Posted Feb 08, 2016 by Elmers
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    How do I make Papier Mache?

    Bring shapes, scenes and animals to life with easy-to-make papier mache.
    • Moderate

    Supplies Needed

    • Elmer's Glue-All
    • Balloon
    • Newspaper strips
    • scissors
    • Water
    • Paintbrush
    • Paint


    You can alternate black and white newspaper with colored comic pages to see which layer you are working on.


    You’ll mix equal parts of Elmer’s Glue-All and water together. Here are two of our favorite methods:

    papier mache layering method

    1. Start with a solid object or an inflated balloon and wrap it with layers of newspaper strips coated with glue. (Use wet, unglued strips for the first layer.)
    2. Dip the strips into a 50/50 mixture of Glue-All and water.
    3. Pull each strip between fingers to squeeze out excess water or brush a thicker mixture on one side of the strip. Build up four or more layers by alternating layers crosswise and up and down.
    4. When thoroughly dry, remove balloon, then paint and add features.

    papier mache pulp method

    1. Small bits of paper are soaked, boiled and strained to form a soft wet pulp.
    2. Elmer’s Glue-All is added, then mixture is shaped in a mold or over a form or wire screen to dry.


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