How to make paper-mache rocks

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How to make paper-mache rocks
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Paper mache is a versatile craft allowing parents and teachers to assist children in making virtually anything. Design possibilities are endless ranging from rocks, volcanoes, animals, people and buildings. Most of the supplies required to make paper mache are found in the home and include newspaper, water and glue. The only downside to making paper mache rocks, or any paper mache craft, is the drying time required to ensure the creation does not fall apart.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Newspaper
  • Paint
  • White glue
  • Water
  • Balloons
  • Bowl
  • Petroleum jelly

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  1. 1

    Blow up several small balloons which will be used to make rocks. Rip strips of newspaper about 1 by 2 inches and set aside. Grease a bowl with petroleum jelly. Grease the balloons and set them in the bowl to assist in assembly. Make the glue mixture by mixing 1/2 cup of glue and 1/2 cup of water.

  2. 2

    Dip newspaper strips into the glue and water mixture for a couple of minutes until well soaked. Remove one at a time and run your fingers down both sides of the strip to remove excess glue. Gently lay the strip around one balloon. Repeat soaking and adhering the strips until each balloon is completely covered. Let the balloons dry overnight.

  3. 3

    Cut a small hole in each balloon creation and pop the balloon and gently pull it out. Cover the hole with strips of newspaper dipped in the glue mixture. Allow the shell to dry. Paint the rock creations when the shells are completely dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Allow the covered balloons to thoroughly dry before moving to the next step.

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