Using these step-by-step directions, discover how easy it is to create amazing paper mache works of art.
What You Need to Get Started
Here's How to Paper Mache
- Start by deciding what you want to make. The possibilities are almost limitless with paper mache. Two of the more popular items to make are a pinata and volcano. When you know what you want to make, then create the base or form for your project.
- Once your base is ready, you should prepare your paste. Browse through this collection of paper mache paste options and choose the one that works best for your project.
- When your base and glue is ready, you will need to tear newspaper into strips. The length of your strips may vary depending on the size of your project; however, you will want your strips to be about 1- to 2-inches wide.
- Dip one piece of newspaper at a time into the paper mache paste. You want the newspaper strip to be saturated.
- Hold the saturated strip over the paste bowl and run it through your fingers to squeeze off any excess paste.
- Stick the newspaper strip over your form and smooth it down with your fingers.
- Completely cover your form with a layer of the saturated newspaper strips. They should all be over-lapping and running in different directions.
- After one layer is applied, let it dry completely. This can take up to 24 hours.
- Once the first layer is dry, apply a second layer of newspaper strips and let it dry completely.
- Repeat this process until you get the desired look, but you should have at least three layers of newspaper strips. Again, let each layer dry completely.
- If you want to add smaller details to your project, you can use a pulp recipe. This pulp can be used like clay.
- Once all of the paper mache layers are applied and dried, you are ready to paint, decorate, and proudly display your work of art.
- Tear the newspaper into strips—do not cut it. Torn strips lay smoother.
- Be generous when dipping the newspaper strips into the paste—you want each piece thoroughly saturated.
- Let each layer dry completely before adding another.