Step by step instructions and illustrations to make a paper mache ram trophy head to mount on plaque or directly on the wall. Perfect for a gallery wall.

With the progression of posts featuring the redecorating of Kate’s room, you are getting a  glimpse into the quagmire that the projects in my world seem to fall into from time to time.  Kate and I started re-doing her room 6 weeks ago…and I’m still plugging away.  Truthfully, we accomplished a good deal when she was home for Christmas, but there were still some ‘to-do’s’ on my list.  This paper maché ram trophy head is the last element of the gallery wall that Kate wanted.  The ram head is significant as a Ram (Ramses) is her school mascot.  Need inspiration for your gallery wall or home decor? This DIY paper mache ram trophy head is perfect for a girls bedroom.

So the conversation went something like this:

Me:  “What are you thinking in terms of art for your walls?”

Kate: “I’d like a gallery wall, with lots of pictures, some quotes and a ram trophy head.”

Me: “A ram trophy head?”

Kate: “Yeah, you know…not a real ram trophy head, but one made out of cardboard or paper mache.”

Me: “hmmm…O (dot dot dot) K (dot dot dot)”

Kate:  “do you think you could make one?”

Me: “ummmm (dot dot dot) sure!”

Challenge accepted!  One paper mache ram trophy head coming up!Step by step instructions and illustrations to make a paper mache ram trophy head to mount on plaque or directly on the wall. Perfect for a gallery wall.

I have to say that I haven’t really worked with paper mache since I left elementary school…a few years ago!  But I really enjoyed this project!

Not only is it fun to get your hands all goopy, but you can actually form something with nothing more than newspaper, flour and water and most importantly…it is a very forgiving craft.  If you make a mistake (which I did several times) you can easily mend it.

After Ram(shes) was all done and ready to be hung, she fell off of the counter and cracked in several places.  I merely whipped up a wee batch of water and flour, ripped a couple strips of newspaper and voila…she was easily mended.

Oh, and let’s get this right out in the open…yes, I know Rams are male.  But I’ve claimed some artistic license here and made our Ramses a Ramshes. Freddy Mercury Ram? or Boy George Ram? or Bruce Jenner Ram?  Matters not…this is a Glam Ram.  Need inspiration for your gallery wall or home decor? This DIY paper mache ram trophy head is perfect for a girls bedroom.

What you need to make a paper mache ram trophy head (or other animal trophy head):

How you make a paper mache ram trophy head (or other animal trophy head):

  • Figure out an image that you can use as a reference.
  • I printed a photo of ram off of the internet and realized that I was aiming for a triangle shaped head.  I balled up some newspaper and shaped them accordingly.Need inspiration for your gallery wall or home decor? This DIY paper mache ram trophy head is perfect for a girls bedroom.
  • I wrapped those first three balls of paper and taped that together.  Then I added 3 more pieces, 2 side by side where the eyes will be and 1 added on to the opposite end where the nose will be.

Need inspiration for your gallery wall or home decor? This DIY paper mache ram trophy head is perfect for a girls bedroom.

  • Here’s where the fun starts.  Mix equal amounts of water and flour (I would do 1 cup of each at a time).  Dip your strips of newspaper in the flour/water paste and run the paper through your fingers to get most of the paste off of it.
  • Start overlaying your paste strips on your figure, covering it completely.  Once it is covered, set it aside to dry.  Or, you could put it in your oven, set at 150-200°.  How long depends on how wet your figure is.  I would turn my oven for one half an hour and then let it sit in the oven after I turned it off.

Need inspiration for your gallery wall or home decor? This DIY paper mache ram trophy head is perfect for a girls bedroom.

