How to Make a Paper Mache Turnip

How to Make a Paper Mache Turnip

Making a paper mache turnip is a fun and easy craft project. With just a few simple materials, you can create a decorative turnip that looks just like the real thing. Here is a step-by-step guide to making your own paper mache turnip.

Materials Needed

  • Newspaper – The basic material for the paper mache paste. Tear or cut the newspaper into long, thin strips.
  • Flour – Acts as an adhesive when mixed with water to make the paper mache paste. All-purpose flour works best.
  • Water – Mix with the flour to create the paper mache paste.
  • Balloon – Blown up to the desired size of the turnip. This will act as the mold.
  • Acrylic paint – For painting the finished turnip. Shades of purple work well.
  • Paintbrush

Making the Paper Mache Paste

The paste acts as the “glue” to hold all the paper strips together. Here’s how to make it:

  • Mix 1 part flour with 2 parts water in a large bowl until smooth.
  • Adjust consistency as needed – the paste should be like a thick glue.
  • Set aside 1-2 cups of paste to use later for the final layer.

Shaping the Turnip

Blow up a balloon to the size you want your turnip to be. This will act as the mold.

  • Place the balloon inside a bowl or container so it stands upright while you work.

Creating Paper Strips

  • Tear or cut newspaper into long, thin strips about 1-2 inches wide.
  • The length can vary, but they should be long enough to cover the balloon.

Applying Paper Strips

  • Take a strip and dip it into the paste, covering it completely.
  • Remove the excess paste by running it between your fingers.
  • Apply the strip to the balloon starting at the tied end, smoothing it out gently with your fingers as you work your way around.
  • Overlap the edges of each strip slightly.
  • Continue dipping strips into the paste and applying them to the balloon until the whole surface is covered.

  • Do 2-3 layers of paper strips, allowing it to dry completely between layers.

Final Layer

  • Once you have done a few layers, apply a final layer with the reserved paste you set aside earlier.
  • This helps smooth out the surface for painting.

  • Cover the entire turnip in strips using the thicker paste. Smooth with your fingers.

  • Allow to dry fully, at least overnight.

Removing the Balloon

  • Once fully dry, use a needle or pin to pop the balloon inside the paper mache shell.
  • Pull the pieces of the balloon out through the bottom opening.

Shaping Details

  • To create a indented top like a real turnip, press gently into the top while the last layer is still wet.
  • Create ridges by pressing lines around the sides with your fingers.

Painting the Turnip

  • Paint the turnip using acrylic paints in shades of purple or cream.
  • Start with a base layer of a light purple/lavender color.
  • Use a darker purple for accents and detail.
  • Add shades and highlights.
  • Allow the paint to dry fully between coats.

  • For a glossy finish, apply a top coat of decoupage or clear acrylic sealer.

And there you have it – a paper mache turnip that looks just like the real thing! Display it as part of a harvest-themed decor or use it in arts and crafts projects. Have fun making this easy yet realistic paper mache vegetable.