Paper mache figures have been popping up all ver the place, like RH Baby, Anthro and World Market. Sometimes they're affordable, while others times, well...not-so-much. But you can actually personalize your own paper mache animals with just a few materials and a little bit of time.
I found this post from a super amazing paper mache blog, and I followed the tutorial to the T. The thing is, these are paper mache animals constructed from scratch. So you'll want to make this paper mache clay instead of your more traditional option: starting with a bunch of newspaper twisted into a animal shape and then paper mache wrapped around it. The clay is the bomb and your only limitation is your ability to to sculpt the shape you want.
Finally, I wanted the look of World Market's paper mached animal. So after the body was finished, I used some traditional paper mache paste and wrapped a little newspaper around the outside of my little giraffe.
Isn't he a cute little guy? I think it looks pretty darn close to the original, as well. What do you think? I'd still love to try and make a bust like the RH paper mache figures. I think the tutorial would be exactly the same, it's worth a try.