While I think the no-cook paste recipe is the easiest to make and use, this one only takes a little more effort. I would suggest using it if you need your finished paper mache project to be a little on the stronger side. The consistency will also be a little smoother than the no cook paste.
How to Make Cooked Paper Mache Paste
To make this paper mache paste, you need 1 part flour to about 5 parts water.
Start out by putting 4 parts water into a pot on the stove and bring it to a boil. While you are waiting for it to boil, mix 1 part flour to 1 part warm water. Beat this mixture briskly to remove lumps.
Once your pot of water is boiling, slowly stir in the water and flour mixture. Mix well and let it boil for 2 - 3 minutes. It should be smooth and have the constancy of thick glue. If necessary, you can add more water or flour in small amounts until you get the desired consistency. If you live in a humid climate, you can add a tablespoon or two of salt to your paste mixture. The salt helps prevent mold.
Make sure you store this glue in the refrigerator if it will take you more than 1 day to finish your project.
Projects to make with paper mache paste:
- Beads - mix up the paste and form it into small quarter size balls. Using a toothpick, press it through each of the balls all the way through. You can leave the ball in a circle shape for a bead, or while the toothpick is through the ball, shape it into a square with flat sides or into an oval. Let the paste dry and you've got a whole new set of beads to thread! Make a necklace, keychain, or bracelet!
- Bowls - mix up your paste and add a little to the inside of a bowl. Form it all the way inside the bowl on every side. This would work with any size bowl or shape bowl. A fun bowl to use is a jello mold, one with zig-zags or wavy sides. Let the paste dry and you're set!