When we finished reading Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, it was the perfect time to make a paper mache pig. As homeschoolers, we enjoy many, many literature read alouds together as a family. This story was just the beginning of summers at the county fair for us. And, along with that new ritual, we enjoyed making a paper mache pig. Here is how you can make one, too.
Materials for Paper Mache Pig
- Balloon, preferably round
- Cardboard and/or paper towel roll
- Masking tape or some other strong tape
- Newspaper or other thin paper
- Pink paint
- Pink pipe cleaner
- Other paper/markers
Directions for Paper Mache Pig
Blow up your balloon. Using cardboard and/or the paper towel roll, cut shapes for the pig’s ears, snout, and legs. Attach those pieces to the balloon with masking tape. Next, you will need to combine the flour and water in a bowl. Tear newspaper or other thin paper into strips. Dip those strips into the flour and water mixture. Lay them all over the pig. Yes, it will be messy, but it will be fun, too! Let it dry.
It will take at least overnight to dry, depending on how thick and wet you have your layer of paper mache. If you can give it a couple days to dry, that is even better. Repeat this procedure two or three times until satisfied. As you can see, the effect of multiple layers makes it look like I primed it with white paint. But, that is actually the result of several layers of paper strips dipped in the flour and water mixture.
Once you are pleased with your pig, it’s time to paint it pink. Apply at least one layer of pink paint to the pig. If you wish, apply one or two more coats. Let it dry thoroughly in between each coat of paint. Curl the pink pipe cleaner into a spiral and carefully poke it through the rear of your pig. Don’t worry about the balloon inside. Even if it does pop, you won’t see any effect on your pig. The strong paper mache structure is no longer at risk of deflating. Using markers and paper or even other colors of paint, continue to add the other necessary feature to your pig such as eyes, nostrils, and mouth.
Paper Mache Pig Conclusion
It is always a joy to see young children appreciate good books. Adding in crafts, projects, and other activities allows them to feel physically involved in the experience. The memory will be more secured in heart and mind. I hope your pig looks radiant.