How to make a dome with paper

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How to make a dome with paper
Use a balloon as a mould for building a papier mache dome. (blue balloon image by Vita Vanaga from

Papier mache is an easy process for making a 3-D shape out of paper. Use a balloon as the mould onto which you shape the paper mache. Covering half of a balloon will yield a dome made out of paper.

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Things you need

  • Newspaper
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Shallow container
  • Spoon
  • Balloon
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Make papier mache paste by mixing equal parts flour and water with a spoon in a shallow container.

  2. 2

    Blow up a balloon and tie the end to secure.

  3. 3

    Tear newspaper into thin strips to use in the papier mache.

  4. 4

    Dip a strip of newspaper into the paste, covering both sides and removing excess paste by scraping the strip against the side of the container.

  5. 5

    Lay strips of the paste-covered newspaper onto the balloon. Repeat until half of the balloon is covered in several layers of papier mache. Let dry.

  6. 6

    Cut away the uncovered side of the balloon, and remove the balloon lining from the inside of the papier mache side. You will have a dome shape remaining.

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