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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.