Recipe for Paper Mache

1 1/2 cups water
1 cup flour
1/4 cups white Elmer's glue


1. Mix all ingredients together.

2. Dip strips of newspaper (cut two-inch wide) one at a time into the mixture.  Pull strip between two fingers of the same hand to remove excess mixture.  Apply newspaper strips to base to build up, create, and shape into desired appearance.  Use plenty of newspaper strips and vary size of strips if necessary.  Dry completely.  Paint.

Hint: Suggestions of materials to use as a base: stryrofoam, paper cups, egg cartons, milk cartons, crumpled foil, crumpled paper, light weight wood, balloons, or any other light weight object that is disposable.  When applying paper mache to a flat surface, use caution, as during the drying process the flat object may curl quite a bit if it is not a strong, durable material, such as plywood.

Hint: When allowing the paper mache to dry, keep in a dry, well ventilated, and well lit place.  Mold may grow, otherwise.  Light sanding of paper mache is possible before paint is applied.  Allow 2-3 days to dry completely before applying paint.  Plan on two coats of paint for complete coverage.  Begin this project at least 7 to 10 days before it is due for best results.

Good luck!

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