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Papier Mache Pen Holder
May 30th, 2010 by Craftylocks

papier-mache_holder3Use this craft to recycle your old paper into something new.

Papier Mache is one of the most versatile recycling paper crafts for children and for grown-ups – you can make just about anything. I have even seen furniture referenced in papier mache books I have read, but we keep to smaller, faster items.

Before we made this pencil holder for my daughters school desk we had an empty tin and a pile of newspapers. We made some papier mache pulp – instructions on how to make the pulp here. We taped on some pointy shapes at the top and then we covered it with the papier mache pulp. As the pulp dried it shrunk and curled the pointy bits back a bit which we thought looked really good. We painted it with some bold stripes but thought it needed something else and added the jewels – a very regal result!

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If you want to learn some more about Papier Mache, you may want to read my article – ‘What is Papier Mache?

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Papier Mache Pulp Tutorial
Apr 26th, 2010 by Craftylocks

All you need for this super cheap craft is newspaper, wallpaper paste or white glue, scrap cardboard and some paints.

papier-mache1 Fill a bowl or bucket with torn bits of newspaper. Cover the paper with warm water and leave to soak for 24 hours.
papier-mache21 Pour off the water and slowly mix in wallpaper paste or white glue until the mixture feels like dough or soft clay. It is now ready to use.
card-shapes-fish To make a small shape like a fridge magnet or brooch, cut a shape out of cardboard.
papier-mache3 Shape the pulp onto the cardboard.
papier-mache4-fish Leave the shapes to dry. Depending how thick the pulp is, this can take a few days.
papier-mache6 Paint a layer of white paint onto the shapes to make a plain background.
papier-mache fish-magnets1 Finish with lots of bright paints and fun designs.

Download the printable version of the worksheet – PDF Worksheet – Papier Mache Pulp

For more information about Papier Mache, check out my What is Papier Mache? article.

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Papier Mache Fridge Magnets
Apr 25th, 2010 by Craftylocks

papier-mache-fish3Great gift for children to make Рrecycles  materials so nothing to buy!

A gorgeous gift that recycles materials from home – and the little fish are useful too, for holding up notes and children’s artwork on the fridge door! All you need is newspaper, some bits of card – from old cereal boxes are fine, paints, glue and those free promotional fridge magnets some businesses give away.

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First make a paper pulp by soaking torn newspaper for a day, then drain the water and add some wallpaper paste. Mold the pulp onto some cardboard shapes and then once they are nice and dry, paint them! Glue magnets on to the back and then you can admire them on your fridge. It takes a few days with the soaking and drying, but lots of fun.

papier-mache2So much fun that I am making all sorts of  papier mache things Рbeads, brooches, pencil holder, crown, fish wall hangings, and I still have pulp left! I ended up with a lot of pulp as I was mixing in the paste while cooking dinner and answering questions about how to spell words Рso slightly distracted I neglected to drain the water before adding the paste. Never one to waste soaked newspaper I kept adding paper napkins to soak up the extra liquid Рand adding, and adding, and adding. Great though, we get to have a lot more papier mache fun!And if you ever find yourself with extra papier mache left over Рpop some plastic wrap over it and store it in the fridge.

Now if I can just find a spot amongst all the drying sculptures I might be able to read the newspaper – before tearing it up to make some more!!

I have now made a Papier Mache Pulp Tutorial.

For more information about Papier Mache, check out my What is Papier Mache? article.

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Papier Mache Egg
Mar 30th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Beautiful container for Easter treasures.

papier-mache_egg_bowOn one of the forums I contribute to I was asked about making a papier mache egg with an opening – so I set to experimenting!

I tried a few things that did not work, like an inside lip to hold the egg shut – I made it too rigid and it pushed it out of shape. I also found that as I am not so great on the accuracy side that my two halves did not meet nicely – I solved that by adding a small outside lip to hide the uneven edges. This also holds the two halves in place nicely.

I am really pleased with the process I worked out and with the final result. It is lined with tulle to make a snuggly place for treasures and treats. I also love that it is one of those paper crafts that children and adults enjoy to do.
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To find out how I made it check out the Papier Mache Layers Egg Tutorial, or the printable version of the worksheet – PDF Worksheet – Papier Mache Layers Egg.

I have more ideas to help you craft your way to Easter – Easter Paper Crafts for Children.

For more information about Papier Mache, check out my What is Papier Mache? article.

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Papier Mache Layers Tutorial
Mar 30th, 2010 by Craftylocks

For this paper craft you need two bowls, cling-film, newspaper, white paper, tissue paper and paste. For this egg example of a papier mache construction you will also need ribbon.

paper-egg1 The two small bowls need to have the same size opening, alternatively you can use just one bowl and make one half first and the second half later. Cover the bowls with cling-film.
paper-egg2 Glue strips of newspaper onto the bowl and leave to dry. When it is dry carefully remove the bowl and cling-film and leave it to dry on the inside as well.
paper-egg3 Add a layer of white paper so that no newsprint will show through the final tissue paper layer.
paper-egg4 Use layers of strong packing tape to make a hinge to join the two halves of the construction which in this case will be an egg.
paper-egg5 I suggest making a small lip on the outside of one half so that it fits a tiny bit over the other half – this helps hold it together. Finish the outside with a layer of torn tissue paper.
papier-mache_egg_bow1 Glue a ribbon to the bottom so that the egg can be kept closed with a bow.

Download the printable version of the worksheet – PDF Worksheet – Papier Mache Layers Egg.

For more information about Papier Mache, check out my What is Papier Mache? article.

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