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Make paper mache yourself – instructions + interesting craft suggestions

Paper mache yourself make creative handicraft ideas

For those who like to spend their free time creatively and who like handicrafts, we have a new proposal – do paper mache yourself! The material from scraps of paper is super easy to make yourself, and you can use it to conjure up fascinating decorations, figures and even small sculptures. Crafting with paper mache is also great fun for both children and adults – try our ideas for yourself to see for yourself! We wish you every success and inspiration.

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Making paper mache yourself is really easy and you can use it to make all sorts of beautiful things for your home – the photos in this post could give you some interesting ideas in this regard. The environmentally friendly craft material has been known in Europe since the 15th century and can be made into almost any shape. Also, paper mache is cheap to make – all you need is old paper or cardboard, paste and a little water. Everything is made into a pulp, then shaped and left in a sunny place so that it dries out well. Then the finished paper mache figures can be colored and decorated as desired. The decorative objects, made of paper mache, are very light, but nevertheless particularly stable and hard – almost like wood or plaster! And crafting is sure to be twice as fun if your children take part too. In any case, you have useless scraps of paper at home – so what are you waiting for? Read our guide to making paper mache yourself and start building your ideas!

Make paper mache yourself – necessary materials

Make paper mache yourself. Prepare the necessary materials and paste

Do not confuse handicrafts with paper mache with the cashier technique – in the first case, the scraps of paper are made into a pulp and then worked in thick layers; when laminating, on the other hand, the pieces and strips of paper are glued and glued to one another. If you are doing paper mache yourself, of course, you should first get the materials. For our recipe you need around 125g of normal wallpaper paste – it usually does not contain any toxic substances that make it unsuitable for children. For this amount of paste you need 6L of water, in which you should let it soak according to the instructions on the package. You may also be able to make the paper mache paste yourself. To do this, you will need:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • a bit of salt
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 cups of water

Let the water heat up in a saucepan, add the flour and stir everything well with the whisk. When the mixture comes to a boil, add the cornstarch and a little salt, and keep stirring until you reach a paste-like consistency. Then take the pot off the stove and let the paste cool before using it.

Make paper mache yourself – let the scraps of paper soak

Make paper mache yourself instructions

Next, you should shred up all the old scraps of paper that you have found, such as newspapers, notebooks, napkins, egg cartons, various packaging in small pieces – the children can help you with this task. If you want a great result, use only white paper if possible, which can then be designed in any color.

Make paper mache yourself: mix the ingredients and start tinkering

Make paper mache yourself how to do it

Make paper mache yourself, make great figures

Put the pieces of paper in a large enough container – for example a bucket or a plastic sink – and pour warm water over them. It is best to let the paper soak overnight. The next day you should mix the paper pulp with the paste and stir everything very well until a relatively smooth, viscous mass is formed. If necessary, you can add a little more flour – the resulting mass should neither crumble nor melt. When you’re done, you can put the paper mache in baking tins to make interesting decorations. Let the mass dry out completely at room temperature: when you notice that the surface is dry on all sides, you can remove the baking pan and color the figure as you like.