Create Homemade Paper Mache

Use simple household to ingredients to make homemade paper and art projects using papier-mâché. This article will show you how to make several kinds of paper mache so you or your children can create many craft items like boxes or masks. Te first step is to mix your very own papier mache glue or paste.

No-Cook and Cooked Paper Mache

This easy recipe is very simple to make, completely non-toxic, and inexpensive. The formula is simple:

  • 1 part flour
  • 1 part water

Stir very well until the mixture forms a thin paste. Use a whisk to remove the lumps and, if available, use a submersible blender. If the smell of the glue is not to your liking, you may add a little cinnamon. If you live in an area with high humidity, you can add several tablespoons of salt to the mixture in order to stabilize it.

For the cooked version of papier mache, use:

  • 1 part flour
  • 5 parts water

Follow the directions exactly as above, but instead mix 1 part warm water with 1 part flour while boiling 4 parts water. When the water is boiling, slowly add the flour mixture to it, whisking it together. Cook the mixture for 3 minutes.

Resin Paper Mache

Unfortunately, this recipe requires a lot of clean-up, but it is the best for work that requires intricate details. Ingredients include:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 cups water
  • ½ cup resin glue powder

First, place 3 cups of water in a pot to boil. While you wait, mix the flour and resin glue powder together. Once it is fully mixed, warm up the remaining cup of water and slowly add it to the flour and resin. Add this mixture to the boiling water and mix thoroughly. Allow to cook for about 3 minutes until the mixture is translucent and smooth.

Pulp Paper Mache

This recipe is great for projects that require finer details.

  • Glue
  • Water
  • Newspaper
  • Salt

Shred the newspaper into small pieces and place them in a large bowl. Add enough warm water to cover the paper and allow it to soak overnight. Dig your fingers into the paper and break it up until it resembles oatmeal. Once you have it as smooth as possible, add salt and mix again, and then try to squeeze out the excess water. You can also do this with cardboard egg cartons if you are pressed for time. If you are an avid recycler, you can even use dryer lint instead of newspaper.