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Illustrated Craft Tutorial - Paper Maché 3-D Wall Decoration

Paper maché is easy (and messy!) but is a lot of fun. This inexpensive technique will enable you to create just about anything by using basic things you may already have around the home. This tutorial will show you how to create 3-D wall decorations by just using cardboard boxes, newspaper and wallpaper glue. Before you start, prepare your wallpaper glue according to the manufacturer’s instructions and set aside. Make sure your table is covered with newspapers or a plastic table cloth.



Paper Maché Tutorial 1

1. Print out your pattern on paper and glue the sheet then to a cardboard box side. This tutorial demonstrates a fish but you can use any shape you like. Cut out the fish once the glue is dry.

Paper Maché Tutorial 3

2. Wad half sheets of newspaper into balls and adhere them to the fish.

Paper Maché Tutorial 2

3. This is now how the fish looks.

Paper Maché Tutorial 4

4. Now you will want to tear about 20-30 pieces of about 2.5-3 cm wide (1 inch wide) strips of newspaper (about 15 cm or 6 inches long). Take the first strip and dip it into the prepared wallpaper glue. Now place the strip over the newspaper wads to cover them. Make sure that the strips also cover the side of the fish and end on the backside. Continue adding strips of newspaper until the entire fish is covered. Let the fish completely dry. This may need a few days, depending on how high the humidity and temperatures in your area are. Once dry, the fish is very light weight.

Paper Maché Tutorial 5

5. Paint the entire dried fish white. This will add brilliance to the colors you add afterwards. If kids are making this project, they will want to paint their fish with tempera paints or acrylic paints.

This project also looks great if decorated with paper napkins. The following steps explain how to do so.

Paper Maché Tutorial 6

6. Select a paper napkin with a colorful motif. Remove all but the top layer and discard the bottom layers. Tear the top layer into about 2.5 - 3 cm pieces (1 inch pieces).

Paper Maché Tutorial 7

7. Dip your paintbrush into the paper napkin applique glue. Brush glue onto the fish and adhere the first torn paper napkin piece over the glue. Brush more glue over the paper napkin piece to seal it.

Paper Maché Tutorial 8

8. Continue by adding the next paper napkin pieces. Always slightly overlap the pieecs when adding new ones. Continue until the entire front and side of the fish is completely covered. Let dry. Glue on a glass nugget for the fish eye if desired. Add a hanger to the backside of the fish for hanging.




Paper Maché Fish
Paper Maché Fish Project
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