Papier-mache is an art medium in which paper is combined with glue and them moulded or layered on top of an existing form. When the glue dries, the result is a light but solid object. A papier-mache strawberry makes an excellent summer decoration for the home. Make one papier-mache strawberry to hang up in the window, or make several and place them in a bowl for display.
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Things you need
- White glue
- Aluminium foil
- White computer paper
- Green construction paper
- Paint brush
Mix in a bowl a solution that is ½ white glue and ½ water.
Stir the solution with a fork until it is smooth.
Tear off a large piece of piece of aluminium foil and crumple it into an egg shape. The egg should be a little smaller than the size of the strawberry you want to make. If your egg is too small, layer more aluminium foil over it.
Tear a sheet of white computer paper into strips that are about 1 inch wide.
Dip one strip of paper into the glue solution, coating it completely.
Wrap the wet strip around the aluminium egg. Continue wetting strips and wrapping them around the foil until the ball is completely covered.
Set the figure aside to dry. This may take several hours, depending on the size of the strawberry. If you want it to dry sooner, set a hair dryer to low and blow warm air on the project. Wait until the papier-mache is completely dry to the touch before proceeding.
Cut five to seven strawberry "leaves" from a piece of green construction paper. The leaves should be roughly ½ the length of your strawberry.
Paint your strawberry red and allow the paint to dry.
Cover the strawberry with small dots of gold paint to represent the seeds and allow the paint to dry.
Glue the strawberry leaves to the top of the strawberry.
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