Starting Paper Mache Ice Cream Cones

Time for one last paper mache project after school. Here’s a photo that explains how these ice cream cones are started. The flower pots from Michaels (about $1) offer a great heavy base so tall cones don’t fall over. Aluminum foil sheets are wrapped (about 5 per scoop) to make balls that can be stacked as … Read More

Paper Mache Owl

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I have to say that new art products available today sometimes make all the difference. These owls were decorated with poster markers and they just kind of came to life in little hands. Detailed eyes, feathers, patterns and more kept the kids engaged in their creations much longer than usual. Here’s an overview of the four … Read More

Plastic Bag Paper Mache Pumpkin

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This pumpkin is made from about 40 plastic grocery bags, some Saran wrap, 3 rubber bands, newspaper, paper towel and mache, topped off with a beautiful new orange glitter paint I found at Jo-Ann Fabrics. I’m so excited to have found this beautiful way to recycle plastic grocery bags. Plastic Bag Pumpkin Tutorial 1. Collect about … Read More

A Glossy Finish

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I learned long ago the value of adding a final gloss to paper mache projects, it makes everything look good. I’ve tried sprays and brush on mediums, but my favorite is a rather new one called Collage Pauge. This is not a paid endorsement, I just think the product does a great job. It is safe, … Read More

3D Paper Mache Letter

If you like those cool Pottery Barn letters but not the price, make your own. 1. My son’s letter is about 9″ tall. Start by drawing a big block letter on corrugated cardboard and cut out. Trace a second letter and cut it out also. 2. Get some styrofoam or similar cups and cut at least … Read More

Plastic Bag Mache Pumpkin

This pumpkin is made from about 40 plastic grocery bags, some Saran wrap, 3 rubber bands, newspaper, paper towel and mache, topped off with a beautiful new orange glitter paint I found at Jo-Ann Fabrics. I’m so excited to have found this beautiful way to recycle plastic grocery bags. Plastic Bag Pumpkin Tutorial 1. Collect about … Read More

Paper Mache Bowl

Paper-mache projects can work really well with any upcoming Earth Day themes. My favorite recipe for the mache is included below. 1. Tape a balloon to a heavy bowl so that is doesn’t move. Apply strips of newspaper covered in mache in both directions. Apply 2 – 3 layers. Allow to dry for several days. 2. … Read More

Giant Paper Mache Numbers – Painted

Here’s the follow up to my “Giant Paper Mache Numbers” project, all painted and ready for a culmination ceremony tomorrow. I finished putting one layer of mache on all the numbers, painted them with a flat black interior paint, and then let the students take turns dripping on my leftover acrylic paint. I couldn’t be happier … Read More

Paper Mache Bowl, Part 1

My current afterschool paper mache project is turning out to be one of my most reliable, ye olde balloon and mache combination. I posted this project a while back, but without illustrations. Tomorrow is paint day so I’ll be showing off the results. SESSION ONE: I started each student off with a 12″ balloon and a cut-off grocery box … Read More

Mache Pumpkin from Plastic Bags

This pumpkin is made from about 40 plastic grocery bags, some Saran wrap, 3 rubber bands, newspaper, paper towel and mache, topped off with a beautiful new orange glitter paint I found at Jo-Ann Fabrics. I’m so excited to have found this beautiful way to recycle plastic grocery bags. Plastic Bag Pumpkin Tutorial 1. Collect about … Read More