Realistic, very easy to make paper mache carrots.
They look fresh picked and good enough to eat.
Age: 6 and up, with a little help
Time scale: 2 out of 5
This is 1:3 scale, but you can adjust to the size you want. They can be made doll sized or large enough to be worthy of bugs bunny.
Craft smart: Jack o lantern Orange
Craft smart: Mustard Yellow
It doesn't matter what brand of paint you use. This is what I had on hand. These are not the best quality paints, but for this application, they worked just fine.
The American girl doll has just made a trip to the grocery store. She is filling her basket with all sorts of healthy things to eat. Someone told her carrots are good for your eyes.
Making paper mache carrots is as easy as pie. Actually, easier!
Start with a 6 x8 inch piece of tin foil. Fold in half to make it 3 inches wide. Roll, so it is wider at the top and comes to a point on the other end.
Cut off part of the wide end to make the total length just under 3 inches.
It should be about 1/2 inch wide, on thick end. If necessary, add a bit more tin foil at the top.
This should be a bit smaller than the completed size you want.
Wrap with masking tape.
Use a skewer stick or needle tool to poke 3 small holes in the top centre.
Mix up papier mache paste in a plastic margarine container.
Rip newspaper into 1/2 inch by 6 inch strips.
Dip newspaper in paste.
Remove excess paste.
Apply strips by wrapping around masking tape.
Do 3 layers.
Use the skewer stick or needle tool, to poke the holes through the newspaper strips, into the holes that were already made in the masking tape/tinfoil.
The three layers should be sufficient, because of the sturdy base.
After drying, give it a squeeze. If it feels firm, there is no need for more layers.
If it is squishy try adding another layer and check again, after drying.
Sand smooth using a medium grit sandpaper. After it is fairly smooth, switch to fine grit.
Paint the paper mache carrot with two layers of orange craft paint.
Use a liner brush to add lines of mustard yellow paint.
Make sure the three holes in the top, aren't full of paint. Poke with the skewer stick to open them back up after painting, if necessary.
Cut three lengths of wire, one 6 inches, another 6.5 and the third one, 7 inches.
Bend about 3 inches of the end into a circle.
Shape into three uneven lumps.
Twist wire together. (Since this is probably as clear as mud, Refer to the picture for clarification.)
Rip light green tissue paper into 1-1 1/2 inch pieces.
Add 1 part water to 3 parts white glue.
Apply glue mixture to the tissue paper.
Add 3 layers of tissue paper to both sides of the end of the wire.
Wrap paper around the whole length of the wire, except the last 1 inch or so.
Add more tissue paper until the wire doesn't show through.
Use hot glue on the end of each wire and push into the holes in the top of the carrot.
Apply a coat of water based clear wax finish.
Polish with a soft rag to bring out the shine.
Budget friendly, miniature Fruit and veggies are easy to make.
This is an inexpensive alternative to buying factory made doll food and its way more fun to make your own!
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