A winter giraffe

I started this blog 3 weeks ago, following an incident described in my post “The scary world of 12’s”, which was for me a moment of recognition that my closest circle don’t always supply answers to parenting surprises.

I am surprised and excited by the number of comments and new followers of my blog. I know that you are all very busy, and the fact that you are taking the time to read, and care enough to comment and share, is surprising for me and above my expectations.

I think I owe you a paper mache giraffe for that!



To those of you who are not familiar with paper mache yet:

There are endless paper mache sites / explanations.

Basically you need to prepare a paste made of glue and water in a bowl, stir it and use it with newspaper straps or mashed wet toilet paper.

Another attitude is to boil 4 cups of water, add to it a mix of 1 cup of flour with 2 cups of water and 2 spoons of salt: Cook it all on low fire for 4 minutes and let it cool.

Very fun to do with children, and an opportunity to discuss and demonstrate recycling.

If you use newspaper straps, you work with layers: The bigger the object is, the more layers you should put. (Let them dry between 3 – 4 layers and then continue). Another good suggestion is to make the external layer white, easier to decorate.

And last – you can use any kind of paint, but it’s recommended to seal it with varnish or an acrylic sealer.

I collected some ideas, there are endless of course.  

Note that these are various creative ideas of  various creative and talented people, none is mine:

These tins are created by people with disabilities:

Tins, created by people with disabilities

See the fish that can also become a mobile: The base contains polystyrene balls. The eyes are small balls, the tail is a piece of cardboard placed in the ball by making a small cut with a knife or scissors.


Here’s the link to this creative designer’s blog


She also made these owls, you already know about my obsession with owls…


OK, I love dogs as well, don’t even remember where I found this dog, sorry:




Houses can be made of milk boxes. You can also cut open windows and doors in it.


Another great idea can be an animal money-box, you cut a hole for coins in a cardboard box, add to it cardboard legs, eyes, nose, tail and cover it with paper mache.

Don’t forget to share with me other great ideas please!



Filed under Children, Quality time with kids

47 responses to “A winter giraffe

  1. Valerie

    I love paper mache’! Those fish with their bulgin eyes are so fun. 😀 I remember making a paper mache’ globe when I was in school!

  2. I’ve been meaning to do some paper mache-ing with the kids for some time now. This may give me the required push… Cool ideas.

  3. Life&Ink

    Blogging is tremendous fun, isn’t it! So glad you are here and what wonderfully happy projects! 🙂

  4. Love the houses! Even at 9 and 12, I bet my girls would have great fun making those. We love crafts around here. 🙂

  5. How about you just mail me one?

  6. George L. Verge

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    Can be as simple or as elegant as you like. And not all that expensive to do as well.

  7. This brings back fond childhood memories of papier mache – although our creations weren’t as sophisticated as the ones shown here.

  8. Balchi Bara

    good job

  9. Great ideas and photo examples! Thanks for sharing these!

  10. Very neat! I’m glad I came by your blog and will be checking back! Thanks for the like!

  11. I’ve never been into crafts (arts is a different matter!) but feel really tempted to try these out. I just need to borrow a child from somebody as an excuse 🙂

  12. Oh man – I want that giraffe!! 🙂

  13. Super cute! Can’t wait ’til my little one is big enough for crafts like this! Right now we are sticking with learning not to eat crayons.

  14. Taiwanda

    Nice ideas…Thanks for sharing :-).

  15. Oh my little hibou, you got my imagination soaring!

  16. Glad the blog is going well for you! Love the giraffe!

  17. Great ideas! Thanks for visiting Life Beyond the Picket Fence!

  18. Love the crafts! Am so going to start a paper mâché project with my kids. 🙂

  19. Wow. Those are amazing paper maches.

  20. I share your owl obsession and those paper maché ones are brilliant!!

  21. makingitcomplicated

    Somehow I don’t think my works of art would look quite the same as your examples! 😀

  22. – Masks are classic but a good one for patient people (need to protect the skin with vaseline before)
    – cover balloons and paint and hang them from the ceiling- would be fun nice and colourful ones for a baby or a kid’s room.

  23. ooh, lovely hand made collection you’ve got there!

  24. sophustanus

    That giraffe is hilarious, he made me smile

  25. Paper mache is an excellent developmental material for children to use and experiment with. Roylco produces these see-through molds that children can use to make animal masks! http://roylco.com/product/R52007. They just paint on the details later. We also make Masks of the World (who doesn’t love the intricate design of a Venetian mask or the solid and robust design of an African mask?) and fossil, sealife and bug molds that children can use to make paperweights or use in a classroom display! I will be posting some more ideas on how to use these molds within the coming months on our blog so keep checking back!

  26. So creative! Really beautiful! I’d forgotten how much fun paper maiche can be!

  27. LOL; these are specially appealing.

  28. I find blogging to be the most meaningful social exchange on the internet. We were planning to paper mache Valentine boxes. Not sure we will now, as we’re gotten into needle felting. 🙂 But, we are going to sometime.

  29. Thank you for reading my post, I really appreciate it. Your photos are beautiful!

  30. Great ideas for my craft pay it forward, thank you!

  31. What a great blog! Thanks for visiting my blog so that I could find yours!

  32. afternoongiraffe

    Oh, I want that giraffe so badly.

  33. I’ve always wondered what to do with this tape. love it on bottles and little pencils. Thank you for stopping by boomdeeadda too.

  34. adinatariq

    i made a cake
    and it is so interesting

  35. spzkaz

    Your blog is awesome. Lots of great information for raising children. I am a grandparent and I still have so much trouble getting things right sometimes. Great blogging!

  36. I love papier-maché and did a lot of it as a child. I’d forgotten, though, because it’s been so long! This makes me want to try something small to get my kids back into it… Thanks for sharing! (Oh, and I love anything to do with giraffes!)

  37. I tend to be curious whenever I see something about giraffes. I have giraffe moments – something I didn’t know existed until I was talking with a friend and couldn’t think of what I wanted to say. She told me “That’s okay, it’s a giraffe moment”. So I said “Okay. Why a giraffe?”. Turns out that if you throw food on the ground for a giraffe, he will get about 3/4 of the way down, forgets why he is bending and straightens up again and has nothing to eat. Some say the giraffe has the brain of a goldfish; I have no idea but it is a great story. I had buttons made the say “Relax, it’s a giraffe moment”. I would rather have a giraffe moment than a senior moment any day.

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