Traditional methods for making paper mache usually involve boiling water, glue and newspaper. Not only can this be dangerous for young children to try, the newspaper ink usually stains your pots! Thankfully, there are much easier ways to go about making paper mache paste. This is definitely the easiest paper mache paste recipe you can make. It's simple, non-toxic and inexpensive. All you need are a few supplies that you probably already have around the house and some kids ready to dive in.
They'll love the goopy texture, and you'll love the easy cleanup!
- Spoon or whisk
Instructions for Making Paper Mache Glue
To make this paste, simply mix together one part flour to two parts water. Pour the flour and water in a large bowl and stir it well. You want the mixture to be thin. It should be kind of like the consistency of pancake batter. Keep mixing until there are very few lumps left. Use a whisk to remove the lumps or a hand-held blender. You want it to be runny like a white glue, not thick like paste. Add more water or flour as necessary.
- If you live in an area with high humidity, add a few tablespoons of salt to help prevent mold.
- If you don't like the smell of the glue mixture, add a few sprinkles of cinnamon to sweeten it up!
- Though it's uncommon some people with sensitive skin may have an allergic reaction to the flour mixture, most commonly a rash. If your child has very sensitive skin a pair of rubber gloves is all you need to protect them.
- If you're not planning on painting your project, you can always add a few drops of food coloring to the glue to give it some color. Just be aware that food coloring is known to stain fabrics, so you'll want to keep it off your clothes and furniture.
You can store this glue in a covered bowl or jar in the refrigerator for a few days.
Fun Ways to Play with Paper Mache
- Paper Mache Pinata: This would be such a fun project to make for any party! Make your paper mache pinata, let it dry, and fill it with candy.
- Paper Mache Globe: Cover a balloon with this paper mache mix and let it dry. Once it's dry, pop the balloon, and it's ready to paint. Paint it with blue and green to represent Mother Earth!
- Paper Mache Mask: With the help of a little vaseline you can turn Halloween into craft central! This is a fun project that can liven up any game of make believe.
Try any of these ideas for fabulous craft session with kids!
Paper mache in French means "chewed paper." In ancient Egypt, coffins and death masks were often made from cartonnage, a type of paper mache. And as early as 1540, paper mache was used to make doll heads.