Easy Paper Mache Bowls

Here are our paper mache bowls, made with the help of dollar store colanders. I love how the inside is nice and smooth, no matter how “unsmooth” the outside might be. I had students ages 5 to 9 in this class, and they all pretty much look the same. MATERIALS • Colander from the Dollar Store, one per student • Newspaper, torn to small strips • Paper towels, cut to small strips • Paper … Read More

Paper Mache Bowls and Colanders

I’m happy to have found the perfect form for my Paper Mache Bowl class. The dollar store came through again with super cheap colanders. Their built in holes are perfect for helping the mache to dry. My sample bowl here has just a couple of layers. Students will spend another two classes adding more layers so their bowls with be nice and strong. MATERIALS • Paper Mache • Newspaper • Colander • Masking tape, … Read More

Paper Mache Cardboard Letters

You can make your own paper mache cardboard letters and help recycle some trash at the same time. No need to buy those expensive premade ones from the store, homemade is so much better. MATERIALS • Corrugated cardboard, about two 12″ squares for each letter • Styrofoam cups • White glue • Masking tape • Paper mache • Acrylic paint DIRECTIONS PREP: Prepare mache, see recipe below. 1. My son’s letter is about 9″ … Read More

Paper Mache Leaves from Germany

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Wow, look what was just shared with me! An amazing artist from Germany took my very ordinary post about paper mache tiles and turned it into this exquisite work art ! Her instructions are in German, but the photos are so descriptive that I don’t think words are really necessary. Go see for yourself, and then look at all her paper mache work. It’s amazing! • Paper Mache Leaves Post   Save Save

Instant Paper Mache Tiles

Years ago I bought a huge supply of instant paper mache, thinking it was going to be my quick answer for 3D work. Well, I have since tried using it in all kinds of ways, and it was always just too mushy for most kids to make anything even recognizable. Finally, this option that was a last minute idea turned out pretty darn well. Students from K – 4 used it to form a … Read More

Paper Mache Cartons, Painting Day

These beautiful cartons started off as old plastic Model Magic containers two weeks ago. After two layers of paper mache, they were ready for some paint. I encouraged students to paint a solid background, and then add decorations on top. Next week they will add more lines with paint markers, and finally some Mod Podge to protect and add shine.

Paper Mache Owl

My favorite purchase during a trip to Haiti was this paper mache owl (top right) that I’m told is painted with voodoo patterns. While I love the detail of it, I decided to see if I could make my own version, one that didn’t require the level of painting skill that the original artist obviously had. MATERIALS • Old soup can • Brown paper, such as brown grocery bags • Corrugated cardboard • Paper … Read More

Pumpkin Art Made from Trash

This pumpkin art truly turns trash into something beautiful. Use old bags for the soft inside, rubber bands to make the dents, and mache to make a smooth surface. MATERIALS • About 40 plastic grocery bags • Saran wrap • Three 3″ rubber bands • Newspaper and paper towel • Paper mache • Orange acrylic paint • Orange glitter paint • Green acrylic paint DIRECTIONS 1. Collect about 40 plastic bags and loosely stuff … Read More

Paper Mache Crayon

 The crayons are done! If you have been following me on Instagram, I’ve been posting progress over the past 4 weeks. I must admit that I like these a lot now that they are complete. The shiny black duct tape adds a look of precision, even if the painting is a little wobbly. PREP WORK: Tape both mailing tube plastic caps to the outside of a 36″ tube. Cut half circles out of old … Read More

Soup Can Paper Mache Owl

My favorite purchase during a trip to Haiti was this paper mache owl (top right) that I’m told is painted with voodoo patterns. While I love the detail of it, I decided to see if I could make my own version, one that didn’t require the level of painting skill that the original artist obviously had. MATERIALS • Old soup can • Brown paper, such as brown grocery bags • Corrugated cardboard • Paper … Read More

Coffee Can Totem Pole

This was my solution to finish off my coffee can totem pole project, going with the kind of “wooden” look that kraft paper does so well. MATERIALS Jumbo Coffee Cans, about 8 for each pole Duct tape Brown packing paper Paper mache Sharpie marker Tempera paint, black DIRECTIONS Tape together about 8 jumbo sized coffee cans with heavy tape for each totem pole. Students tear up brown packing paper and mache it onto the … Read More

3D Paper Mache Letter

If you like those cool 3D paper mache letters seen at Pottery Barn, but not crazy about the price, make your own. With a little cardboard, cups and paper mache you can create your own and recycle some materials too. MATERIALS • Corrugated cardboard, about two 12″ squares for each letter • Styrofoam cups • White glue • Masking tape • Paper mache • Acrylic paint DIRECTIONS PREP: Prepare mache, see recipe below. 1. … Read More

Paper Mache Houses

Here’s a recycling paper mache project idea turned out really well last month. Empty Goldfish cracker boxes (used for our snack) were the starting point to make these little houses. PREP WORK: I taped a folded piece of cardboard over the top, just long enough meet each edge. This made a roof-like slope, and hid the folded tab of the package. CLASS ONE: One layer of paper mache and newspaper was applied all over … Read More

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