  • After I had her head pretty much set, I realized that she needed a neck and that she needed a little more meat under her chin.  It was so easy to just bundle some newspaper up, tape it on and then cover it with the paper mache.
  • Just a note, it does seem that I had a hard time finding a tape that wanted to adhere to the dried paper mache…not sure why.  But it stayed on long enough for me to cover it with the paper mache.  Need inspiration for your gallery wall or home decor? This DIY paper mache ram trophy head is perfect for a girls bedroom.
  • In retrospect, this would’ve been a good time to take some of the original paper balls out of her head to reduce the weight.  As it was, I did it after I attached the neck, which was not a problem at all.  I told you it was very forgiving.
  • I also ended up cutting a hole under the nose to remove those balls of paper.  I was hesitant to pull them all the way from the back…didn’t want the structure to collapse.  Once I got all the ‘stuffing’ out, I merely patched her up with paper and water/flour paste.
  • I then made her horns.  I used some of the wire I had from my felt garland, which is a heavy duty 24 gauge wire.  I double it over, taped it together and then wrapped the paper around the wire.  Then I began to wrap the paper mache around the horns.Need inspiration for your gallery wall or home decor? This DIY paper mache ram trophy head is perfect for a girls bedroom.
  • The image below shows the paper being wrapped around the wire.  It also shows where the original balls are under the paper mach head.

Need inspiration for your gallery wall or home decor? This DIY paper mache ram trophy head is perfect for a girls bedroom.

  • I drew in where I thought her eyes would go and then placed the horns appropriately, using the photo as a reference. Need inspiration for your gallery wall or home decor? This DIY paper mache ram trophy head is perfect for a girls bedroom.
  • I cut holes in her head big enough for the horns, put a little glue in the holes and then stuck the horns in.  I propped the horns up on cans while they were drying to keep them in place.
  • By wrapping the paper maché strips both vertically and horizontally on the horns and where they attached to the head, I was able to make them very secure.   I ended up making the horns much thicker after they were ‘installed’.  I also cut out the eye area, added a small ball made of aluminum foil to the eyesocket and paper mache-d over it when I attached the horns.  I used a knife to outline the eye area.

Need inspiration for your gallery wall or home decor? This DIY paper mache ram trophy head is perfect for a girls bedroom.

  • At this point, I started wondering how I  was going to attach the paper mache ram trophy head to the plaque that I found in the attic during my unclutter.  What I noodled was to attach some wire mesh to the back of her head.  That would make it possible for me to attach her to the plaque in any number of ways.  Once I folded the wire mesh around the hollowed out back. I glued and paper maché-d it on.  Need inspiration for your gallery wall or home decor? This DIY paper mache ram trophy head is perfect for a girls bedroom.
  • I used paper towel instead of newspaper to mold her nose and mouth.  Paper napkins and paper towels are much easier to mold.Need inspiration for your gallery wall or home decor? This DIY paper mache ram trophy head is perfect for a girls bedroom.
  • Ramshes spent a fair of time in the oven, or she’d probably prefer ‘sauna.’Need inspiration for your gallery wall or home decor? This DIY paper mache ram trophy head is perfect for a girls bedroom.
  • I added ears cut out of cardstock to the paper mache ram trophy head.Need inspiration for your gallery wall or home decor? This DIY paper mache ram trophy head is perfect for a girls bedroom.
  • Once she was all dry, I took my gal outside for spray painting.  I first spray painted the horns using Rustoleum Metallic Gold Spray paint.
  • Once the gold was dry, I slipped plastic bags over the horns and spray painted the rest of Ramshes pink using Valspar Pink Burst High Gloss Spray Paint.
  • The piece de resistance on Ramshes, in my book anyway, are her gold eyelashes.  I used the same gold cardstock that I used for the ears and cut fringe-y eyelashes.  I then sprayed them with adhesive glue, sprinkled them with fine gold glitter and curled them on the handle of a wooden spoon.  I slipped them into the slits I made and just added a wee bit of glue to keep them in place.  Don’t hesitate to make your slits bigger as necessary with a knife or letter opener.  Need inspiration for your gallery wall or home decor? This DIY paper mache ram trophy head is perfect for a girls bedroom.

