DIY Paper Mache Animal Head: The Fox Edition


A few months ago I posted this tutorial on how I made a paper mache zebra head that was inspired by Lil Blue Boo Blog’s tutorial . This spring I decided to make another mounted paper mache head, but this time a fox! I also did a better job at documenting all of my steps from start to finish.


First I cut out a piece of foam board to start off the head, and to make sure it was a good size for my wooden plaque.


Then I built the basic shape I wanted from crumbled up newspaper and masking tape. Once you have a general shape you like you can cover everything with a layer of paper mache. I just use a flour and water mixture for my paste and paper towels for my under layers. One key point is that you want to let every layer thoroughly dry before you put your next layer on. I even put my sculpture in the oven at 200 degrees for a few hours if it was a particularly humid day. Moldy paper mache is no fun.


After that initial layer, I constructed some cardboard ears and taped them on. You can see the consistency of my paste in this photo really isn’t very thick.


Here I’ve covered the ears with the paper mache.


Now your animal really starts coming to life! For my next layer I balled up paste covered paper towels to make little eyes and twisted strips together to add eyebrows and other details. After I stuck the details on, I covered them with a smooth layer of paper.


When you’re happy with your shape you can cover your animal with whatever paper you want using Mod Podge. When the animal is covered you can then glue and nail it to your plaque. I did both to make sure it was very secure.


To cover up the nail holes, I just Mod Podged some more paper on top.


Then you can paint your paper mache animal head how ever you would like, or not at all, and enjoy it for years to come! I really enjoy working with paper mache. Can you tell? I wonder what animal I should do next. Any suggestions?

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  1. That turned out so cute! I particularly love that you left the “white” parts unpainted. I’m inspired to try this!

  2. That is one beautiful animal head – I love that you used a fox!! I can see this in my son’s room easy!

  3. Thanks so much for your kind comments! Mrs.Liayf and CeciBean, let me know if you make one. I’d love to see it!

  4. Young House Love linked to my tutorial! I’m in a little bit of fan shock right now. Thanks so much!

  5. Janine Melnitz says:

    Papier mâché.

  6. This is fabulous! Absolutely inspiring.

  7. My wife sent me a link to this project asking me to do a moose. Have you ever made a paper mache moose head?

    • I haven’t ever made a moose, but it sounds fun! If you try it I would make sure your armature making the shape of the head is strong to support the weight of the head. Let me know how it goes!

  8. I’m doing a woodland theme for my baby’s room and I thought this would be perfect – not too bad for my first ever time paper mache-ing! (pics and a linkback posted there)

  9. If you add salt to your mix it prevents mould… ih and when doing layers if you alternate between newspaper layer and plain white paper layer it makes it easy to see your coverage.. 🙂


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