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Making A Fun Boat Wall Hanging

20 views  •  14 Feb 2023
Lottie Smith
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Let's Make A Boat Wall Hanging

I have always loved boats as my grandparents had a lovely little sea boat when I was a child, one day I would love my children to have the same experiences as me. For now we have made a fun little boat wall hanging using papier mache and some other basic craft materials.

This is great to hang in the bathroom, once it has been protected with varnish, you can use it to store flannels, cotton pads, cotton buds, etc.

Craft Materials & Equipment For A Boat Wall Hanging

Balloon
Newspaper
Wallpaper Paste
Heavy Corrugated Cardboard
PVA Glue
Masking Tape
White Emulsion Paint
Acrylic Paints
Acrylic Spray Varnish
Picture Hanging Eyelet

Container for Wallpaper Paste
Strong Scissors
Marker Pen
Ruler
Small Decorators Paint Brushes
Fine Grade Sandpaper
Fine Artists Paint Brush
Container for Paint Mixing
Making A Fun Boat Wall Hanging

Making A Papier Mache Bowl Shape

1st Stage

Begin by fully blowing up a balloon, it needs to be done fully to create a firm base for the papier mache. Then tear newspaper into strips around 2.5cm wide and soak them in a container of wallpaper paste. And then cover the lower two thirds of the balloon in five layers of papier mache and leave to dry thoroughly. This may take a couple of days depending on the temperature of the room.

2nd Stage

Once the papier mache has dried, burst the balloon and remove it. Now, using some large strong scissors, trim the top of the bowl shape evenly, and cut it into half.
Making A Fun Boat Wall Hanging

Making The Cardboard Boat Shape

3rd Stage

Next, use the marker pen to draw the mast, sails and cabin of the boat wall hanging on to the cardboard. Then place the half bowl shape papier mache piece into position to complete the full shape of the boat wall hanging.

4th Stage

Now, cut the boat shape out from the cardboard using the scissors. Then seal and protect the cardboard with a coating of diluted PVA glue. Then leave the whole thing to dry thoroughly.
Making A Fun Boat Wall Hanging

Painting A Papier Mache Boat Wall Hanging

5th Step

For the next step, use the masking tape to attach the half bowl shape to the cardboard boat shape. Then cover the sails and the back of the boat in a few layers of papier mache, and another additional layer for the half bowl part. Then again leave your papier mache boat to dry completely.

6th Step

Once completely dry, gently rub the whole boat down using fine grade sandpaper. And then prime the whole thing with two coatings of white emulsion paint. Again, allow to dry and paint your own design using acrylic paints in any colours that you like. Leave to dry.
Making A Fun Boat Wall Hanging

Spray Varnish On Papier Mache

7th Step

Finally attach an eyelet to the top to allow the boat wall hanging to hang. Then coat the whole thing in some spray varnish to protect your work.
Making A Fun Boat Wall Hanging
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