How to Papier Mache

Papier Mache


Papier Mache is easy and messy and ideal for so many craft projects for kids.

Did you know that ‘Papier Mâché’ is French for ‘Chewed Paper’?

Learn how to Papier Mache with the instructions below.

Papier Mache


You will need:

  • Flour (2 heaped tbsp per layer)
  • Water (8 tbsp per layer)
  • Newspaper (ripped into strips 6 x 2 inch approx)
  • Balloon
  • Small bowl
  • Sticky tape


How to Papier Mache…

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  1. Blow up a balloon and secure with a knot at the end.
  2. Place the balloon into a small bowl and secure with some sticky tape to keep it steady and secure.
  3. Mix the flour and water together to make a paste.
  4. Dip a newspaper strip into the papier mache and swipe off the excess paste by running your fingers down the length of it whilst holding the top in the other hand.
  5. Place the first and second strips of papier mache in a cross on the very top of the balloon and smooth each one down. This will make the bottom of the cast stronger for when things are placed inside it.
  6. Cover the rest of the balloon in newspaper strips and paste in the same manner. Make sure the strips overlap each other and are placed randomly to keep the cast strong.
  7. Leave the balloon for at least 12 hours to dry before adding another layer or using the cast.
  8. Once all of your layers are dry, pop the balloon and remove from the cast. You can use the cast however you planned.


Tips on How to Papier Mache…

  • The paste should have some stickiness to it and should not be so thin that it behaves likes water. Add more flour or water accordingly if the paste is too thick or too thin.
  • One layer of paper mache is enough for most crafts but if you are doing something which requires a more robust structure (such as a pinata) you may want to add another layer or two.

Papier mache craft ideas…

Try these papier mache crafts
Bird Pinata

Bird Pinata

Pumpkin Pinata

Pumpkin Pinata








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