Summer is my family’s favorite season to play outside and enjoy the sunny weather. When I realized that some messes are just easier to tidy up outside, we even started crafting out there! Doing paper maché and painting projects are perfect outdoor activities if you have a picnic table or can cover your patio set with scrap paper. That way, being messy is totally allowed!
When’s the last time you worked with paper maché? I actually haven’t had much experience with it, but it’s so easy to do! For today’s project, I first made a base structure and then applied the paper and glue mixture on top. Once it’s dried, paint away and you have a little piece of art! We had fun making these cute animal faces, but you could make any shape you like!
What You Need
- Newspaper (pages and strips)
- Recycled cardboard box
- Paper maché mixture (recipe below)
- Crumple newspaper into a ball and then tape it together. Cut two ear shapes out of your recycled cardboard to match the head.
- Cover the ears with tape, and then tape them onto your ball.
- Repeat these steps to make different animal heads.
- To make the paper maché mixture, stir together 1 part flour with 2 parts water. Mix until there are no lumps left, and add more water or flour until you are happy with the consistency – it should be similar to white glue. Dip a strip of newspaper into the paste and use your fingers to remove the excess. Apply the strip onto the animal head and repeat this until the head is fully covered.
- Let dry for at least 24 hours.
- Now the fun part – painting! Paint the animal heads however you like. Let dry completely, and then display on a shelf or glue a little loop on the back to hang on the wall.