Papier Mâché T-Rex

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Jenny and Lucas find out how a T-Rex managed to stay upright. They use this info back at the craft space to build their very own papier maché dinosaur.



  • Newspaper
  • Masking tape
  • Small rocks
  • White craft foam or paper
  • Bendable wire (optional)
  • Glue gun or white glue
  • Paint and paintbrush
  • 1 cup (250mL) flour
  • 2 cups (500mL) water
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • Large bowl
  • Spoon or whisk

How to make it

Step 1: Form newspaper and masking tape into T-Rex arms, legs, body, tail, and head. You can use wire as base for the legs and tail to make them more stable. Add rocks to the base of tail to keep it from falling forward.

Step 2: Tape all the body parts together to make the T-Rex. Add more weight to the tail if it falls forward.

Step 3: Mix the paper mâché ingredients in a bowl. Stir until it forms a runny paste. If it is too thick, add more water, too thin, add more flour.

Step 4: Lay newspaper on a flat working surface. Rip the rest of the newspaper into strips.

Step 5: Dip a strip of newspaper into the paste and use your fingers to remove any excess.

Step 6: Stick the strip onto the dinosaur’s tail and keep adding strips until you’ve covered the dinosaur and the paper on top is as smooth as possible.

Step 7: Prop up the dinosaur and let it dry for 24-48 hours.

Step 8: Cut sharp teeth out of craft foam or paper and glue them onto the T-Rex’s mouth.

Step 9: Paint the dinosaur one colour and then add details like eyes, a tongue, and scaly skin. You can also glue on gems or other decorations.


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From exploring the monstrous Tyranosaurus Rex to flying inside a wind tunnel, MAKE IT BIG make it small explores big experiences that make kids go wow! By explaining epic science and technology, kids are inspired to apply new knowledge to their own DIY projects and crafts they create at home.
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