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I’m always thrilled when people use my books and videos and to make something they love.   Here are more photos sent to me from people doing paper mache.  If you would like to share a paper mache project on this site, send it to me at:  dan@gourmetpapermache.com.


Mike Stones and his two daughters, Hannah and Abby have been making the most of their stay-at-home time!  Look at this adorable,  “Yoda-creature from the Mandalorian,” they made!  Such a great expression!

Mike and Hannah and Abby - Yoda creature from the Mandalorian

And here is an earlier project made by Mike and Hannah.  This is “Olaf”.  Wonderful!

mIke and hannah's paper mache snowman


My friend Miguel Ruiz Fuentes has been making paper mache for a while now.  Have you ever had heartburn?  Just wondering.   I love this.

Miguel's paper mache heart

And here is another of Miguel’s pieces, “Sunshine”.  I love this!

Miguel Ruiz Fuentes's paper mache "Sunshine"

And here is Miguel’s Rabbit in a Hat.  Wonderful!

Miguel Ruiz Fuentes Rabbit in a hat



Lorena Tauton teaches art to sixth graders.   One of her students, Colby,  made this totally wonderful paper mache dragon.   Colby named him  “Frederick.”   Really great work Colby!

Colby's "Frederick" from Lorena Taunton's sixth grade paper mache class


Here’s something fun.  Look at this paper mache tree made by Amanda Gathright.  Excellent!

Jesse Gathright's paper mache tree


Paul Langwade  made a great paper mache dragon.  He loves to lounge around the house.   Really great!

Paul Langwade's paper mache dragon

Here is a close-up.

Paul Langwade's paper mache dragon-close up

Paul just finished this great trophy!  He added l.e.d. lights to the eyes.  Cool!

Paul Langwade's paper mache dragon2 Paul Langwade's paper mache dragon


Check out Lena’s paper mache deep sea animal.  I love the light!

lena's paper mache deep sea animal


A great paper mache dragon trophy made by Devon.  Excellent!

Devon's paper mache dragon trophy


Pedro makes very cool paper mache bird/human hybrids.   Here a couple.

pedro's paper mache bird man2

Pedro's paper mache bird man


This is Zbigniew’s paper mache trophy.  Nice job!

Zbigniew's paper mache dragon trophy

And here is Zbigniew’s paper mache two-headed dragon.  Fantastic!

Zbigniew's paper mache two-headed dragon


Look at this.  Rainy Dodd’s made this paper mache project for a school project.  Amazing!

Rainy Dodd's paper mache project


Gordon John Wendling decided give paper mache a try.   Look at his first attempt.  Great work!  He titled it, appropriately,

“Saint George’s Trophy”.

Gordon John Wendling's paper mache dragon


Marty and Dianne have been working with paper mache.   Marty made this cyclops named


marty's paper mache cyclops Hugo

And here is Dianne’s Dianne’s “Frankie”

Dianne's paper mache Frankie

Below is Marty’s “Louie” with Dianne’s “Flo”

Marty's Louie dianne's paper mache Flo


Miriam Heijnen made her own paper mache dragon.  Magnificent!

Miriam Heijnen's paper mache dragon

And then Miriam made a double dragon.  Excellent!

Miriam's paper mache double dragons


Mike and his daughter Hannah made this paper mache snowman named “Olaf”.  What fun!

mIke and hannah's paper mache snowman


Below is Anna’s dragon trophy.  Very nice!

Anna's paper mache dragon trophy


And another paper mache dragon made by Meredith.  I love how it matches the decor in the room!

merediths paper mache dragon




Elena has been hard at work in the kitchen cooking up paper mache dragons!

Elena's paper mache dragon trophy


And Alex’s made this excellent paper mache trophy!  He calls it his “Frost Dragon”.  Looks very cold, and cool, to me!

