Kids make beautiful projects from papier-mache: an elephant and a bookworm!
We’ll start by showing you the ingredients needed to make your project, then we’ll show you the glorious art created by children from Albany.
Ingredients to Make Papier Mache Paste:
Flour, Water, Salt
You will also need these items:
Measuring Cup, Large Bowl, Stirring Spoon
Start out by measuring your flour into the bowl. Start with one cup of flour. Add one and a half cups of water. Stir this mixture well getting out lumps. You want it to be like runny batter. Add a teaspoon or two of salt. (Salt helps prevent mold that may form while project is drying.)
This amount of papier mache paste should be enough to do an entire medium-sized project. If you make more paste, remember to mix 2 parts flour with approximately 3 parts water.
Take your time creating your project. Apply glue and newspaper strips one layer at a time and let each layer dry at least 24 hours before you apply the next.
Store your paste between uses in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator. Always stir the paste before you start your next layer. Make sure all the parts of the paste are well-mixed before you start dipping paper strips into the paste.
Make a structure to give your sculpture an interesting shape. To make a Heart, as you see further down this page, use a hanger for a base and shape it into a heart. Then build up the sculpture, using layers of thin paper. Layer the strips on balloons if you want fantastic shapes. Strips of newspaper work well because they can be shaped easily.
From Glue to Glory! Look at the beautiful art created by kids in Albany. Their teaching artist, Lisa Norman, believes that kids should be given paints and materials of the best quality so they will know how beautiful their art can be. By thinking and planning a design, then enjoying the experience of creation, kids create stunning sculptures. We display these sculptures throughout our library.
On a class trip to the library, these fourth graders saw their art on the shelves!
Here are some students who found their hearts on the shelves. Families and friends (and little brothers) were happy!
Here’s a proud student in front of her papier-mache mask! We called this display, “The Guardians of Wonder.”
All this art was made by kids. You can do this, too! We hope to see your art at a local library.