It looks very like the way model aeroplanes are made out of balsa wood and tissue paper. The paper is glued to balsa wood frame of the wings, fuselage etc and then coated with stuff called "dope" (afraid I don't know what it is made of) which makes the paper shrink tight onto the frame.
I just googled covering an aeroplane with tissue paper and found this -
and these videos
Hope this is a bit of help. At least you can see that the technique is in the public domain