How to make paper mache (papier-mâché)

Papier-mâché, or what's more commonly searched for as paper mache, is the perfect activity for kids. Discover our winning recipe, step-by-step guide and easy video to make your project a breeze...

How to make paper mache

Roll up your sleeves and get stuck in... 

MAKES 1 BIG BATCH

  • An old newspaper, comics or magazines
  • 1 level mug of plain flour
  • 1 level mug of warm water, plus extra tap water for loosening

TAKES 10 MINUTES

1. Tear or cut strips or little squares from your newspaper, comics or magazines according to the project you're working on. Do this first before you make the paste so that the paste doesn’t set while you’re cutting paper.

2. Stir together the flour and warm water in a large mixing bowl until well combined. Add extra tap water a little at a time to loosen. You want a smooth, batter-like paste with no lumps. You can sift the flour first for a super smooth finish.

3. Cover your work area in more old newspaper. Dip the paper strips in the paste, wipe off the excess on the side of the bowl and stick onto your project. Use a paint brush to smooth down the paper and remove any air bubbles or excess paste. Repeat to cover and leave to dry before adding further layers. In our video we made a comic-covered tin to use as a pot for storing kids’ cutlery and covered a balloon to paint and turn into a face, globe - or anything else you dream up.

Like this? Try making playdough.

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