Wednesday, February 25, 2009

paper mache

The recipe:
Use a LARGE mixing bowl...
8 c. warm water
6 c. flour
3 T salt (to prevent mold)
1 bottle of white glue (not completely necessary, but I like the finish of the paste with it)
Hand mix, squishing out lumps of flour.
Ripped up newspapers - just one thick edition did all our projects. I like working with strips but pieces work well too. The ripping is something all ages can be involved with.
After mixing the glue consistancy should look like this:
Balloons for forms for our dinosaur eggs...
layer newspaper dipped in glue, smooth out with hands.
We also used red plastic funnels as forms for our volcanoes. Be creative with your forms, the dry project will pop off and glue will wash off most things plastic, or with a slightly waxy surface.
Some hints for the mess - wear old clothes, plus we put down an old sheet and did the projects on our basement floor for easier clean-up. I can also recommend doing this outside on a nice day. Of course baths are pretty much a necessary follow-up activity.
More details to come as the project dries...

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ade said...

great pics, Kristin. Man those boys are growing up. They sure are lucky to have such a great mom:)

Love ya,

Bridget said...

Looks like fun, what cute boys you have! Hey, can you send me your address- dontlickthefloor(at) , thanks.

Jen said...

I remember doing this when I was a kid, and always think I should do it with mine.

Now that I've seen your post, however I think I should just send them over to your house where messy, sticky, time consuming crafts are considered fun and entertaining. I seriously don't think I have the patience for this!

Gardner Family said...

Looks like you guys had a ton of fun. I'm with Jenny, we'll just send out munchkins to your house for any and all time consuming and extremely messy project. Sound like a plan? :}

Whitney Seaberg Keith said...

Ok loving all the posts. For some reason I am just now reading them? I think my computer is whacky cuz I didn't know you had posted so many! I NEED to know the recipe for making those delicious looking Donuts! Please let me know will ya?

Traci said...

You look like an amazing mom! I love the time you take to do these fun and so super creative crafts! You are amazing girl!

Kami said...

Oh wow, look at you! I am so not crafty but my boys would love to make this especially since we just saw real volcanoes in Hawaii :)

Thanks for your lovely comment, it made my day! I am glad you found me too :)