- Elmer's Glue-All
- Newspaper strips
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
- 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.)
- Dip the strips into a 50/50 mixture of Glue-All and water.
- 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.
- When thoroughly dry, remove balloon, then paint and add features.
papier mache pulp method
- Small bits of paper are soaked, boiled and strained to form a soft wet pulp.
- Elmer’s Glue-All is added, then mixture is shaped in a mold or over a form or wire screen to dry.