4. Once the
light coating of paint on your form is dry, coat it with something that the
papier-mâché will not want to stick to. Plastic wrap creates
a good non-stick work area for the papier-mâché process.
To keep the papier-mache from
sticking to the mold I used some coconut oil, but you could also use Vaseline. Spread
liberally over the form.
5. Papier-Mâché Time!
To make the papier-mâché mixture use
about a 1/3 cup Elmers glue, a few pinches of flour and a bit of water.
The consistency should be like pancake batter.
Dip strips of paper-towels, or
heavy-duty toilet paper in the batter and gently smooth one layer onto the
Apply the strips to the prepped mold, keeping in mind that the goal is to coat the form in only one layer.
be removing all of the foam when the papier-mâché is dry, so Do Not cover the
bottom of the foam head. Otherwise you won’t be able to get the foam out after
the papier-mâché has set.
While your Zero head is drying,
you can start on Zero’s ears and bottom jaw.
Zero’s ears and jaw were both created
by coating individual paper towel sheets in the papier-mâché mixture then
draping them over bottles and cans (covered by plastic wrap) and allowing them
to dry over night.
For the ears, I used one Viva paper
towel folded in half, and cut to be roughly the shape of Zero's ears.
For Zero’s bottom jaw, I cut-out a long thin triangle shape from the paper towel, one layer thick.
After the head has dried over night, you can begin to pull out
the florist foam.
I used a small knife to break apart
the foam in little chunks. If there are any small holes or tears you can patch
them with some toilet paper and Elmer’s glue.
For Zeros neck, use a toilet paper
roll cut to about 2” tall and using your Elmer’s, glue this ring to the base of
the head to form his neck.
Once the toilet paper collar has
dried completely, you can use a few more sheets of toilet paper and
papier-mâché to make the neck seamless with the rest of the
A strong and stable neck will be
important because this is where your main hanging string will be fastened.
Once the head, ears and neck are
completely dry, use small amounts of Elmer’s, to glue to all the pieces