To create paper mache, you’ll require some basic supplies; chances are, you already have most of them at home!
Water is one of the essential components for creating the ideal paste texture and moist consistency.
Some prefer adding salt or clove oil to their flour paste to prevent rotting; others opt for an unassuming scent.
How to Make Paper Mache Paste
Paper Mache requires only old newspapers, water and standard white glue as its main ingredients, though you could also opt for homemade versions using flour as the glue alternative for stronger, longer-lasting results.
To create basic paper mache glue, mix one part flour with two parts water in a large bowl or container, mixing until there are no lumps remaining. It is best to prepare fresh batches every time as the mixture can quickly thicken and become lumpy over time.
To use paper mache mixture, dip strips of newspaper or absorbent paper such as paper towels into it and let them soak before carefully applying them to your papier mache base. Allow each layer of paper mache to dry fully before proceeding; depending on the project and location this could take anywhere between 24 hours and several days to dry completely.
Paper Mache Glue
Paper mache glue makes an enormous impactful statement about its maker. It should adhere to newspaper strips securely while drying clear so that your sculpture can be decorated using paint.
Normal wallpaper paste, white glue and carpenter’s glue all work great for paper mache projects if they are diluted with water before use – undiluted glue won’t harden and your project won’t set properly!
Homemade paper mache glue requires longer to create than store-bought varieties; cooking the flour and mixing it with water takes more time and will require additional layers for your creations to become stronger when completed. However, this option makes an excellent present – you could even add food color for fun!
Paper Mache Paste Recipe
One easy and quick method for crafting paper mache sculptures involves mixing glue with newspaper to form paste. However, this form of paper mache leaves a visible floury residue on your sculpture’s exterior; therefore you should avoid using this form on anything visible to others.
Cooked paper mache paste offers another option for creating thick and strong paper mache structures quickly and without mold growth. All ingredients for this recipe are identical to no-cook paste; simply add 1 teaspoon of salt for extra mold protection in the final mix.
Make paper mache paste easily by mixing one part sieved flour with two parts cool water until it forms a uniform paste. Use any paper, though torn strips of newspaper are recommended due to their smooth surface that fits more smoothly onto any form.
Paper Mache Techniques
Paper mache is an enjoyable and stress-free way to create freestanding sculptures, perfect for kids of all ages and adults of any age. Paper mache can also be used to craft bowls, masks and puppets!
Start off your paper mache project by gathering materials. A large bowl and some type of base (be it balloon, wire mesh or another form) are essential, along with paper mache to cover its entirety before beginning work on the sculpture itself.
Step two is preparing the paste. For this you will require sieved flour mixed with boiling water and salt in order to achieve an adhesive mixture.
Once the paste is prepared, you can begin working on your project. Tear or cut strips of newspaper (or any thin paper you have available). Dip each strip individually into the paper mache mixture. Over time, its softening qualities should allow it to conform perfectly to whatever shape your project may take.