Paper Mache Sculpture
Paper Mache likely reminds you of Pinatas or objects you made in elementary school. That is my first recall about what Paper Mache was all about. Paper Mache goes way beyond the pinata and cut little ornaments, it is a whole world of art and sculpture. There are amazing works of art on display in many museums. If you have a chance, take some time to go and see some of the displays.
Paper Mache has been around for a very long time, as long as there was newsprint and glue! It is not just a kids craft, it is ideal for those who love to sculpt using re-cycled materials or create objects with the paper mache pulp.
Quick Links to Information in this Post
- Materials and Tools
- 3 Paper Mache Projects Just For You
- Reading Resources
- Videos On Paper Mache
- Downloadable Resources
Here’s what you need to make your own Paper Mache Sculpture. This post does contain some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure policy.
I have found some absolutely amazing pieces on Pinterest! I have a whole board just dedicated to Paper Mache!
Here are some images I would love to share with you before we start working on our own projects!
Materials and Tools
- Newspaper cut or torn into strips (you will need lots of these so a few days worth of old newspapers (or magazines) will work perfectly well.
- Masking tape (you can use other tapes) to tack your project together before applying the paper mache.
- Glue – you will be making a glue mixture so that you use 2 parts of glue to 1 part of water. (For
example:1 cup of glue and 1/2 cup of water). Strong bonding glue requires half glue and half water, so it depends on what you have in the house.
- Flour and water – Flour
ismixed 1 part flour to 1 part water. If your project is large enough you could consider 1 part flour and 1 part glue.
- Wallpaper paste – 2 parts wallpaper paste to 1 part water – this mixture is great for projects that will last a long time.
- pipe cleaners,
- paper plates,
- toilet rolls,
- plastic or disposable cups, plastic
- utensils, and
- cardboard for making shapes.
3 Paper Mache Projects Just For You
You will find the template for each of these projects in our Resource Library. To access the library just click on the link to get you going. If you are already a subscriber, you will find the password at the end of each email I send and at the bottom of all my articles.
Project #1 – Giant Letters
Project #2 – Hanging Birds Nest
Project #3 – Bracelets
Videos On Paper Mache
How to Mix Your Base Glue
Applying Strips of Paper
Creating Your Project
Paper Mache Sculpture: Last Word
Did you try our paper mache project? I know it was a lot of fun, especially when you can use objects around the house as parts of the design. I know I was surprised at using crayons, paper clips, and packing materials as the base for my project.
If you completed your project, do share it with me in the comments or on our Facebook page, I love the see what others are doing!
PS the password for the resource library is love