No-Cook Paper Mache Paste Recipe

Playing With Paper Mache Paste

Making paper mache
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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 and some kids ready to dive in. They'll love the goopy texture!


  • Water
  • Flour
  • Bowl
  • Spoon or whisk


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 until it's 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!

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

  1. 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!
  2. 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!

    Try any of these ideas for fabulous craft session with kids!

    Fun Facts

    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.