2 Ways to Decorate a Mache Rhino Head

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Trophy animal heads are all the rage right now, and you can see why with so many different ways to style them to your home decor. We’ve got two ideas for using our new mache rhino heads right here!

Instructions and photos by Kirsty Roberston and Pauline Silverwood.

2 Ways to Decorate a Mache Rhino Head

Decopatch Mache Rhino

Skill level: Beginner

Time to Make: Two hours (plus drying time)

You will need

Craft Essentials

 

How to Make

1. Cut lots of small rectangles from patterned Decopatch paper. You don’t need to be precise with the shapes so just get cutting. Paint a layer of Decopatch glue onto a section of the Mache Rhino that you want to cover and stick on a rectangle of paper. Paint another layer of glue over the top of this rectangle to seal it in place. Continue this process, slightly overlapping each piece of paper that you add, until the entire Rhino head is covered with Decopatch paper.

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2. Paint the insides of the Rhino ears with black paint.

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3. Paint the Rhino horns with silver paint.

4. Paint a top layer of Decopatch glue over the entire Rhino to achieve a lasting finish. Leave to dry completely.

5. Glue different size gems all over the Rhino horns.

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6. Cut two small ovals of black felt for the eyes and glue in place.

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Abstract Rhino Head

Skill level: Beginner

Time to Make: One to two hours (plus drying time)

You will need

Craft Essentials

How to Make

1. Add water to PVA to make a 50:50 mixture. Paint the rhino with this using a large brush. Leave to dry completely.

2. Paint the rhino with white acrylic paint. It may ‘craze’ but don’t worry. DON’T use a hairdryer to dry the paint.

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3. Paint at least two more layers of white paint until the mache is completely covered.

4. Use masking tape to create triangles and other irregular shapes on the rhino.

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5. Using a stencil brush, dab the shapes that you have created with different coloured acrylic paints. Use as little paint as possible on the brush to produce a thin layer of paint. Try to make sure that each shape has a different colour next to it. Paint the horns and the ears in black. Allow the paint to dry.

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6. Apply a second layer of paint to the shapes and leave to dry.

7. Peel off the masking tape. Then using a 7mm angled brush, carefully outline the shapes in black. Work slowly and steadily, making sure that the brush is well loaded with paint (but not dripping). You should be able to produce lines as wide as the brush. Paint on the outside of the shapes and use the edges of the shapes to guide you.2 Ways to Decorate a Mache Rhino Head #mache #animal #rhino #head #trophy #decoupage #craft #diy

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8. Now extend some of the black lines that you painted until they meet another black line. Keep doing this until you are happy with the pattern that you have produced. Leave to dry then inspect the lines to see if they are solid black. If not, paint a second layer of black over them.2 Ways to Decorate a Mache Rhino Head #mache #animal #rhino #head #trophy #decoupage #craft #diy

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9. Paint eyes onto the rhino.

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10. Apply Modge Podge with a large brush to varnish.

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