join



Now it’s time to papier mache….

use this papier mache tutorial for tips on making the paste and the technique of applying papier mache


Decorating Your Hen

You can paint, paper or decopatch your hen.

– For paints I recommend using chalky matt household paints – I LOVE tester pots of Farrow & Ball and Little Green.
– For paper I use large scrapbooking paper or nice wrapping paper if I can find it

Tips on Papering

1) lay your templates again on your paper and cut out each piece, leave one centimeter border all around on the front, back, base and top pieces (to fold over the edges – you don’t want any gaps) and cut the sides accurately to the size of the template
2) make little cute along the one centimeter borders of the pieces as shown so as to create smooth neat edges


3) glue and smooth down these little tabs


4) for the beak and comb I use handmade paper for texture, just rip and glue with pva



5) now back to the wings and wattle, there is no need to papier mache these bits, just cover in the handmade paper and glue on with fast drying glue, such as copydex

My Papier Mache Hen Pattern is available on the main menu Pattern Page just click here :)

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