|Thought I would include a photo of the finished tree since it looks cool!|
1 cup flour
1 1/2 cups water (cold or warm)
1/2 cup white school glue
pinch of salt (important in humid climates to prevent mold)
Place ingredients in a bowl and whisk. It should be a syrupy consistency and can be tinted. Then tear newspaper strips about 1" to 1 1/2" wide and around 6" long. Dip them in the paper mache, squeegee them off with your fingers and place in alternating directions on your object. You can do several layers to make it strong. I like to use brown craft paper because it is thicker than newspaper so you don't have to do as many layers for a strong finish. Let it dry overnight.
If you need more detailed directions, just Google it. There are even videos on how to do it.
Here are the photos of my projects that I used the paper mache on. Unfortunately, I keep forgetting to take a photo of them before they are painted.
|The trunk before the paper mache went on.|
|My son is almost 6'5" so you can see how big this tree is! The trunk is made with cardboard cement form tubes from Home Depot. I used cut up pieces of foam pipe insulation and pool noodles for the raised knots.|
|The pig pinata. You can see it created a pretty smooth finish. Painted by my daughter.|