DIY Paper Mache Baymax Character
Using recyclables around the house and a little paper mache we will make this cute Baymax character. Baymax is the perfect personal healthcare companion for the whimsypapermache studio.
Paper Mache Paste
Paints and Paint Brushes
Glue Gun (optional)
H20 and Rags
1 Creating Your Baymax Armature
Make your Baymax as large as you like. You can assemble with tape or hot glue gun.
Begin by stuffing plastic bags with recyclable newspaper until it is compact and full. Use masking tape to shape and form into Baymax. You will need to shape out 2 legs, 2 arms, 1 torso, and one small head.
The plastic bag will help prevent the most warping when you begin covering with paper and paste.
2 Paper Mache Strips and Paste
Cover the armature with 3 layers of newspaper soaked in paper mache paste. Work out the air bubbles and lay flat onto your armature.
Your Baymax must be completely dried before adding more wet paper mache strips or paper clay, which ever you wish to use.
2 Paper Mache Strips and Paste OR Paper Clay
You can now cover with paper mache paste and paper or you can use paper clay. There are short steps below for both techniques.
Paper Mache: Start by applying 3 to 4 layers of paper mache strips and let it completely dry before adding more strips. While adding paper and paste make sure all your air bubbles are worked out to prevent air pockets from forming as the paper dry.
After your wet paper layers have dried continue using paper mache paste to cover your Baymax armature with at least 4 more layers of paper and paste for a sturdy Baymax. You will let this also completely dry before moving on to paint.
If you want your baymax to be harder add more paper mache paper and paste.
Quick Link to Paper Mache Paste Recipe
Paper Clay: as seen in the how to video Madison cover her armature with 1/4 inch layer of paper clay and lets it completely dry before moving forward.
Paper Clay will save you time but the end results are the same, meaning you can sand, paint, and seal.
3. Paint Your Baymax
Paint a white coat of paint on your Baymax to give you a white canvas for painting on. I used white interior Flat paint as my base coat. Flat works great as a primer for paper.
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.
"You have been a good boy. Have a lollipop."
Now you can create your own personal healthcare companion for your family with a little paper mache.
I hope you have been inspired to create your own Paper Clay Baymax and we would love to see photos, you can leave your suggestions and comments below.
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