A little over a month ago Molly Moo posted photos of a papier maché hen she made in an art class. These photos prompted a lot of discussion so the challenge was set for bloggers near and far to take up the hen challenge and make their own hen. This hen was to represent each person in some way; where they were from, something they enjoyed, a part of their personality, etc. I thought it looked like fun so I decided to accept the hen challenge; I just hoped that I wouldn’t get my feathers in a ruffle along the way!
I looked at the original photos and made my own basic template free-hand one night. Then Kallista woke up so while I was settling her back to dreamland, Phil cut out my shape from some cardboard and made the connecting pieces for the front, back, and top of the form.
I used masking tape to hold the hen together. I stuffed some newspaper into the form to help sturdy it. I cut a small bit of cardboard and taped it between the top pieces to form the ‘comb’.
Once the form was made I used a mixture of white glue and water to hold on the 3 layers of newspaper strips in the usual papier maché fashion.
Next I proceeded to paint my hen white as a base coat. I had one idea for my hen’s personality design, then I changed it to something really cool-but due to the printer running out of magenta ink, I had to find a plan ‘C’.
I love to travel any chance I get (though not much since having a family, but going to visit a ‘new’ village or a drive along a different country road does the trick now). I’ve been writing snail mails since I was 11 or 12 to pen pals around the world, and I still keep in touch with some of them! So my final design has turned out to be a map of Japan with international postage stamps here and there.
This has turned out to be such a clucking fun hen challenge! Thank you Molly Moo for changing the deadline or it would not have been possible to make this craft.
I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s creations as they are posted throughout today.
If you would like to see more lovely beauties, be sure to stop by the Hen Craft Challenge Pinterest Board.
What crafts do you currently have on the go?