How to Make a Paper Mache Dinosaur

Although it is a complete shame that the world is lacking living, breathing dinosaurs, you can revive a little of that long-lost era with a paper mache replica. Making a paper-mache dinosaur is a fun art project to do alone or with friends. Children will enjoy the messy and creative aspects of this artistic undertaking as well. Whether you are interested in crafting a peaceful triceratops or a terrifying tyrannosaur, it will be a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Wallpaper paste
  • Bowl
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paint
  • Balloon
  • Paper towel tubes
Paper Mache Dinosaur
Paper Mache Dinosaur (Image: Dale Davidson)

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Step 1

Inflate a large balloon as the central body part of your dinosaur along with a smaller balloon for its head.

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Step 1

Step 2

Soak strips of newspaper with wet wallpaper paste in a shallow bowl, lay them over the balloons and allow them to dry. Completely cover the balloons in two layers or more to give the art added strength.

Step 2
Step 2

Step 3

Attach paper towel tubes at even intervals to act as stable legs and a tail for the dinosaur. Be sure that the tubes touch the base at the same level and angle to keep your dinosaur from tipping over.

Step 3
Step 3

Step 4

Join the head and body by gluing the paper mache spheres to the opposite sides of another paper towel tube. This tube functions as your dinosaur’s neck.

Step 4
Step 4

Step 5

Paint the dinosaur with acrylic and tempura paints. Include details such as eyes, nostrils and jaw lines.

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Step 5

Tips & Warnings

  • Be creative when coloring your dinosaurs, as the skin colors and body patterns of dinosaurs remain a mystery to mankind.
  • Wait for paper mache, glue and paint to dry before advancing with this project.

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