What are the 4 steps to paper mache?


  1. Prepare the Paste. Decide what type of paper mache paste works best for your project, then prepare it.
  2. Tear the Newspaper. Rip the newspaper into strips—do not cut it.
  3. Dip the Newspaper. Dip one piece of newspaper at a time into the paper mache paste.
  4. Apply to the Form.
  5. Repeat the Process.
  6. Decorate the Art.

What is the ratio for paper mache?

Mix 1 part PVA craft glue with 2 parts water to make your paper mache paste. You don’t need to be super accurate – there is no need to measure out your ingredients, it is fine to approximate this by eye. But a ratio of 2 parts water to 1 part PVA glue is a good rule of thumb.

What do you use to seal paper mache?

The torn paper lays better on a paper mache creation. To help your creation last longer, seal it with varnish or acrylic sealing spray when you’re done painting it. For a natural look, use brown paper towels for the final layer of your creation.

Do you need newspaper for paper mache?

So do you have to use newspaper for paper mache? The short answer is no, you don´t need to use Newspaper. You can use pretty much any paper you want, as long as it absorbs the glue mixture well enough. Most people use newspaper because it is inexpensive and you need a lot of paper for a paper mache project.

How many layers should you put on paper mache?

Normally three to four Layers of paper mache is enough for the walls to support themselves. If you want to make something, that is bigger and more complex, like a mask for example. I would suggest using around fifteen layers.

What happens if paper mache gets wet?

Moisture from the rain or accidental water slips can cause mold that destroys the paper mache structure and can become a safety hazard if you’re leaving it inside your house.

What materials do you need to make paper mache?

Paper mache (papier-mâché in French) is material consisting of paper/pulp combined with a glue/paste. There are several different recipes for the paste and pulp used in paper mache. Paper mache paste mix can be purchased, or made with starch, flour & water, or a mixture of wood glue and water.

How do you make strong paper mache?

lay down a few newspapers or

  • but each project requires different shapes and sizes.
  • Choose your method to make papier mâché.
  • What is used to make paper mache?

    Torn strips of thin paper or newsprint are used to make paper mache crafts that need to be hollow. This is the most commonly used paper mache technique, which combines long strips of paper with glue and water. Strips are applied to an existing surface, like a balloon, cardboard box, or other item.

    Can you use normal paper for paper mache?

    Depends on the type of paper mache you want. If you are using strips, any paper will work. If you need strength, more layers or stronger paper (like cotton rather than wood fibers) or even cloth can be used. You can pulp the paper to make something more like clay, but it takes a while to mash down and then to dry.