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...

Two kids making paper mache

Makes 1 big batch
Prep 10 minutes

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


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 paintbrush 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.

For inspiration, visit our friends at 5 Minute Fun and discover 5 easy papier-mâché makes.

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Paul Goodliffe
16th Sep, 2019
I dunno, I found this quite tasty. I made doughnuts, and best of all - they're sugar free and vegan friendly :-)
2nd Jul, 2019
Impressive copy cat recipe of a Rustlers burger, without all the preservatives and plastic.
29th Mar, 2019
The taste was very disappointing and the texture was horrid. l. So much for BBC's "good" food, I strongly suggest you find a better recipe.
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