Alex's paper mache trophy


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I’m always thrilled when people use my books and videos and to make something they love.   Here are more photos sent to me from people doing paper mache.   If you would like to share a paper mache project on this site, send it to me at:  dan@gourmetpapermache.com.
Look at this very cool paper mache dragon that Dede Lifgren made!  She used an epoxy based “skin” to weatherproof it.  Wonderful!
Dede Lifgren's paper mache dragon
Here is a close up of the face.
Dede Lifgren's paper mache dragon
Cat loves making paper mache monsters.    She says that she sees monsters in every situation.  Me too!  She has shared some of them.
Here is Elvis Horatio
cat's paper mache -elvis horatio
Here is Cats “Twig”
cat's paper mache "twig"
Cat’s Mr Buster Move
cat's paper mache monsters
And here is “Bug”
cat's paper mache monsters2

Look at Cerberus’ paper mache Spider-Spiderman.  So great!

Cerberus' paper mache spiderman


I’ve known Luca Nesler for a long time.   Here are a few of his paper mache projects.  Here is his troll.  Excellent!luca Nesler's paper mache troll

Another of Luca’s projects.

luca Nesler's paper mache troll

And Luca’s paper mache fairy

Luca Nesler's paper mache fairy

Luca also made a couple of dragons.  Cool!

Luca Nesler's paper mache dragon

luca's paper mache dragon

Luca’s paper mache Elf

Luca Nesler's paper mache elf

And Lucca’s paper mache pig

luca's paper mache pig

And his pirate

luca's paper mache pirate 2

Luca's paper mache pirate

And here is Lucca’s paper mache witch

Luca's paper mache witch


Sarah Beegan made this really cool paper mache monster.  Adorable.  Look closely and you will see an insulin pump, a wonderful personal statement.

sarah beegan's paper mache monster with pump

Up close

sara beegan's paper mache monster


Leigh’s makes fantastic paper mache trophies.   Much cooler than real animals.

Here is her Persephone

leigh's paper mache persephone

Leigh’s paper mache “Agnes”

leigh's paper mache agnes

And her ram.

leigh's paper mache ram

And look at Leigh’s Rhino

leigh's paper mache rhino


Many people flattered me by using my Youtube mask tutorials this last Halloween to make their masks.  Here are few.

Look at Whitney Keen’s amazing dragon mask!  Fantastic

whitney keen's paper mache mask

Here she is with her head poking out.  So cool!

whitney keen's paper mache dragon mask

My friend and musician jJohn Daly’s made a great paper mache costume for his kid.  Check this out!

john Daly's paper mache costume


Here is Gianna’s paper mache mask.  Fantastic!

Gianna's paper mache mask


Below is Elizabeth’s paper mache Screamer.  Excellent!

elizabeth hess' paper mache screamer


This is “Jean Claude”, Dustie’s first paper mache dragon.  Wonderful job!

dustie's paper mache dragon

Here is Matt’s paper mache “Chun Li”.  So fun!

matt's paper mache Chun li

I’m always thrilled when people use my books and videos and to make something they love.   Here are more photos sent to me from people doing paper mache.  If you would like to share a paper mache project on this site, send it to me at:  dan@gourmetpapermache.com.


My friend Stephane has made some amazing paper mache projects.   But his birds are simply stunning.   Here is his paper mache “Harfang”.  Wow.

stephanes paper mache harfang3

And here is Stephane’s paper mache Eagle.  Unbelievable!


stephanes paper mache eagle

Stephane also makes great paper mache dragons.   Below are three.

stephanes paper mache dragon2

Stephane calls this one “Lildragon”.

stephanes paper mache lildragon

And his third, green masterpiece.

stephanes paper mache dragon

Oh, and Stephane also made this paper mache unicorn.  Very nice work!

stephanes paper mache unicorn2


I have another friend, Lyman, who makes incredibly strange and wonderful paper mache pieces.

Here is his “Dispenserator”.

Lyman's paper mache Dispenserator

And here is Lyman’s “Hindenbug”

Lyman's paper mache Hindenbug

And his “Stalag Tiger”.  I love this creepy things that hang from the ceiling! Lyman's paper mache Stalag Tiger

But this is my favorite of Lyman’s paper mache projects.   This is his full sized “Gluk” from the ground breaking video game “Odd World”.   This is just spectacular.   You can see more of Lyman’s art here.

