Paper Mache Orange

Make an adorable, miniature Paper Mache orange. It's a great addition to your doll food collection.


Age: 5 and up 

Difficulty: Easy

Time scale: 2 out of 5 (Not including drying time.)


  • Tin foil
  • Ruler
  • Newspaper strips
  • Masking tape 
  • Tablespoon
  • Needle tool
  • Paper mâché paste
  • Small plastic container
  • Small stipple brush
  • Liner brush 
  • 1/4 inch paint brush
  • Water based wax
  • Soft rag
  • Water based craft paint:


               Dark Yellow

               Kelly Green


How to Make a Paper Mache Orange

To make a Paper Mache orange that is 1:3 scale, start with a piece of tinfoil 12x6 inches. 

Crumple into a ball. 


You will need a spoon to smooth out the lumps in the tinfoil, BUT......

You don't need a spoon THIS big....


It's amazing what you can find, when you are goofing around... I mean shopping, at Walmart. That place can provide hours of entertainment, without spending a dime!

Okay, so maybe I got a little sidetracked. Let's get on with the instructions.

Tap the tinfoil ball with a tablespoon or beat it to a pulp, with a GIANT spoon.  Some spots may require a fairly firm tap, to get out the bumps. This can actually be compacted quite well. Keep smacking away, with the backside of the spoon. 


Keep the shape fairly round, except a slightly flattened spot on the bottom. It should be just enough to keep it from rolling around. 

Check the size. It will need to start out a bit smaller than the finished size you want. 

If going for a 1:3 scale paper mache orange, start with no larger than a 1 inch ball. 


Wrap with masking tape. 

Rip newspaper into 1/4 - 1/2 inch wide by 4 inch long strips. The wider the strips are, the harder it will be to apply the newspaper smoothly. 


Apply paste to a strip of newspaper.

Wrap around tinfoil/masking tape ball. 


The newspaper won't want to stick very well to the masking tape. Once it is wrapped on itself, it will smooth down and stick together. 

Try to apply, without crinkles in the paper. Use a bit of pressure to push the newspaper down, especially on the edges. This helps remove wrinkles. If only it was that easy to remove wrinkles from skin!

This gets easier, with practice. 

Cover with 3 layers ...Actually, this is hard to keep track of when you are just going around and around. Don't be too concerned about this....

It is actually better to do less layers and have it dry. Thick layers, will take Forever to dry. You may think you are saving time, by applying lots of newspaper, all in one shot. You won't be. It may even decide to mold, before it dries and all your time will be wasted.

It is easier to add additional layers later, if necessary.


Here is a trick to smooth the edges: 

After all layers have been applied, gently rub with a damp paper towel. This also will help remove excess paste, if you tend to be a little goop happy.


Now roll the ball around in the palm of your hands. Roll it and roll it, but there is no need to mark it with a "B", or throw it in the oven. This isn't a game of patty cake.

These two simple steps, will help eliminate the need for sanding later!

Let dry.

One of the most frequently asked paper mache questions is about drying.

It won't take long, outside in the hot sun in Arizona.

It WILL take a looooong time, sitting on the beach in Florida. There is more detailed explanation and additional information on the drying paper mache page. 

Dry now? Check to see if this feels solid. If it doesn't, fix it. Har, Har (Add another layer of newspaper). 

Make sure this has dried completely, before moving on to the painting. But, why? If this is still wet, painting may seal in the moisture, underneath. It will then, eventually go moldy. YUCK!

Paint the paper mache orange with two layers of orange craft paint. 

Use a needle tool and poke small random holes, to replicate the texture on the peel.

Mix yellow and orange paint together. Use a small stipple brush to apply.


Use Kelly green paint on the top center, where the Stem was. Blossom end? Peduncle? Whatever you want to call it. Highlight edges of the end, with a mix of Kelly green and yellow.


This Paper mache orange is a little wonky. The tinfoil on this one, wasn't shaped using a spoon. It really is a very useful technique to compact the tinfoil and get the shape just right.

Add a small dot of brown paint mixed with a bit of green, on the bottom center.

Apply a coat of water based wax.

Let dry. The instructions on the wax said to wait 24 hours. The time ticked by SO slowly, waiting.

When dry, buff with a soft cloth.

Paper mache is an eco friendly craft that is also easy on the budget. It works great for many, miniature doll food creations.

Oh, and that giant spoon is really not necessary. Save yourself the $14.99 and use a tablespoon from the utensil drawer!

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