Ron Graham
Puppets and other papier mache creations.
Fine art with paper as medium or support.


A papier mache puppet head
to quickly make at home


A simple puppet can be easily and quickly made out of paper. My puppets are made from paper pulp with moulds. That’s hard, but you can make a real good puppet, like the one pictured below, without going to all that trouble. Here's how, and have fun.

Here’s what you need...

A puppet head like this is made with only a few simple items...

A simple puppet can be easily and quickly made out of paper. My puppets are made from paper pulp with moulds. That’s hard, but you can make a real good puppet, like the one pictured below, without going to all that trouble. Here's how, and have fun.

Basic egg of head

1. Main "egg" of head

Start with your cardboard tube, 3 newspaper sheets (about 60cm by 40cm), and masking tape...

Adding facial features

2. Adding facial features.

Using just balls and twists of newspaper stuck on with masking tape, you now add the features to the face. To make a twist, roll paper into a tube first, then twist it tightly. You can double it over on itself to make it thicker.

Dry work finished

3. Modelling and firming up.

Now you use masking tape and small wads of dry newspaper to model and firm up the face. It is surprising how firm and expressive a shape you can make with just newspaper and paper masking tape. Use the stretchability and slight elasticity of the masking tape to help with modelling and firming up.

Applying papier mache

4. Applying papier mache.

Papier mache applied

5. Finishing papier mache.

Painting and decorating

6. Painting and decorating

You are now ready to paint the face, and add the hair and other bits and pieces.


The Finished Puppet
Finished puppet head

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