Papier Mache: The Necessary Materials
Papier-Mache is an inexpensive and relatively easy craft project. Recycled newspaper is ideal for the paper component and you can even make the paste!
Newspaper (you can use a mixture of newspaper and lightweight, brown paper bags)
Plastic Throw Cloths or Table Coverings
Large Container for mixing the adhesive
(Optional) Sturdy Mold- Ballon, Bowl, Plate, Milk Jug, etc.
Mixing the Adhesive
There are many different ways to make the adhesive for papier-mache, but three main types.
Flour and Water Paste- Three Methods
- Mix three parts water into one part flour until smooth (3 cups of water and 1 cup flour for example).
- Mix one cup flour into one cup water until smooth. Then add four cups of boiling water and simmer for 3 minutes.
- Mix ½ cup flour into two cups of cold water. Add two cups boiling water and return to boil. Remove from heat and add 3 tablespoons of sugar. The mixture will thicken as it cools.
NOTE- These glue mixtures may not produce long-lasting results. The flour mixtures can mold, especially in humid climates. A couple drops of Wintergreen essential oil can make the paste last longer.
Wallpaper Paste (contains a fungicide to prevent mold)
- The paste generally comes in powdered form in large jugs anywhere wallpaper is sold. Mix according to the directions, or use a little less water for a thicker result.
- A good rule of thumb is to mix three parts water with one part wallpaper paste.
NOTE- Unlike flour and water mixture, wallpaper paste is toxic so do not use with children.
White Glue Paste
- Water down the white glue. Combine two parts warm water with one part white glue.