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How to Make Papier Mache


Quick tips on making paper mache, it's probably easier than you think! 


  

 

 

 

Papier mache, or paper mache, is an excellent arts and craft activity for children.  It is easy to do, and you can make tons of fantastic crafts.  Paper mache is also great because the supplies you need to make it are things that you usually already have in the home! So, if you’re looking for a great activity to do to keep busy, then why not consider making your own paper mache.  Paper mache can be great fun for everyone in the family, and you can make all sorts of things.

To make the glue for your Paper mache you will need 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 2 cups boiling water (this must be done by adults only!), 2 cups cold water, and 3 tablespoons of sugar.  In a large bowl, you need to mix together the cold water and the flour.  Once that’s mixed together, get an adult to add it to the boiling water, and raise it to a boil.  Once boiling they will want to remove it from the heat, add the sugar, and mix together.  Put aside to cool.  As it cools, you will notice that the mixture will thicken. 

Once you’ve got your glue set, you’ll need to tear out thin strips of newspaper.  Make sure that you tear the strips rather than cut them.  Usually, thinner strips are better to help you work around any shape that you might want to.  Once you have your strips, you’ll want to cover the strips into the glue.  When you pull the strip out from the glue, you will want to use your fingers to squeeze off the excess glue.  Once you've gotten the excess glue off the strip, you can place it onto your mould.  You will continue this on the rest of your mold while overlapping the strips.  The edges of the strips will mould together, and you will be left with a smooth and lovely finish.  If you find that you want more than one layer of paper on your mould, make sure that you leave time for the first layer to dry completely before applying the next layer. 

Once you’ve completed your project on its mould and it has dried, you can decorate it.  You can paint it, apply glitter to it, or draw on it.  By really taking some time to decorate it, you can truly make it your own! 


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