Easy newspaper Crafts for Kids
DLTK's Crafts for KidsHow to Paper Mache
December 27, 2015 – 10:36 am
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tear newspaper into strips.
HINT: always make the last layer of mache with white computer paper or paper towel so that painting is easier. It takes FAR less paint. If you don't do this, consider priming the project with white acrylic paint before you let the kids at it with the poster paint
Make paper mache paste (there are many different options):
OPTION 1: 3/4 white glue to 1/4 water (or if using a good, thick glue, like elmers you can do 1/2 and 1/2)
OPTION 2: COOK METHOD: 1 part flour to 5 parts water... boil about 3 minutes and let cool (my favorite! it's the cheapest method and is nice and smooth)
OPTION 3: 1 part flour to 1 part water. Stir together.
Suggestion from a viewer...
" Rather than make our own paste for paper mache, we use liquid starch that is relatively inexpensive. I bought a large jug at the supermarket that we have been using for years. Sounds like it gives the same result as the cooked method. It dries smooth and clear - fantastic for use with gift wrap scraps. We use it with brown grocery bags when we want to create pottery or leather looking crafts."
Thanks to Pam for sharing this idea!
Suggestion from a viewer...
NOTE: Humidity really does play a factor! If you live somewhere very humid, add less water (up to 1/4 less). I live in a very dry area.
NOTE: if you add a couple tablespoons of salt to your paper mache it will not mold. (Thanks to Marg for this tip!).
Cover your project with no more than 4 layers of paper mache. I always tell the kids 2 layers as they ALWAYS overlap more than they should *laugh*
Let dry COMPLETELY.
Once again cover with no more than 4 layers.
continue this process until it's as solid as you want it.
if making a pinata, tie a loop of string to a paper clip. Tape the paper clip onto the frame of the pinata before you start maching. Mache over top of the paper clip. Make sure not to mache over the string loop. Tie your rope onto the loop to hang your pinata.
"for paper mache: add a little cinnamon to the mix - it takes away the smell."
Thanks to Cindi for sharing this idea!
Trish offered these tips for working with paper mache...
"I briefly looked at your dolphin paper mache... Have you ever tried using an old 2 litre soda bottle instead as your base? I use these a lot for paper mache. They are a good size and easy to cut and tape to alter to suit your needs. I taught Art to 4-7 graders and we made Elephants, Hippo's and Parrots out of the paper mache using the soda bottle method. I made a wonderful dolphin using a mineral water bottle that had a beautiful triangular shape. Wish I had a picture!!
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