How to Make a Paper Mache Bull's Head

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You can even add a nose ring to your bull’s head.
You can even add a nose ring to your bull’s head. (Image: Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

When you're putting on a theatrical production, you may feel frustrated by how expensive costume props can cost to buy from a costume supply store. An alternative is to make props yourself using basic craft supplies. You can easily and inexpensively make a bull's head for a costume out of paper mache. This will not only save money but also will allow you to customize the costume accessories.

Things You'll Need

  • Large balloon
  • Medium balloon
  • Masking tape
  • 2 empty paper towel tubes
  • Scissors
  • 2 empty toilet paper tubes
  • Bowl
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 3 cups water
  • Spoon
  • Newspaper
  • Straight pin
  • Acrylic paint, black and other colors as desired
  • Paintbrush
  • Clear acrylic glaze

Inflate a large balloon and knot the end. Inflate a medium balloon and knot the end. Tape the medium balloon onto the end of the large balloon using masking tape. These balloons form the basic structure of the bull's head.

Cut two paper towel tubes lengthwise. Wind the tubes into cones then tape the seams of the cones using masking tape to secure them.

Tape the cones onto the top of the large balloon using masking tape. These will form the bull's horns.

Cut two toilet paper tubes lengthwise then wind the tubes into wide, opened cones. Tape the ends of the cones with masking tape to secure them.

Tape the opened cones onto either side of the large balloon using masking tape. These will form the bull's ears.

Pour 3 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt and 3 cups of water into a bowl. Stir the mixture with a spoon for a few minutes to blend the ingredients well.

Cut newspaper into strips measuring 2 inches wide and 6 inches long. Dip each strip into the flour mixture then drape them over the bull's head model. Cover the entire model with six layers of moistened newspaper strips. Allow the paper mache bull's head to air dry for 12 hours.

Cut a 12-inch hole out of the bottom of the bull's head and pop the balloons inside with a straight pin. Remove the popped balloons. Cut out two small eye holes using scissors. This will allow you to use the bull's head as a mask.

Paint the bull's head using acrylic paints then allow it to dry for 30 minutes. Paint a layer of clear acrylic glaze over the dried paint and allow it to dry for 30 minutes before using the bull's head.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add decorative touches, such as a ring through the bull's nose, as desired.

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