Lymans paper mache Gluk


I love this.   Here are a self-described “bunch of Librarians” who used my dragon-making book to make dragons for their libraries.  Congratulations (from left to right) Betty, Judy, Sarah, Merrill, and Lena.

Bunch of librarian's paper mache dragons


Here is Barb with her paper mache “Grumpfish”.   I love the staging!

Barb's paper mache Grumpfish


This is Lisa’s paper mache Dog.  Cute!

Lisa's paper mache Dog


Then there is Margot’s paper mache “Mr Rat”

Margot's paper mache "Mr Rat"

and her “Franky Baby”  and “Clown”

Margot's paper mache Franky and Clown


Below is Joseph’s paper mache “Izzy” and Barney (you can figure out which is which)

Joseph Wilkey's paper mache Izzy and Barney


Here is Martina’s paper mache dragon.  Very cool!

Martina's paper mache dragon


Here are two of David’s paper mache projects.   “Bad Santa” (Indeed) and his Gorilla mask.

David's paper mache bad santa David's paper mache gorilla


Here is Angie’s first paper mache project.  His name is “Booger”.  Cute

Angie's paper mache Booger


Look at Marc D’s amazing paper mache snake “Nessie!”

Marc's paper mache snake

and Marc’s paper mache “Wildwood Willy”

Marc's paper mache owls


Here is another paper mache dragon made my Randolph.  Excellent!

Randolph's paper mache dragon

Randolph also made a couple of cool fish.  A yellow one…

Randolph's paper mache fish

…and a blue one.

Randolph's paper mache blue fish


Check out Bridget’s paper mache gargoyle.  Excellent!

Bridget's paper mache gargoyle


Tony made a cool paper mache dinosaur head and a monster in a cage.

Tony's paper mache dinosaur Tony's paper mache monster in cage


Here are some great paper mache pumpkins made by Ljgato.

Ljgato's paper mache pumpkin Ljgato paper mache pumpkins


Chrissy made a couple nice paper mache pieces.  Her Bird Marionette…

Chrissy's paper mache bird marionette

and her Sea Dragon.  Great job!

Chrissy's paper mache Sea Dragon

Finally, here are some paper mache projects made by students.  First, from Renee Capp’s art classes (County High School, Taylorsville, Kentucky)

Renee Capp's paper mache art class Renee Capp's paper mache art class2

Renee Capp's paper mache art class3 Renee Capp's paper mache art class4

Renee Capp's paper mache art class5

And Nancy’s elementary art class.  They made traditional “Screamers” (from my book The Simple Screamer– 1984)  I feel like a grandparent looking at these Screamers.  (P.S. Can you find Nancy?)

Nancy's paper mache Screamer class Nancy's paper mache Screamer class2


Nancy's paper mache Screamer class3

These photos remind me of my early “Screamer” classes.  What fun!  What a mess!  I think teachers who take on a challenge like this are saints.  All kids should have an experience with paper mache!


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I’m always thrilled when people use my books and videos and to make something they love.   Here are more photos sent to me from people doing paper mache.  If you would like to share a paper mache project on this site, send it to me at: dan@gourmetpapermache.com.

If you are ever wondering if doing paper mache can make you happy….then I offer this photo as proof.   This is Kiran with a paper mache monster that he and his grandmother, Leslie, made.   Wonderful.  By the way, you just have to check out Leslie’s home made books.  Unbelievable.  You can find them here.

Leslie's grandson, Kiran, and their paper mache monster


It seems that trophy making is all the rage right now.  That’s great!  I love making trophies myself.   So I’ll start with a few of them.

Below is Miranda’s paper mache dragon trophy.  Excellent!

Miranda's paper mache dragon trophy

Below is Vinicius’ paper mache dragon trophy.   Very cool colors and textures!

Vinicius' paper mache dragon trophy



Here is Steven Lewis’ trophy.  Very nice!  Steven intends to make more dragons.  You can follow his progress here.

Steven Lewis' paper mache dragon trophy

And here is Steven’s Halloween costume for this year.  Excellent job!

Steven Lewis' paper mache Halloween costume

And here are a couple Steven’s latest dragons!

