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Papier Mache Piggy Bank

by Helle Salin Nielsen

Do any of you have experience with the use of Papier Mache? I have seen a way to make a piggy bank using a balloon, an eggtray (for the legs and the snout) and Papier Mache (for covering the balloon and making the body). This is a good project for children, as long as you are the one with the knife/scissors.

Blow up the balloon, but do not let it get too tight. Close it carefully. Cut out legs and a snout for the pig from the eggtray - the part where the eggs are normally resting has the right shape and size. Cover the balloon in Papier Mache - only a thin layer. Let it dry. Then attach the legs and the snout to the balloon - they will glue much better to dry Papier Mache than to a slippery balloon. Now cover the balloon and the legs and snout with Papier Mache in thin layers and when you have achieved the desired look, finish the pig by making a tail out of a very thin strip of Papier Mache or a piece of rope. Let the piggybank dry. Then cut the slit for the money and paint it in the favourite colors of the reciepient.

When the papier mache dries, it hardens to the strength of cardboard of the thickness of the paper... So the more layers you use, the stronger. Also, the best glue to use is the kind you use to put wallpaper on the walls with - and it is cheap too.

I like the Peppermint Pig idea - combining them makes for a great gift. If you give your Papier Mache projects a layer of varnish (spray varnish is easiest, but varnish in a jar is cheaper) then you can wipe it clean with a damp cloth and the paint is protected.

I like Papier Mache projects for children, because:

They can make something out of cheap materials

They are allowed to be all sticky and messy and they get to tear up newspapers, which can be almost as much fun for a young child as making the project...

Variations

Peppermint Pig

(by Cynthia)

I have cut a hand hole in the back and am going to fill it with peppermint. It looks so cute and I think it is going to make a wonderful gift. I used toilet paper rolls cut to the size I needed not egg cartons but I ended up making them about that size...This is for a $5 gift exchange and I think mine will be the best!! ** not modest at all**

Papier Mache Bunny

(by myself)

Make a Papier Mache Bunny in a similar fashion and use it for storing cottonballs in - the plastic bags get smudged at some point.

Copyright 2000
Helle Salin Nielsen

About the author: Helle Salin Nielsen's internet nickname is Caitlin. She is an avid roleplayer, wargamer and general hobbyist. She is Danish and loves living in her small, friendly and happy North European country. Her hobbies include giftmaking and fanfiction - and her friends, online or not.

 

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