Twine-covered Dog

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I dragged someone's abandoned art class project -- a paper mache dog -- home from a thrift store and updated his look with jute twine and clear gel tacky glue.
Here's what my little dog looked like to start with. He had a lot of personality, but was in need of a makeover.
He was also short one eye.
I started his makeover by basecoating him with tan acrylic craft paint. The tan was the closest match that I had to the twine, and I figured the tan color would disguise any small gaps between strands.
After the paint dried, I started wrapping the dog's legs, working from the feet up and securing the ends of the twine with clear craft glue. (Glue gun glue is way too thick and gloppy and dries too fast to use on a project like this.)
After the legs were done, I started on his body.
I wrapped the twine all the way around the dog's body wherever I could. The places that I couldn't do a full-body wrap, I filled in with single strands that I cut and glued in place.
Here's his body all wrapped up.
Next, I did his ears, wrapping them in twine, starting at the base and working up to the tip.
When I got to the dog's muzzle, I decided to paint his nose black and leave it exposed.
For his eyes, I just wrapped the twine around in circles, from bottom to top. I planned to add a button-type eyeball later but wanted to finish the wrapping first.
When I was doing his tail, I started with the points that hang down. I wrapped each one individually.
Then I filled in the main part of the tail.
Finally he was all wrapped.
I glued some black discs to the front of his eyes so he could see, and voila, my little dog's makeover was complete.
Check out my blog -- -- to see his cat friend.

Suggested materials:

  • 2-ply jute twine   (My junk drawer)
  • Aleene's Clear Gel Tacky Glue   (Wal-Mart)

Lisa Cestkowski
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