Steven Lewis' Dragon2

This one is in a tree!  Great!

Steven Lewis' Dragon


Here is something different.  Check out Kel’s paper mache Horny Toad!  So cool!  I love the bug in his mouth!

Kel's paper mache Horny Toad1


Here is Pip’s first paper mache dragon trophy.  Fantastic!

Pip's first paper mache dragon trophy


And here are a couple of Julien’s paper mache dragons.

Julien's paper mache dragon


julien's paper mache dragon trophy


And look at Ashley’s dragon.  Magnificent.   I love how different all of these trophies are!

Ashley's paper mache dragon trophy


Of course some people enjoy making full dragons.   Look at Andrew Tower’s paper mache dragon.  Very nice!

Andrew Tower's paper mache dragon- portfolio


Here is Pandora’s paper mache dragon.  Wonderful!

pandora's paper mache dragon

Pandora also made this excellent octopus!

pandora's paper mache octopus


And Luca’s complete paper mache dragon.  Great!

Luca's paper mache dragon

Luca makes other projects besides dragons.  Here are a couple.  First, a bunny.

Luca's paper mache rabbit

And Luca’s Elf!  Fun!

Luca's paper mache Elf

And here is Luca’s paper mache Pegasus.  You can see more of Luca’s work on his blog.

Luca's paper mache Pegausu


Some people make dragons in order to smash them to bits.  Look at Rene’s paper mache dragon pinata!  I love it.

Rene's paper mache pinatas

Here are a couple more of Rene’s paper mache pinatas.  Spiderman…

Rene's paper mache pinatas2

and ninja turtle!   There is Rene on the left.

Rene's paper mache pinatas3


Look at Ricki’s paper mache Panda!  Very nice work!

Ricki's paper mache Panda


Finally, here is Andrea De Luca’s paper mache shark.  Magnificent!

Andrea De Luca's paper mache shark

And Vicki’s first paper mache dragon.  Great job!

Vicki's paper mache dragon

Thank you all for sharing!


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If you know anything about my paper mache art, you know that I like to make trophies.   Not because I approve of animal heads hanging on the wall.    Truth is, I would never kill an animal (not even a dragon) in order to make a decoration out of the head.   I’m sure I’ll get in trouble here, but I’ll say it anyway.    A real animal trophy represents a very one-sided affair.  Humans with their high powered rifles…animals with their….hmmm…..with nothing.   Now, I would feel differently if there was some sort of law that said that you could only hang trophies of animals you killed with your bare hands.    Then I’d be impressed by that bear or lion (or even deer) trophy over the mantle!    But I digress.  Making a trophy allows me to create bigger sized dragons, even close to full sized, without making the entire animal.   Not that I’m opposed to whole dragons.   But making one full dragon would fill my entire studio.  Two, and my house would be full.  Then I’d have to make art in my front yard.   Since I make a lot of trophies I decided to make a post on just that topic.  Here it is.

As I mentioned in another post, the first trophy I ever made was the one pictured below.  I called it “Igba agondray.”  I made it because I wanted a mother for the very first dragon I made, little “Punk.”  I displayed them together in the little apartment I rented near the Seattle zoo many years ago.   It is a really large dragon head.  And heavy.  I made the teeth out of “baker’s clay”, flour, salt, and water, baked until they split.  Then I covered them with clear casting resin (more about that later).  They looked great, but weighed a ton.

Paper mache Igbay Agondray

Paper Mache "punk" dragon

Punk Dragon

After that I made a lot of dragon trophies that just hung on the wall.   Here is a sample of a very early trophy.  They were fairly easy to make.  I couldn’t make them fast enough to sell at the art fairs I attended.

paper mache dragon head

My trophies got more sophisticated over time.  I really like the one below.    This was the trophy in my first time-lapse trophy video.   You can see it here if you want (although it’s really hard to watch.  Very grainy)(but the music is nice).

Paper Mache Dragon Trophy

I didn’t just make dragon heads.  Check out this crazy beast!  I’m talking about the head on the wall.   This was circa 1980-ish.  I have no idea what happened to this thing.  It was actually pretty cool.   This photo is really faded.  It was very colorful.  Lots of colored washes.

