Colourful Cardboard Animal Heads

These fantastic animal heads are made from nothing more than cereal boxes, newspaper, flour paste, and paint—

It’s a simple project that you will love doing because it expands the creative imagination of the children.

To transform your cereal box into a colourful animal you will need…

  • Small or medium cereal boxesAnimal heads
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Newspaper
  • Tempera paint

First, make up some papier-maché paste… Combine 11/2 cups water and 1 cup flour; stir vigorously. Add 1/3 cup white glue and mix well. (You’ll need about 11/2 cups of paste per animal.)

  1. Then start with the cereal box. From the bottom, cut halfway up each corner seam with scissors.
  2. To shape the animal’s face, cut a curve into the bottom half of the front and back panels. (Make it pointier for a fox, rounder for a dog or a bunny.)
  3. Use masking tape to attach the side flaps along each edge. Trim excess.
  4. Cut out ears from a second cereal box and attach them to the animal head with masking tape.
  5. Use white glue to attach tightly crumpled balls of newspaper to the head for eyes and/or a nose.
  6. Tear newspaper into strips and squares that are roughly 2 to 4 inches wide.
  7. Dip the paper into the papier-maché paste, and smooth strips onto the animal head.
  8. Continue adding paper until all sections are covered with a few layers. Let it dry overnight.
  9. Decorate head with tempera paint, adding paper whiskers and eyelashes with white glue.
  10. Use hot glue to attach an unfolded paper clip to the back for hanging.


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