Ditch the pasta necklaces! Learning how to make paper mache is one of our favorite projects for the whole family. From simple balloons to paper mache pinatas that’ll be the star of your next party, it’s an all-ages art project.
The best thing about paper mache projects for kids is that you can grab whatever you’ve got at home. Let’s dive into how to make paper mache glue, find the perfect materials, and create a project that’ll last.
Here’s your step-by-step guide to making paper mache art projects.
- Make paper mache using a mix of glue (or flour), water, and newspaper strips.
- Create your desired shape using a form like a balloon or cardboard.
- Let the paper mache dry for at least 24 hours before painting it.
- Experiment with different types of paper and glue for various textures and durability.
How to Make Paper Mache
Alright, moms, ready to try your new favorite project? Let’s walk through the basics of how to make paper mache.
What You Need
Before you get started, you’ll want to collect the following:
- Large container or bowl for mixing.
- Glue (or flour/ wallpaper paste/ Mod Podge).
- Form (balloon, cardboard).
Like any fun project, you can make it yours. Experiment with your paper mache form and keep reading for glue recipes.
Step by Step Paper Mache Instructions
If you’ve got the DIY bug and don’t want to use store-bought glue, here are a few great options.
- No-Cook Flour Glue: Mix one part of all-purpose flour with two parts water. Blend out the lumps.
- Strong Paper Mache Paste: For stronger glue, bring one cup of water to a boil. In a separate bowl, add ¼ cup of flour and stir in ¼ cup of water. Whisk, then drizzle your flour-water blend. Keep it at a rolling boil for two minutes. Whisk until it looks like heavy cream.
- Wallpaper Powder Paper Mache Paste: Want a piece that’ll last? Add two parts wallpaper powder to one part water.
Alright, Master Chef, got your glue ready to go? Here is how to create your artistic masterpiece.
- Put down some newspaper or a plastic sheet. Paper mache is messy business, especially with kids!
- Start tearing your newspaper into long strips. Any size is fine so go crazy with it, and don’t worry about the scissors. Having textured, torn edges is actually better.
- Grab your form. If you’re a newbie, start with a balloon to get the feel. To make it easier to slide out, coat it with cooking oil (or skip if it’s too messy with kids).
- Dip your newspaper in the glue blend.
- Slide the newspaper between two fingers as you remove it. Gently squeeze out the excess glue so it’s not dripping.
- Drape your newspaper over the form and smooth it out. Be sure to massage out any crease or lumps for a smooth finish.
- Keep coating the newspaper strips in glue and lay them over your form. To make it stronger, use a criss-cross pattern.
- When you’re happy with the shape, leave it to dry.
- After it’s totally dry, start painting.
- As soon as your paint is dry, you can pop the balloon and pull it out. Knitting needles are handy for grabbing it if you can’t quite grab it.
FAQs About Making Paper Mache
How many of us have ended up with a DIY project fail that looks oh-so-different from the pic online? To make sure yours is picture-perfect, let’s look at those frequently asked questions.
Mastering Paper Mache
Now that you know how to make paper mache, it’s time to get creative! From toilet paper and white glue to comic books and flour paste, the kids can have a blast DIYing it.
The thing that we love the most about paper mache is that it’s totally customizable — and cheaper than an art set! Collect those old paper scraps, grab the glue, and see what your little artists come up with.