Crazy paper mache trophy

Then there is the occasional offensive trophy.  Can’t help it.   It has to be done.

paper mache baby on a plaque


After a while I started using wooden plaques with my trophies.   I think it looks better overall.  I buy these plaques online from various taxidermy stores.   Below is “Maleficent” from Disney’s classic movie, “Sleeping Beauty.”   I made this as a commission for a Disney fan.    You can read more about that in this blog post.    Actually, this blog post provided my first viral internet experience.   This post got passed around the world, several times over.   It was re-posted thousands of times.   I got hundreds of requests to buy her.  But I only made one.   I never make duplicate commissions.   It is a promise I make to my patrons, that if they buy a piece of my art, it will be unique.    Here is Maleficent with the l.e.d. lights turned off.

Paper Machemaleficent- lights off -dan reeder

Here she is with her lights turned on .

Paper Mache Maleficent-Dan Reeder

The attention Malecifent received did convince me to make her “son”, a variation on the theme.  Below is “Son of Maleficent”, first with the lights off, then with the lights on.

Paper mache Son of Maleficent

Paper mache son of Maleficent-eyes on

Funny thing….. Even though I made the son more fierce, with more horns, and many more led lights than his mother, it wasn’t nearly as popular.   People liked him, but there wasn’t the same frenzy surrounding his making.   Personally, I like him better than his mother.  Such is life.


Then there is the trophy whose video went truly viral in December of this last year (2014).  The “reach” of that video on Facebook hit over a hundred million per week for a month!  Bizarre.   I taught math for many years.   I taught many lessons on “geometric” growth.   This would have been a great example.  I traced the beginnings of the explosion to just a few people sharing with their friends on Facebook, who shared with their friends, etc., until I was getting emails from relatives in Austria saying that they’d just watched my video.  It was unbelievable.   All that has died down.  I am very relieved.   Between the hundreds of emails and messages I didn’t have time to do any art.   If you are the one person on the planet who didn’t see that video, and you want to see what all the fuss was about, then you can watch it here.   I’m not sure what pushed this video over the top.   Maybe it was Eddie making a cameo appearance at the end. Or maybe it was the music.  People seemed to like both.

Paper mache dragon trophy-red

The video that SHOULD have gone viral is of the trophy below, my paper mache Zombie dragon.  It is a much more interesting trophy I think.

paper mache Zombie Dragon-

I am particularly proud of the muscles showing through the neck.

paper mache sinew

While I’m a bit disappointed with this side of the trophy.

Zombie paper mache dragon- side2

If I had it to do over, I would have make him much more radically rotten.   Originally I wanted to maintain enough of the dragon to show what it might have looked like while alive.   So I left this side much less dead.   It just didn’t work.   But it was too late to fix once it was done.   I also have to say that the color scheme made him look much more pretty than ghostly and rotten.   I would change that as well.    What is the lesson here children?   What’s alive should look alive and what’s dead should look very dead.  If you want to see the time-lapse video of this dragon, click here.

Someone recently asked me, “What is your favorite project?”   My answer is always, “The one I finished last.”   This is my most recent trophy.   It is my Paper Mache Drogon- Young Adult Version.   So it’s my favorite paper mache dragon trophy to date.   But I just know that the next trophy will be even better! (It really will be.  Trust me.)

paper mache Drogon Sometimes I add “drool” to a project.   It is a really messy process, and dangerous.   It will also stink for a good month after it’s applied.   I use “clear casting” resin.   It is basically liquid plastic.  You need a catalyst to start the reaction.  This is the really dangerous stuff.  I’ve heard that it will blind you if you get it into your eyes, whether you get prompt medical attention or not.  That’s probably not true.  But it sure sounds dramatic.  I wear eye protection.  And I work outdoors.    I always add much more catalyst than the directions demand.    Then the resin will stay liquid for about ten minutes.  Then it will quickly start to congeal and the drips will begin to harden.   During this hardening, too much resin will slowly drip off.  Too little and it won’t drip enough.   But if it’s just right, you get beautiful little drips of drool.

Paper Mache Drogon- drool