Paper Mache for Small Projects
Creating paper mache projects is not only fun for the kids, but for adults as well. For small projects, wallpaper glue makes an excellent paper mache glue. It is easy to mix together (mix about 1 part wallpaper glue to 3 parts water). You do not have to use it all up right away as it keeps well for days if kept in a closed container such as a plastic bowl with lid. It is recommended to cover your working area with a plastic table cloth or a large trash bag, as it can get messy. To get started, you will need newspaper torn into strips and your wallpaper glue. Now you will need to decide what you like to do. If you would like to make a mask or maybe an Easter basket, you will need also a balloon. If you want to use, for example, a plastic butter bowl to create a paper mache bowl, you will need the butter bowl and plastic wrap. Before covering the bowl with the strips, you will first wrap the outside and the outer rim with plastic wrap, which will make removing the bowl easier once the paper mache is dry. To cover your item, take a strip of newspaper and dip it into the glue. Remove excess glue by gliding your fingers down the strip and then adhere the strip to the item. You will continue in this manner by adding more strips and overlapping them as you go. You will need about 3 layers on your item and then you will let it dry overnight. The next day, add one layer of white paper strips and let it again dry. White paper is helpful later when you want to paint the item.
Paper Maché Fish
Here you will find the finished paper maché fish (the fish from the picture above) and the instructions on how to make it.
Make your own glitter glue:
You need: School glue, an empty squeeze bottle (like a glue bottle) and glitter.
Fill your empty bottle about half full with glue. You simply add glitter to the glue in the bottle in the amount you choose. You may wish to enlarge the hole on your squeeze bottle if the glitter blocks up the opening. Apply it to your project. If you would like, sprinkle glitter over the still wet glue on your project for a more glitzy look. Allow your project to then dry for around 24 hours.
How to make Snow Paint or Textured Snow:
You need: white acrylic paint, sand and craft glue
Mix 4 parts white paint, 7 parts sand and 1 part craft glue in a cleaned jelly jar or other jar of choice.
The mixture is thick. You can increase/ decrease the thickness by adding or reducing the amount of sand in your recipe. Apply with a flat paint brush or a small spatula on your item. The paint will need to dry overnight.
This is great for giving a winter effect on your Christmas crafts. This Clay Pot Snowman is an example how the paint can be used.
How to make Textured Color Paint:
Follow the instructions above for the snow paint but use colored paint instead of white paint.