How to Make a Paper Mache Monkey


Paper mache comes from the French words "papier mache," which means paper bound together by an adhesive, such as glue or tape. A paper mache monkey is easy to make from materials in your home. Scraps of paper, newsprint and paper shopping bags can be used and taped to create the head and body of a monkey.

Things You'll Need

  • Scraps of newspaper and paper shopping bags
  • Masking tape
  • Modeling clay
  • Craft paint
  • Yarn
  • Water and flour glue
  • Collect scraps of paper and mold them into a ball to make the face of a monkey. Secure the paper scraps with masking tape. Cover the tape with a mixture of flour and water. Paint the face using fast drying craft paint, such as water colors, oil or acrylic.

  • Use modeling clay to form the monkey's eyes. Use a chopstick or pencil to create the mouth and nostrils by poking the instrument into the face. Use modeling clay to fill in the indentations. Cover the indentations with a mixture of flour and water. Paint the mouth and nostrils using fast drying craft paint, such as water colors, oil or acrylic.

  • Create the body of the monkey (arms, legs, torso and tail) from scraps of paper. Make the arms as long as the torso from neck to waist. Make the legs as long as the torso from waist to toes.The torso should be barrel shaped. Create fingers and toes by cutting paper and taping them. Connect the body parts by securing them with masking tape and a mixture of flour and water. Paint the body parts uniformly with craft paint when the adhesive is dry.

  • Make the neck of the monkey using paper scraps. Secure the head to the neck using masking tape and flour and water adhesive. Paint the head with craft paint when the head is dry.

  • Create hands and feet with toes and fingers connected to one another with masking tape. Cover them with flour and water adhesive and paint them when they are dry.

  • Add finishing touches to your paper mache monkey. Use yarn for hair on body parts, such as the head, arms, legs and torso. Attach the yarn with a flour and water adhesive.

Tips & Warnings

  • For the flour and water adhesive use one part flour to one part water.

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