No-Cook Paper-Mache Paste Recipe

how to make no-cook paper mache paste

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Traditional methods for making paper-mache involve boiling water, glue, and newspaper. Not only can this be dangerous for young children, the newspaper ink usually stains your pots. Thankfully, there are much easier ways to go about making a paper-mache paste.

This is definitely the easiest paper-mache paste recipe you can make. It is simple, non-toxic, and inexpensive; plus, you only need a few supplies, most of which you probably already have around the house. When you are ready, grab the kids, and dive in. It is a fun project, and they will love the goopy texture. Better yet, you will love the easy cleanup.

Supplies Needed

  • Water
  • Flour
  • Bowl
  • Spoon or whisk

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Steps to Make Paper-Mache Glue

To make this paste, you will need one part flour to two parts water. Make as much paste as you need for the project. If you need more, it is rather quick to mix up another batch.

  1. Pour the flour and water in a large bowl and stir it well. You want the mixture to be thin with a consistency similar to pancake batter.
  2. Keep mixing until there are very few lumps left.
  3. Use a whisk or a hand-held blender to remove any remaining lumps. 
  4. Add more water or flour as necessary until the mix is runny like white glue, not thick like a paste. 

Store this glue in a covered bowl or jar in the refrigerator for a few days.


  • If you don't like the smell of the glue mixture, add a pinch of cinnamon for fragrance.
  • Add a few drops of food coloring to the glue, if necessary, but use care as food coloring can stain fabric.
  • If you live in an area with high humidity, add a few tablespoons of salt to prevent mold.
  • Though it is uncommon, some people with sensitive skin may have an allergic reaction to the flour mixture. A mild rash is the most common reaction. If your child has very sensitive skin, a pair of rubber gloves will protect them.

Fun Ways to Play With Paper-Mache

Now that you know how to make the glue, you need a fun project to create with it. Paper-mache can be used for a variety of craft projects, so let your imagination run wild. Get started with these ideas:

  • Paper-mache pinata: Make this project for any party, especially birthdays. Put together the paper-mache pinata, let it dry, and then fill it with candy.
  • Paper-mache globe: Cover a balloon with this paper-mache mix and let it dry. Once dry, pop the balloon, and it is ready to paint with blue and green to represent the Earth. It can even be incorporated into a science fair project and used to represent other planets.
  • Paper-mache volcano: Use your new paper-mache skills to make your very own volcano. With a few common household items like vinegar and food coloring, you can make it erupt with red lava.
  • Paper-mache spiders: While you are getting all crafty for that Halloween party, create your own family of spiders. The technique is similar to the globe.
  • Paper-mache bowls: Whether you cannot get enough of paper-mache or have leftover paste from another project, paper-mache bowls are an easy option. It's a useful craft that can hold all your trinkets and be painted in many fun ways.