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Handmade Gift Ideals for Dog Lovers

Give A Dog A Bone
Handmade Gift Ideals for Dog LoversIt's a dog's life, enjoy it while you can. This is a really cute paper mache dog bone for all the dog lovers in your life.
Really Cute Handmade Gift

Shutterfly.comPaper Mache Wall Dog Bone

Dog Lovers this is super easy paper mache piece, something you can finish within a couple of days (because of dry time).
Here is a quick list of materials.
Recycled Newspaper & Cardboard Box
Masking Tape
Plastic bags
Paints and Paint Brushes
Polyacrylic Varnish

1 Creating Your Armature
Let's Get Started
First draw your dog bone onto cardboard and cut it out.
By crumpling up newspaper you will create your bone armature as seen in the video.
Just work the newspaper and add lots of tape for a smooth surface to apply your strips.
2 PaPer MaChe Your Bone Armature
Now you are ready to cover your armature with paper mache strips dipped in our homemade paper mache paste. You will need to apply four layers of newspaper strips over the armature. After applying the strips you will set your armature aside and let it dry over night. We will be applying many more layers in the morning.
I would add 15 or more layers to the armature for solid dog bone. All the paper strips must completely dry, I'll say it again, completely dry before applying any primer.
Drying all those layers of newsprint strips will probably take more than 24 hours just depends on your weather outside.
3 Sanding and Priming Your Bone
Lightly sand your bone and then wipe it clean with a dry rag.
Oh, I should say here to work outside or in a ventilated room if you do much sanding on your paper mache armature. Just remember safety first in all you do.

Bone Finishing Touches

4 Painting and Varnishing Your Dog Bone
Handmade Gift Ideals for Dog LoversI like to prime the bone with white paint or gesso, front and back letting the primer coat of paint dry completely.
You may need to lightly sand your bone again after your primer dries.
Paint your dog bone however you would like, you could add your pets name on the front of the bone and hang it over their dog house or special place in your home.
After it is dry you will add the finishing protective coat of Poly Acrylic Varnish. You can pick up Poly Acrylic in gloss or satin finish. You can also use spray varnish, don't stand too close to spray, just be sure to read the instructions.
I sprayed two layers of gloss varnish on my bone and rushed the dry time in front of the fan.
You could add a hanger to the back for hanging onto your wall, use cement glue something really strong.
Sharing Your Wall Dog Bone
There are a couple of ways that you can share your Dog Bone. The very best way to share is posting a picture at WhimsyPaperMache on Facebook, where we send virtual hugs.  Post Dog Bone Here
Dog's Are People Too!
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Art Wrap Up
If you have any questions or comments concerning the steps I used to create the cute little bone, post them on our Facebook page and I will gladly give it a try.
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