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How to Make a Paper Maché Stegosaurus Box

How to Make a Paper Mache Beetle Box and a Pterodactyl

with Tom Chen

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What you will learn:


Class 1:

  • Drawing the body pattern and using it to form the various body parts
  • Forming the body parts with newspaper and masking tape
  • Assembling the body parts
  • Reinforcing the body parts

Class 2:

  • Modifying the head for antennae placement
  • Forming the shell structure
  • Placing the shell on the body
  • Reinforcing the shell placement
  • Designing the box lid latches
  • Adding the paper mache to the sculpture
  • Speeding up the drying proces

Class 3:

  • Designing the box opening
  • Creating the box space in the body
  • Adding paper mache to the body
  • Modifying the sculpture
  • Creating the eyes.
  • Adding the hard skin to the sculpture
  • Adding a wire hook for wall hanging
  • Adding antennae

Class 4:

  • Painting the beetle
  • Choosng a color palate
  • Creating interesting flowing visual paint patterns

Class 5: 

  • Refining the paint patterns
  • Adding accent colors
  • Adding a gloss varnish to create shine and preserve the sculpture

Class 6 - Pterodacyl:

  • Forming the body parts
  • Designing the mouth
  • Creating teeth and body spines
  • Drawing a wing schematic
  • Creating a wing framework
  • Creating rear legs, feet and claws
  • Placing rear legs on the body

Class 7:

  • Securing body parts
  • Creating the wing framework
  • Reinforcing the wing skeleton
  • Posing individual wing elements for an interesting pattern
  • Creating the wing membrane
  • Creating the final wing shape
  • Posing the head
  • Modifying the tail to suit taste

Class 8:

  • Creating eyes (choice and placement)
  • Adding paper mache to the body

Class 9:

  • Creating a solid "skin" for the sculpture
  • Adding the skin to the body and the wings
  • Painting the sculpture:
  • Applying a primer layer
  • Creating an interesting pattern
  • Choosing a color palate
  • Preserving some transparency in the wing membrane
  • Adding highlights to the sculpture
  • Course Summary showing the completed beetle and pteryodacyl projects,
  • Some final thoughts on the projects and a thank you to all the viewers!


  • Bonus Class: Making the Samurai Helmet
How to Make a Paper Maché Stegosaurus Box

About the course

Tom will demonstrate, using paper mache, how to make two critters. A beetle with a hidden storage box and a pterodactyl (flying prehistoric reptile) bonus material is how to make the samurai helmet..

Open Facebook Group to students of this course:
Curious Mondo: How to Make a Paper Mache Beetle

Time table:
9 hours


Target market:

Main objective:
Learn how to use paper and glue to create a whimsical creature.


Tom Chen Curious Mondo Instructor

About the instructor

Tom Chen

Tom is a Bay Area native trained in the biologicial sciences, graphic arts and computer animation. His inspirations include comic book art and science fiction. He creates whimsical sculptures using a papier-mâché and cloth technique that he has refined over the last few years.

The creatures are made with newspaper, bed sheets, paper towels, coat hangers and other ordinary household items. "My passion", he says "is to transform this stuff into a critter with a personality."

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