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Paper mache` is magic it can turn ordinary things into beautiful works of art or make something from nothing.

Warning! These projects are very messy!

Paper mache` paste—


  • Water
  • Flour
  • Or paper mache` pulp (leaves project a bit lumpy and very dusty)


-- Mix flour and water in equal parts

* If too thick add more water until you get a nice thin smooth consistency

Project ideas:



* Just use old plastic bottles

* Optional: cut off bottle at the base of the neck for a bigger opening



*Use large toilet paper rolls (from businesses)

* Just cover one end with paper mache` strips to create a bottom



*Using a empty wide paper roll (child’s hand should fit easily through it)

*Wrap paper mache` paper inside and outside



*Use 2 paper towel tubes

*Placing the at least 6” inches apart

*Optional: Use plastic coated with spray oil to prevent from sticking

*Wrap each tube with paper mache` strips

*Laying lengthwise take long strips of paper mache` paper and place them from one tube to the other (should look like a piece of parchment paper on a roll)




  • Paper
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Spoon
  • Plastic bottles, jars toilet paper tubes (especially those used for commercial use), small boxes, balloons, etc…
  • Smocks
  • Gloves for those who do not want to get messy
  • Large plastic bag for work surface
  • Time and patience LOL!



--Decide on project

--Newspaper ( other paper works well too) cut into strips about 1” x 3” inches

* If completely by scratch use foil, wire mesh, or crumpled paper as your form

--Mix paper mache` or pulp (according to package)

--Tear or cut paper into strips about 1” inch x 3” inches

--Dip into paste and slide off excess

--Wrap item to be used

--Let dry 1---2 days

--Add more layers

*Add dimension to your project or texture

--After final layers have dried, paint or decorate


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