‘Oh, la, la’….Ramshes, the Glam Ram is the bling  that made Kate’s gallery wall sparkle.Step by step instructions and illustrations to make a paper mache ram trophy head to mount on plaque or directly on the wall. Perfect for a gallery wall.

 

Ramshes, the pink paper mache ram trophy head absolutely perfects and finishes Kate’s gallery wall.  I am so glad she thought of it.  I have to say that the gold glitter eyelashes really make her a complete knock-out in my book.
Step by step instructions and illustrations to make a paper mache ram trophy head to mount on plaque or directly on the wall. Perfect for a gallery wall.
Need inspiration for your gallery wall or home decor? This DIY paper mache ram trophy head is perfect for a girls bedroom.

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27 Comments

  1. jenny

    February 15, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Lynn!!!! I swear I saw the headline on this and had to come see what on earth got you making a ram’s head, but OMG I LOVE this! I wish I had you for my mom!
    Kate’s gallery wall looks so awesome!

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    • lynn

      February 15, 2016 at 10:47 am

      Thanks dear friend…it was fun to make. I ought to do a glam Nittany Lion, huh? Or a glam ‘buckeye’ for Terry’s office?!

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    • CoCo

      February 15, 2016 at 10:55 am

      Lynn, I bet Kate is over the moon with this glam ram. Those gold glittered eye lashes,..I can’t even! LOVE! I just bought a paper mache deer for a similar project and I love it. Her gallery wall is totally fantastic. Hugs, CoCo

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      • lynn

        February 15, 2016 at 11:12 am

        Thanks Coco, I think she is…she’s only seen photos of the finished product, but she’ll be home next month and I think she’ll love her newish room. It was a fun project…though there are still a few wee things to do. You know how that goes…is one every REALLY done?
        Thanks for stopping by.

        Hugs, Lynn

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  2. jenny

    February 15, 2016 at 11:01 am

    definitely a glam Nittany Lion. Have no idea how you’d dress up a buckeye 😉

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  3. Katrin

    February 15, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Oh wow! I can’t believe this! It’s totally awesome, I’m sure Kate is loving this guy! I mean gal! The eye lashes are to die for, lol, I love what you’ve made Lynn! The colours are perfect and it just looks amazing on that wall! Seriously… coolest mom ever! 🙂

    I haven’t watched yet! Will now! So excited!!!

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    • lynn

      February 16, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      Hey Katrin, thanks for you sweet comments. I really had a ball making Ramshes…really easy and fun. Loved the flexibility I had to do what I wanted with her. And completely free! Well almost. I had everything on hand except for the pink spray paint.
      Planning to watch WD tomorrow.

      Hugs, LYnn

      Reply
  4. Mary-the boondocks blog

    February 16, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Ramshes is gorgeous, right up there with Nefertiti. I love your tenacity and determination. I would not know where to begin with a project like this. It looks so glam and fabulous! And is s perfect addition to Kate’s gallery wall. You are f ull of surprises my friend!.

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    • lynn

      February 16, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      Hello Mary, hope you are well. I do love the way she turned out…wasn’t quite sure given that I had never really done paper mache before. But I figured that since there was not real cost involved, I had nothing to lose by diving right in…which is my wont. It was one of those projects that, while I’m glad to have a finished project that I am pleased with, I was a little disappointed that the ‘craft adventure’ was over.
      Hugs and wishes for a great day, Lynn

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  5. Charlotte

    February 17, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    This is the most crazy adorable thing I’ve ever seen! I feel like I need to have a pink ram head in my house right away. And maybe borrow those gold lashes lol. Too cute!

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    • lynn

      February 20, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      Hello Charlotte…so glad you like her! She really is quite fun and I agree, the eyelashes are key. One of those inspired moments. I give all permission for you to clone her for your home. Hugs, LYnn

      Reply
  6. Beth Ann Chiles

    February 18, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Well what a fun post and fun project. My husband would think I had flipped if I tried this but it is the perfect addition to your space and turned out great! What talent!!! Thanks for sharing! Coming over from NCBN!

