How to Make a Paper Mache Rock


If you are putting together a theatrical play or stage performance, you can make the background look more realistic by placing a few props on the stage. For example, you can put faux rocks around a forest scene to make the forest look more natural. You can make an artificial rock out of a few basic craft supplies that can be found at an art supply store, such as paper mache pulp and acrylic paint.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard box
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Paper mache pulp
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Sponge
  • Mash the corners and edges of a cardboard box to make it look dented and mangled.

  • Mix together 6 cups of paper mache pulp and 3 cups of water in a bowl. Use a spoon to mix thoroughly. Let it sit for about 10 minutes.

  • Spread the paper mache pulp over the cardboard box until it has a 1-inch layer. Let the paper mache box dry for a couple hours until it has completely hardened.

  • Paint the entire surface of the paper mache rock using a paintbrush with medium gray acrylic paint. Let the paint dry.

  • Sponge lightly over the surface of the rock with black acrylic paint.

  • Sponge lightly over the surface of the rock with white acrylic paint. Let the rock dry thoroughly.

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