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Transform boring sheets of paper into simple and fun craft projects.
You Will Need
- White flour
- Skeletal structure
- Cooking oil
- White glue (optional)
- Powdered wallpaper glue (optional)
Make papier-mache paste by mixing equal parts flour and water in a bowl, stirring the mixture with a spoon until it is smooth and soupy.
Tear newsprint into long, thin strips for round papier-mache project forms and wider strips for other shapes.
Use inflated balloons, cardboard boxes, wire mesh, or any combination of rigid materials to make a skeleton or frame for your project.
Oil the form
Lightly oil the skeleton so you can easily remove it when the papier-mache dries.
Dip strips into paste
Dip your newsprint strips into the paste, making sure each side gets thoroughly covered.
Lay strips on the skeleton, overlapping them and smoothing them out with your fingers. Continue adding strips until the form is covered with at least three layers.
Allow to dry
Allow the project to dry completely, adding more layers if necessary. Carefully remove the skeleton after final layers have had time to dry.
Paint your project using any type of paint you like and get ready to hear some oohhs and ahhs when you show off your original paper mache dolls, animals, and other creations.