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Mr. Build A Face
By Andi Rothenberg


Main supplies:

  • FloraCraft® Styrofoam® 5 7/8” x 3 7/8” ostrich egg
  • FloraCraft® Styrofoam® 3 1/16” x 2
  • 15/16” duck egg
  • Activa® Celluclay® Bright White Instant
  • Papier Maché
  • Elmer’s® Squeeze n’ Brush™ Washable
  • Paints

Basic supplies

  • Toothpicks
  • Large gallon size zipper closure plastic bag
  • Plastic knife


  1. Mix the papier maché inside of the plastic bag following the instructions on the package. This will keep the papier maché neatly stored for you to use.
  2. Have an adult cut the small egg in half lengthwise to make a base for your head. Place the 2 halves side by side and stick a toothpick into the top middle of each one. Place the small end of the large egg on top of the toothpicks, pushing down so that the toothpicks go all the way into the egg to hold it standing straight up.
  3. Begin covering the eggs with the papier maché. Press the wet papier maché onto the eggs, smoothing it out as you go, keeping it as thin as possible. You do not need to cover the flat bottom of the small eggs. Smooth out the papier maché the best you can. You can also wet your fingers to smooth it out.
  4. Push a toothpick at least halfway into the head, through the papier maché at every spot where you want to be able to put different face pieces, for example; eyes, nose mouth, ears, holes on top of the head for either horns or hair. Be sure to wiggle each toothpick a little bit so that the papier maché will not stick to it. The toothpicks will be pulled out when the head is dry; they are just there to “hold” the holes open. Allow to dry.
  5. Create some fun face parts to add to your head using the papier maché; eyes, noses, mouths, a tongue, ears, horns. Stick a toothpick into the back of each piece so that it will stay in to be used to build your face. If the piece is thin, you can add a small ball of papier maché around the toothpick to hold it in place. Allow to dry.
  6. Use the Squeeze n’ Brush® paints to paint the head and all of the pieces and have fun creating different funny faces!


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