Sunday, July 22, 2012

Homemade Paper Mache

Paper mache is an easy way to create projects for school, holidays, or just for fun.

My children love to make them, it can get messy, but I don't mind.

What is paper mache? It is a substance made from paper that can be molded when wet and painted when dry.

Materials needed:
  • Water

  • Flour

  • Non-stick cooking spray (such as Pam, not shown below)

  • Filled Balloon (or any other base for your project)

  • A mixer or fork

  • 1 shallow bowl

  • 1 container to hold your project

For the container I use an old gallon jug of water and cut it a little less than half way.

Place newspaper over your work surface to aid in cleanup. You will thank me later!

To make the paste, mix together 1 part flour to 2 parts water. You want the consistency to be like thick glue but also runny.

You can add more water or flour to obtain the right consistency.

Mix well and be sure to remove any lumps.

 Cut (or tear) the newspaper into strips of about 1 & 1/2 inches wide and 3 inches long.

Place the balloon in the water bottle cut out and spray with the cooking spray.

Dip the newspaper into the paper mache paste and layer over the surface of the balloon. Be sure to overlap your strips and cover the entire surface of the balloon, being careful not to leave any part showing.

When finished, place in a warm place to dry and allow 2-3 days to be sure it drys completely.

Once dry, pop the balloon from the bottom and design your project.

Things to consider:

* The paste can be smelly, add cinnamon or vanilla to help eliminate the odor.

*Mold can form if the project is not allowed to dry completely. If you live in high humidity area add salt to prevent mold, a few tablespoons should be enough.

 Things to make:

* Easter Eggs

* Pumpkins

* A globe

* Planets

* Christmas Ornaments

* Animals (by using various shapes)

* Pinatas

The possibilities are endless, get creative and have fun!

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