Papier Mache Rhino by Dinah

You can make your very own papier mache rhino. Dinah has been busy creating one and you can create yours by following her step by step instructions. The template and instructions are available as a printable download.


You will need

  • Apron and newspaper to cover your work surface
  • Stencil sheet
  • Card (Christmas or birthday card or cereal box)
  • Pencil, Scissors, stapler (or Sellotape)
  • Lots of torn up bits of newspaper
  • Paints or magazine pictures to finish off.
  • Old paint brush
  • PVA glue
  • Small pot (preferably with a lid e.g. small margarine tub) for the glue


Mix about 2 tablespoons of glue with 2 tablespoons of water.    

Mix it well in with your brush.

You will need to mix more as you go along but don’t mix up too much to start with as it may dry out before you have used it.

Place each template on a piece of card, draw round carefully then cut out.

Cut a strip of card 4 inches by 1 inch

Line up the two halves and staple (or Sellotape) together at the largest horn.

Overlap the back (see dotted lines on template and staple (or Sellotape)

(Don’t forget to add a tail later.)

Take the strip and bend it round then staple or Sellotape it inside the two halves to keep them apart.

Bend and manipulate the body to make a nice rounded shape. A white rhino has a very wide mouth so bend the pieces to look right.

Stuff small bits of newspaper into the horns and rub in a bit of glue.

Glue the insides of the body and pack in scrunched up newspaper.

Take a strip of newspaper 8 inches long and 1 inch wide. Fold it over to make a long thin strip. Wrap and glue this round the neck of the rhino to pinch it in a bit to make a more realistic shape.

Glue a broad band of newspaper right round the body to hold in all the scrunched up paper inside.

Continue building up layers of newspaper and PVA glue until you have a good shape.

If the legs get a bit wobbly they can be reinforced with card or newspaper. They will be stiffer when the glue has dried.

 If your fingers start sticking to the model slide the brush between your fingers and the model and gently unstick them. When it starts too get too sticky leave it to dry then go again.

When the model is dry refine the shape, maybe some bits need trimming off and other areas need more layers. Continue until you are happy with the shape. You may need to let it dry more than once in between gluing on more paper.

When you are happy with your model leave it overnight to dry and then it can be painted. Carefully draw in the eye in just the right place. Check the original drawing.

Instead of painting your model you could make the last layers with coloured paper from a magazine.

Many thanks to Dinah for sharing her creativity with us.

We would love to see photos of the papier mache rhinos you make.

Happy crafting, Crusaders!

The Crash