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Paper Mache Crayon

paper mache project

paper mache project

I love how the shiny black duct tape adds a look of precision to this paper mache project, even if the painting ends up a little wobbly.


• Cardboard mailing tubes, 36″ long

• Poster board

• Newspaper

• Paper Mache (se recipe below)

• Acrylic paint: white and crayon color

• Black duct tape

• Collage Pauge or other clear finish sealer



PREP WORK: Tape both mailing tube plastic caps to the outside of a 36″ tube. Cut half circles out of old folders or poster board and roll into cone. Staple, trim to make 8″ tall cone that is taped to the center of one cap. Cover heavily with masking tape.

WEEK 1: Students cover the entire crayon with one layer of newspaper and paper mache.

WEEK 2: Students paint the entire crayon white with acrylic paint. This makes the colors look much brighter when complete.

WEEK 3: Students paint the ends of the crayon with a solid acrylic paint (Michaels brand is good and cheap). White paint is used to tint the main color and applied where the crayon paper would be.

WEEK 4: Strips of black duct tape are torn to make a stripe on each end. Students cover the crayon with Mod Podge or Collage Pauge. An oval is cut from a long strip of tape, and poster markers are used to write inside.

Paper Mache Recipe
1 cups all-purpose flour
4 cups cold water
4 cups boiling water
1/2 cup sugar
In a bowl, combine the flour and cold water. Add to the saucepan of boiling water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar. Let it cool and thicken before using.