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    • lynn

      February 20, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      Hi Beth Ann…fellow NCBN-er! I would have to agree that you need just the right spot for Ramshes, but luckily Kate’s wall was made for it. It was a fun project, anxious to do another one.

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  7. Sarah @ 2paws Designs

    February 19, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Even as an NCSU alum, I have to say I’m impressed with your paper mâche ram head. So fun and the perfect addition to her gallery wall.

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    • lynn

      February 20, 2016 at 4:25 pm

      Hi Sarah, given your NCSU affiliation, your compliment carries even more weight and is even more appreciated! Thanks LYnn

      Reply
  8. Rachel

    February 19, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Super Cool. I wish I was more creative. I really liked how the gallery wall turned out.

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    • lynn

      February 20, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      Thanks Rachel. I’m sure you are more creative than you give yourself credit for. We are pretty tickled with the gallery wall as well. Thanks for swinging by today. Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  9. Nikki

    February 23, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Lynn, I love what the two of you have done to this room. Seriously I want to move in! It’s gorgeous, luxurious, trendy and stylish. The two of you ought to go in business together you are a great team. I love how you put together the RAM, your mind works in such a creative way I am so inspired and impressed. Its funny you may think something is out of your reach for a do it yourself and then someone does it. I think this is a lesson for all of us that if we have something in our mind we just need to branch out and try it. The Rams head turned out so cool and I agree the gold glitter eyelashes put it over the top!

    I love the entire wall art installment, the picture of the feet in the platform pumps and the picture of the back of the girl’s head are those your daughter? I absolutely love those pictures the whole wall is stunning.

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    • lynn

      February 24, 2016 at 8:30 pm

      Howdy Nikki, I’ve got to admit that Kate and I did really have a ball redecorating her room. It kept us busy, but it was a fun busy. And…we slept so well each night! And thanks for your compliments on ‘just doing it!’ That’s rather my way of doing things though. My grandmother had the term ‘huddly fuddly’ for when I would run headfirst into a project without planning it out.
      And I’m loving the gallery wall as well. Yes…the feet and the head are my daughter’s. Took the photos and ran them through the app Waterlogue. Then just printed them on cardstock. It’s the greatest app!
      As always, thanks for stopping by.

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  10. Ilka

    February 23, 2016 at 10:30 am

    I love paper mache and this is just such an awesome idea! Turned out great! Very creative!

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    • lynn

      February 26, 2016 at 5:25 pm

      Thanks Ilka…having never worked with it before, I really found it great fun to do. Looking for another paper mache project soon. Any ideas?

      Wishing you a wonderful weekend, Lynn

      Reply
  11. Emily

    February 23, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    Lynn, I love this a little more every time I see it! And those eyelashes! I still can’t get over how adorable they are 🙂 Thanks for sharing with Creative Spark – I chose your Ram to be one of my Features this week! Hope you’ll link up with us again!

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    • lynn

      February 24, 2016 at 8:08 pm

      Aw, thanks Emily! I adore this gal to no end…she makes me smile every time I see her. And thanks again for featuring her. i’ll see you next week. Hugs Lynn

      Reply
  12. heather

    February 24, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    This just makes me happy 🙂 🙂

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    • lynn

      February 24, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      Thanks Heather! She makes me happy too. She just rather brightens the wall and brings it all together. Thanks for stopping by to visit. Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  13. Jenny Kavanagh

    March 7, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    Oh Lynn, I love it! And I’m secretly happy to know I don’t have the only kids who like to throw out outrageous requests for mom to make as if its just another day and no big deal. Lol.
    The pink ram is superb ? -Jenny

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    • lynn

      March 8, 2016 at 6:13 am

      Aw Jenny, thanks so much! I do love a good project and sometimes I’m at a loss for a good idea, so, truth be told, sometimes I am thrilled when someone else comes up with the idea! And the paper mache process…so much fun. Looking forward to another project soon…think I have an idea!
      Thanks for swinging by today…
      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply

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