A Red DIY Paper Mache Bell Pepper
Forget the garden run to the studio to pick this red bell pepper. A huge bell pepper is simple whimsypapermache, this project is perfect for beginners.
This paper mache project will take 3 to 4 days considering the dry time of the piece.
Paper Mache Paste
Paints and Paint Brushes
Glue Gun (optional)
H20 and Rags
Creating Your Red Bell Pepper Armature
1 Build Your Armature
Start by stuffing a bag full of newspaper, the fuller your bag the larger your red hot pepper will be. As you stuff your bag shape into a fat cylinder and tie off your bag.
Run string around your bag long ways and tie off tightly, run string around the other side and tie off tightly. The strings will create the 4 crevasses of the pepper.
Create a stem by wading up paper and taping onto the top of your bag.
2 Paper Mache Strips and Paste
While stripping make sure all the air bubbles are worked out to prevent air pockets from forming as the paper dries.
Your pepper must be completely dried before adding more paper mache.
Now continue using paper mache to cover your red bell pepper with at least 10 more layers.
All 10 layers do not have to be done in one setting but once you stop for the day the pepper must be allowed to completely dry before starting a new paper mache session.
Quick Link to Paper Mache Paste Recipe
If you need once the pepper has dried you can lightly sand with sandpaper and wipe off.
3. Paint the Red Bell Pepper
Paint a white coat of paint on your pepper to give you a white canvas for painting on. I used white interior flat paint as my base coat.
Once the base coat as dried paint with acrylics anyway you like. Let this completely dry.
You must seal your paper mache pieces with varnish for protection. Varnish comes in a spray can in gloss or stain, spray on 3 to 4 coats and let it dry.
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I cannot wait to see your beautiful peppers.
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