How to Make Paper Mache home step by step

If you like making crafts at home, you will surely go well known paper mache, because with this you'll be able to stick around and it is best that it is very easy to get, so that we explain below how you can do it and how it is applied in various crafts. Then how to make paper mache home step by step.

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How to Make Paper Mache home step by step

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Before explaining how you can make paper mache step by step, you have to know consisting of a paste that can be used for all kinds of crafts, especially children.

What do we need?

In order to get our paper mache, we just need a bit of paper, water and glue, and with it we get that dough that I have mentioned.

With it, we can shape all kinds of figures, sculptures and modeled, the type and masks once it has dried, the result will be that we will become completely hard and the way you have given while you cast.

How is it done?

Basically to make paper mache only we will need some strips of paper, some water and glue or white glue. They get all mixed dough we want to make our craft but also can get other paper mache perhaps more elaborate and obviously better result.

Thus, to make paper mache home step by step, we'll need the following materials.

Materials for home papier-mâché:

  • Flour 125 grams
  • Water 450 ml
  • Salt (4 tablespoons)
  • Newsprint cut strips

Step 1

The first thing to do is grab a bowl that is large enough and threw in salt, this way you avoid mildew appears, when you have done papier-mâché.

Step 2

Now add water followed by the flour and mix with a wooden spoon until we see that we have obtained a smooth paste and without us even a single lump. To guide us we can think about whether or not looks like white tail.

If you see that the dough is too wife, you can add a little water. If instead you notes too liquid, add a little more flour.

Step 3

Now we take a brush or a brush, and we introduced into the mixture of flour and water, newspaper strips. 

We must let soak in the newspaper with the content in the container and depending on what we have to cover with this paste we're doing, we previously painted with the mixture of flour and water so that it is well impregnated with glue.

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step 4

Now we take the structure we want to cover, for example a ball and let pasting strips of paper, besides imbuing everything with the mass created in the bowl. To do well you can help a brush.

We can make a first layer and let it dry to see what the final result.

step 5

Back to cover the structure as we did in the previous step, so that we can apply a second layer of paper and strip of dough.

Depending on the structure in question, we can apply 4 to 5 layers of papier mache, and we decided as a guide but we have to say that the result should be a strong and resilient structure.

step 6

To achieve the best result, You can catch some toilet paper when applying the last two layers, replacing the newspaper.

The end result is thanks to these two layers of toilet paper, much better because not only will be able to get our structure is resistant but also get the end result is white, so that you then will you more easy to paint your craft.

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step 7

By last we can only let dry the structure and it is therefore desirable to spend at least a couple of days.

Final step

Once dry, and would all but if you want to finish it much more &8220; polished&# 8221 ;, can be sanded with fine sandpaper (but not required if you want).

Make a paper mache mask

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With what I just explained, we realize the usefulness of papier-mâché and how ultimately we can use for any type of craft, but the truth is that many people utulizan especially when they want make a mask or for example a carnival mask.

Actually, I will be very simple and can make as follows


  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • A large bowl
  • Strips of newspaper or magazine
  • Vaseline lotion or aloe
  • Yarn or string to tie when you're done

How to do

Mix the flour and water in the container as we did before. Cut strips of newspaper or magazine and letting you add soak in.

So that the mask fits well, you can put yourself strips of paper (on your face or that of the person who will wear the mask), and go sticking to face with the mass formed.

You need placing vertical strips for the nose and face, while the forehead and chin straps need horizontally. Fills the entire face, and &8220; unes&8221; with the mass.

To cover the upper lip area will have to use a thin and strong paper strip. Fold a long strip of paper soaked in half lengthwise. Centrala on the upper lip. Do not worry about how you're going to be the shape of the mouth because it can be cut after the mask dry.

In the nose you must leave room to breathe. To do this, place a strip that is thinner, and to which you can make two holes.

To create a smooth appearance in the final result of the mask placed a layer of thin strips of paper along the entire face.

Let your mask to dry overnight. It may seem quite dry after a few hours, but you really need to spend a night so that the mask is hard.

Once you have your hard mask, you can cut holes for eyes, nose and mouth to form a frown, smile or whatever you want.

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