How to make paper mache dry faster

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How to make paper mache dry faster
Paper mache art projects need to dry before they can be painted. (Getty Creative)

Paper mache is a fun art medium for children and adults alike. The process involves using layers of wet paper or other materials to create art. Designs can be flat or three-dimensional, depending on the vision of the artist. Although more complicated paper mache projects take time, even basic designs require a lot of time to dry. The project has to be completely dry before the artist starts painting it. There are a few simple ways to speed up the drying process.

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Things you need

  • Fan
  • Blow dryer
  • Baking tray

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  1. 1

    Place the paper mache art on a flat surface in a well-ventilated area. Alternatively, place the paper mache object in front of an open window in direct sunlight or outdoors in the sun.

  2. 2

    Place the paper mache object on a table. Turn on a large fan and direct the air flow toward the paper mache.

  3. 3

    Turn the oven on to 93 degrees Celsius. Leave the oven on for 20 minutes, then turn it off. Place the paper mache art on a baking tray or oven-safe tray and put it in the oven. Leave the paper mache in the oven for one hour.

  4. 4

    Turn a blow dryer on to its lowest setting. Direct the nozzle toward the paper mache and dry all areas of the art project.

Tips and warnings

  • Small paper mache art with only a few layers dries the fastest.

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