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Create a hilarious 3D family portrait!
I’ve been creating eerily fun 3D portraits for years as über personalized gifts for ecstatic-to-receive-them-friends but for whatever reason never thought to make any of my own family…until now...

…obviously not exact likenesses but a hilarious addition to the living room wall nonetheless! With a touch of creativity & some bits ‘n’ bobs from around the house you’ll be hanging up your own in no time flat:

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  • How to decorate a canvas. Creepy Caricatures - Step 1
    Step 1

    For the first step you’ll need some newspaper/flyers, tape & a box for each member of your family – keep in mind: the bigger the boxes, the bigger your finished heads will be

  • How to decorate a canvas. Creepy Caricatures - Step 2
    Step 2

    press in the corner of the box, wrap & tape crumpled/twisted newspaper around the box creating an oval-ish head-shape

  • How to decorate a canvas. Creepy Caricatures - Step 3
    Step 3

    continue adding paper until the front & sides of the box are completely covered, ball up another piece of paper & tape to the centre of the box-head – this will eventually be the sniffer of your creepy caricature

  • How to decorate a canvas. Creepy Caricatures - Step 4
    Step 4

    if your box-heads resemble the photo you’re on the right track!

  • How to decorate a canvas. Creepy Caricatures - Step 5
    Step 5

    Step two: Grab a bowl, flour & chop your remaining newspapers into equal-ish strips

  • How to decorate a canvas. Creepy Caricatures - Step 6
    Step 6

    time to get gooey! Pop your bowl into the sink & stir up a mixture of 2 parts (warm) water to 1.5 parts flour – my very basic papier mache recipe, if you want a thicker paste just add more flour, thinner paste? more water…too easy!

  • How to decorate a canvas. Creepy Caricatures - Step 7
    Step 7

    Cover your work area – I find non-stick baking paper under the heads works fab! Grab a strip of newspaper, dip it into your gluey mixture, slide it between your index & middle fingers to get rid of the excess & smooth it onto your head

  • How to decorate a canvas. Creepy Caricatures - Step 8
    Step 8

    completely cover the head with a layer or 3 of gooey newspaper…& then unleash your creativity...

  • How to decorate a canvas. Creepy Caricatures - Step 9
    Step 9

    using bits of soaked, ripped, torn & twisted newspaper sculpt as many 3D details as possible – having a photo of your victim...erm...subject in front of you as inspiration really helps with the realism-potential…

  • How to decorate a canvas. Creepy Caricatures - Step 10
    Step 10

    grab some tissue paper (phonebook pages work fab too!)

  • How to decorate a canvas. Creepy Caricatures - Step 11
    Step 11

    gently apply a top layer of tissue paper goo to your heads (this helps to smooth out the rough edges) then pop them on a baking sheet

  • How to decorate a canvas. Creepy Caricatures - Step 12
    Step 12

    bake on your oven’s lowest setting for about 30 minutes – checking every 10 minutes – *haul them out at the first sign of burning

  • How to decorate a canvas. Creepy Caricatures - Step 13
    Step 13

    wheeee! You could move onto the final step now but it’s a good idea to let the heads get thoroughly dry overnight…

  • How to decorate a canvas. Creepy Caricatures - Step 14
    Step 14

    The fun finale begins with brushes, paints, an old plate-for-a-palette & a can of spray varnish

  • How to decorate a canvas. Creepy Caricatures - Step 15
    Step 15

    give everyone a base coat with their basic skin (or fur) tone

  • How to decorate a canvas. Creepy Caricatures - Step 16
    Step 16

    start adding the features…

  • How to decorate a canvas. Creepy Caricatures - Step 17
    Step 17

    go crazy with the facial traits – more detail = more realism: rosy cheeks, bright white smiles, nostrils…

  • How to decorate a canvas. Creepy Caricatures - Step 18
    Step 18

    eyebrows, eyeliner & don’t forget the twinkle (2 lil’ white dots added to the pupils)

  • How to decorate a canvas. Creepy Caricatures - Step 19
    Step 19

    highlights streaked through hair & fur add another groovy ‘realistic’ dimension

  • How to decorate a canvas. Creepy Caricatures - Step 20
    Step 20

    happy with your heads? take ‘em outside & blast ‘em with spray varnish (makes dusting-them-with-a-damp-cloth a breeze)

  • How to decorate a canvas. Creepy Caricatures - Step 21
    Step 21

    for the absolute, really, truly, last step search for some no-longer-needed accessories from each of the humans (or animals) your heads are based on

  • How to decorate a canvas. Creepy Caricatures - Step 22
    Step 22

    …and your trusty glue gun

  • How to decorate a canvas. Creepy Caricatures - Step 23
    Step 23

    pierce mommy’s ears, dab a small amount of hot glue onto the hole & insert the earrings

  • How to decorate a canvas. Creepy Caricatures - Step 24
    Step 24

    cheap false eyelashes are awesome! They come pre-stickied so simply attach them to the eyelids & apply a thin line of hot glue with a toothpick for extra strength

  • How to decorate a canvas. Creepy Caricatures - Step 25
    Step 25

    slip baby’s hat onto her head, slice it up the back, glue it to the top, trim off the excess fabric & stick down any loose edges

  • How to decorate a canvas. Creepy Caricatures - Step 26
    Step 26

    trim the arms of Daddy’s glasses & attach with a small drop of glue above each ear

  • How to decorate a canvas. Creepy Caricatures - Step 27
    Step 27

    for easy hanging simply cut a hole in the back of the heads & hook ‘em onto a nail in the wall – or – give your little mousie a canvas & let her prepare a funky backdrop to house the creepy family...

  • How to decorate a canvas. Creepy Caricatures - Step 28
    Step 28

    a bit more hot glue to attach them & hang ‘em up!

  • How to decorate a canvas. Creepy Caricatures - Step 29
    Step 29

    Finished!

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