This is a great little project, all you need is newspaper, black marker pen, scissors, paints (we used powder paints), stapler and a small piece of wire for the hanging loop.
Start off by drawing an outline of a large but simple animal head on two sheets of newspaper folded in half. Don’t make the ears too narrow as eventually you will stuff the head with crumpled newspaper or tissues.
I created some templates of animal heads to help my students. Once outlined, the head can be stapled close to the black edge. The stapler will only reach parts of the outline, but that’s ok because at this stage we just want the newspaper layers to stay together.
The animal head can now be painted. Start off with an all over colour, then, when that is dry add the detail.
When the head is completely dry it can be cut out. The edges can now be stapled BUT make sure you leave a gap for stuffing at the top of the head and at the bottom/side. We used crumpled industrial tissue to stuff the heads, but newspaper is fine. Don’t over pack the stuffing as the newspaper can easily rip. Finally staple the gaps and add a wire hanging loop.
I would like to thank a certain young student who inspired this project – you know who you are :·)