How to Make Paper Mache: Recipe and Guide
Check out our simple, family-friendly paper mache recipe, and introduce the kids to a wonderful way to craft away the afternoon! Follow Charlie Mumford’s step-by-step paper mache guide below, and watch the video to ensure your paper mache making goes without a hitch! It’s great fun for kids and adults of all ages, and enables you to get creative with simple household items to produce stunning 3D projects!
A fantastic activity for children and beginners to crafting; when it comes to getting creative with paper mache, the only limit is your imagination!
- 1 Cup of Plain/All Purpose White Flour
- 1 cup of Water (plus extra for loosening the mixture)
- Mixing Bowl
- Measuring Utensils
Place 1 cup of flour (approximately 128g) and 1 cup of water (250ml) into a mixing bowl and stir until you have a mixture almost similar to pancake mix (not thick and gloopy, but not too watery!). Mix until there are no lumps left.
Cover your bowl in cling wrap to keep it from drying out. Tear up pieces of newspaper or whatever paper you chose (enough for your project) into thin strips…strips about an inch wide work best.
Dip your paper in the mixture making sure to take the excess off, before applying to your project. Layer these up on your project, adding one layer at a time. Make sure you allow each layer to dry properly before starting the next (this is where the cling wrap will help keep your mixture fresher!)
- If applying to a balloon, cover the balloon in petroleum jelly so that it releases easily after.
- Keep some water nearby to loosen the mixture if it starts to thicken.
- Use a paint brush to get rid of any excess mixture after applying each layer.
Will you be trying out our paper mache recipe at home? If so, let us know what you create in the comments below!