Paper mache is one of those old crafts that has been around for years and yet we still haven’t grown tired of it. It is also one of those rare projects where you can turn out something amazing and you don’t need to buy a lot of expensive items to get going with it. Most of what you need you are going to be able to find already in your home.

The final outcome of your paper mache being something wonderful is going to depend a lot on which recipe you use to make your paper mache medium. Here are a few standard recipes to get you started.

paper mache pasteimage source: aboutfamilycrafts

Ingredients to Make Paper Mache Paste:

  • Flour
  • Water
  • Salt (optional)

You will also need these items:

  • Measuring Cup

  • Large Bowl

  • Fork or Spoon

click on image link for the rest of the instructions


Animal Heads

paper mache animal headsimage source: lilblueboo

Most of us have no taste for seeing real animal heads mounted on the wall, but these ones made from paper mache are quite delightful. This is a project that you may want to do with the kids, or perhaps you want to surprise them with something interesting and fun to put on their wall. Clicking on the image link will get you started on how to make these unique animal heads.

Paper Ballerina:

Now this project is not your typical paper mache, but these ballerina’s are so whimsical and would look lovely in a gathering in a little girl’s room that we just had to add it to our collection here.

paper ballerinasimage source: icreativeideas


Here are the materials and tools you may need:

  • Flexible wire;

  • Napkin paper;

  • PVA glue;

  • Thread;

  • Transparent fishing line;

  • Pliers;

  • Scissors;

  • A fine needle

click on the image link for some good ideas for constructing these


The Beehive:

This is something that is just different and would look cute sitting on a table in your home and would surely become a conversation piece…


paper mache beehiveimage source: messforless

You will need:
  • Balloon

  • White glue

  • Bowl (two – one for glue mixture and one for stabilizing the balloon)

  • Water

  • Newspaper or newsprint

  • Yellow paint

  • Black paint

  • Paintbrush

  • Hot glue gun

  • Black, white and yellow pipe cleaners

  • Scissors

Go to messforless for some great instructions on how to make this


Paper Mache Letter Making

Monograms are a big trend and really come in handy for a variety of reasons. Using paper mache to construct them is one of the easiest ways to do them…

paper mache quill lettersimage source:pinterest

This one is more with paper quilling than paper mache but it gives you an idea of just what you can do for monogramming with paper


Here is a simple method to get you going on your letter making… click on the image link for the great instructions

paper mache letter makingimage source:greenzebracrafts


Once you get going with your paper mache crafts experiment with different paper mache recipes until you get the one that you like the best

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