Thursday, March 24, 2011
So I am in love with these papier maché animal busts and want to make one. Not buy one, though I suppose that would be simpler. But I'm a DIYer at heart and love customizing. Why buy something that's only 70% what you want when you can make it yourself and get exactly what you were going for in the first place? (Unfortunately, I still need to learn little skills like patience and precision for the latter to happen on a regular basis!)
The rhino above costs $68 at Anthropologie, arguably my favorite inspiration store ever. We received a gift certificate for a wedding present and if these had been on the website, I might have had a hard time deciding between this and the bowls and table runner I ended up with (for the same price).*
What I love about these is the juxtaposition of printed material with the familiar patterns and shape of the animals. It appeals to the bookish vintage junkie in me. But I'd love it even more if I could choose the text. So I found this tutorial, of sorts, as well as a basic site on papier maché.
I'm thinking that the form can be made with coat hanger and floral wire. A mesh would be best for the base, and I'm pondering plastic "entretela" as a support for the paper strips. It's sort of like large-holed cheesecloth. I'm not sure I can tackle this project in Brazil, because it might never dry. But who knows? If anyone out there ends up making one, do tell me how it turns out!
* The mini latte bowls have gotten so much use at our house. I use them as prep bowls, serving dishes for nuts and dried fruit, portion-controlled desserts and so much more. Who would have thought something so small would be so utilitarian?