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How to Make Paper-Mache Paste

Updated April 17, 2017

Making things with paper mache is as creative a craft as it is messy and will work as well for school projects as it will on a rainy afternoon at home with the kids. Paper mache paste is quick and inexpensive to mix, making the craft perfect for a large group. Below are three different formulas for paper mache paste. Once the paste is mixed, dip in torn strips of paper and get creative.

Stir 3 parts white glue to 1 part water together in a mixing bowl for Formula 1. If you are using a thick d├ęcoupage glue, you might need a little extra water. Add 2 tablespoons of salt to the formula to prevent mould.

Mix 1 part flour to 5 parts water together in a saucepan for Formula 2. Boil for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally with a whisk until it thickens. Allow the mixture to cool for 5 minutes. Do not allow this formula to cool too long, or it will harden, but be careful using it while it is hot. Stir 2 tablespoons of salt into the formula to prevent mould.

Blend 1 part flour and 1 part water together in a mixing bowl for Formula 3. This formula forms a thick paste that must be used quickly. Add 2 tablespoons of salt to the formula to prevent mould.

Warning

If you are working in humid conditions, use less water in each of the formulas.

Things You'll Need

  • White glue
  • Water
  • Mixing bowl
  • Salt
  • Bag of flour
  • Saucepan
  • Whisk
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Ryan Spaulding is a college graduate with a bachelor's degree in film and video production and an associate's in journalism. He was a writer and editor for Alpena Community College's monthly newspaper, The Lumberjack. He has also been published in The Alpena News, a daily newspaper.