Get Crafty: Make This Easy Paper Mache Recipe
Do you remember grade school arts and crafts class? I remember being introduced to paper mache with a balloon, some glue, newspaper strips, and a styrofoam brush.
I had great fun with that first experiment. After I sloppily pasted all the wet and sticky strips of paper to the balloon I let it dry.
The following class period I was allowed to pop the balloon inside. Excitement filled me from head to toe. It is rare that children can make big noises so I relished in the opportunity. To my dismay there was no big bang, just a slow release of air with very little fan fare.
The best part was yet to come. I filled the top with candies and little prizes while the teacher tied a string to the top. Without my knowing it, I made a pinata.
What a fun craft to do with children. It made an impact on me because 30 years later I still have very detailed memories of this class.
2-Ingredient Easy Paper Mache Recipe
You will need 2 cups of water to every 1 cup of flour. Don’t make it too thick. It will be runny similar to school glue maybe a bit thinner. If it is too thick just add a bit more water.
Make a Mountain Landscape
– newspapers or magazines
– paint brushes
– masking tape
– paper mache glue
Step 1: You will need a large piece of cardboard. You can use a side of a cereal box covered in foil for extra support.
Step 2: Crumble the newspaper into balls, shaping into a mountain shape. Tape this to your cardboard using masking tape. You may also want to add little hills and rocks to your landscape.
Step 3: Prepare your glue and cut newspaper into strips. Dip strips of newspaper into glue and layer on your mountain, rocks, and landscape. Let dry. Add more layers until it is firm. Let dry overnight.
Step 4: With paints and paint brush decorate your mountain, rocks, and landscape. For added realism, buy some plastic animals and trees, gluing them to your landscape.
More Fun With Paper Mache:
Masks – a milk jug cut in half, use the part with the handle, turn it upside down. Cut eye holes and mouth along with slits near the ears for an elastic band. Paper mache the mask, about 3 layers, drying between each layer. Paint your facial features to complete the mask.
Houses – use coffee cans, yogurt cups, and boxes to create villages. Tape lids shut. Tape or glue a roof to your house. Paper mache, paint, and decorate.
Dolls – you’ll need pipe cleaner and newspaper for this. Shape the pipe cleaner into legs and arms. Crunch newspaper around to fill out the body. Crumble newspaper into a head shape, add to the top of the body with an extra pipe cleaner and tape. Layer stripes of paper around your doll with glue being careful to dry thoroughly.
Decorate your doll with hand-sewn clothing, yarn hair, painted features or anything your little heart desires.
Bowls – with a plastic or glass bowl set top-down on a table, glue paper strips to the bowl. Let dry between layers. When completely dry, remove from bowl. Paint and decorate.
Crafting is a great way to connect with your inner child. It is also a child-friendly activity where messes are not discouraged. What will you make with your sticky concoction? And now I’d like to invite you to follow me on Pinterest where I share crafts, blogging tips, and helpful parenting advice. Join Sara on Pinterest where she shares blogging tips, crochet and crafts, parenting advice, recipes, and quotes that will inspire you to live each day with a smile on your face. When you need a content creator give a shout-out on Twitter using the hashtag “helpmesara”.
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