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Paper Mache Houses

paper mache ideas for kidsEmpty Goldfish cracker boxes (used for our snacks) were the starting point for a paper mache project for kids.
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 the box.
CLASS TWO: Another layer of paper mache and newspaper were applied.
CLASS THREE: A layer of paper mache and paper towels were applied all over the box and a cut out cardboard roof. Leaving the roof to dry on the wet house made them stick together.
CLASS FOUR: A background paint was applied to all.
CLASS FIVE: Details were added in paint (windows, flowers, etc.)
CLASS SIX: A shiny finish was added. I tried out  “Collage Pauge” and liked it as I’ve found Mod Podge to sometimes leave a cloudy finish, which is a bummer after weeks of working on a project.

Paper Mache Recipe
1 cups all-purpose flour
4 cups cold water
4 cups boiling water
1/2 cup sugar
In a bowl, combine the flour and cold water. Add to the saucepan of boiling water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar. Let it cool and thicken before using.