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Dr Seuss Craft DIY

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Inspired by the work of Dr. Seuss and his fun whimsical taxidermied fake animals, I decided to create a bird-creature for the wall.

Dr Seuss Craft : Taxidermy DIY

Materials:

  • Scrap paper
  • Paste (made from flour and water)
  • Super Sculpey
  • Some sort of scraping-device
  • Paint
  • A mounting board (can be bought at Michael’s art store, or a thrift store, or you could use a thin slice of an old tree trunk)

….let’s begin the Dr Seuss Craft Taxidermy¬†DIY!

Step 1

As with almost all of my paper-based crafts, the first step is to get a bunch of scrap paper and crumple it up into the general shape you want, and then tape it all around to hold it in place.  I unfortunately missed a photograph of this step, but hopefully you can picture the gist.  Make sure you create a shape that can be mounted on a wooden block and not stick out in a super awkward way.

Step 2

Next you do the paper mache thing. ¬†Cut up a ton of pieces of paper into strips, and use flour & water paste to “glue” them all over the shape. ¬†After every few layers, you can put the whole thing in a warm oven to get it to dry faster.

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Step 3

Super sculpey time! ¬†Use the sculpey to smooth out the roughness of the shape. ¬†Make sure you cover the entire creature in the sculpey. ¬†ALSO! ¬†It is important you make the back of his neck (where his head would have been “chopped” off) into a flat surface, so that it can go flush against the wooden board when you are done.

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You can see a second Dr. Seuss craft¬†animal in progress in the background…

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Step 4

Once you’ve create a shape you like, bake that bad boy in the oven according to the directions on the sculpey box.

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Step 5 (optional)

I couldn’t quite get the detailed lines to work prior to baking the sculpey, so after it had hardened, I used a sharp sculptor’s tool ( actually I think it was an old dentist’s tool) to create grooves for the bottoms of his eyelids and around his mouth.

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Step 6

Paint him up! ¬†I’ve learned that it’s best to make sure something has a base color of white before you start trying to add new colors. ¬†It just makes it easier to get to the final color you want.

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Dr Seuss craft DIY : Dr Seuss Taxidermy DIY

Step 7

To attach the head to the board, I drilled two holes into the bird’s neck and into the mounting board and used dowels to get the head stuck in place (I say that I did it, but actually I had help from someone proficient with power tools).

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Step 8

Add any little embellishments you want‚ÄĒI bought glue-on eyelashes from the dollar store to make my bird more feminine, then added some peacock feathers to add a little more varying texture. ¬†Then hang it up on the wall, sit back, and revel in the weirdness!

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Dr Seuss craft DIY : Dr Seuss Taxidermy DIY

Dr Seuss craft DIY : Dr Seuss Taxidermy DIY

Dr Seuss craft DIY : Dr Seuss Taxidermy DIY

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