The Best Paper Mache Recipes and Projects

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Paper mache (or papier mache) is such a simple craft. Not only is it simple to do, it is also extremely low cost. However, you shouldn't underestimate what you can achieve using basic paper mache recipes and techniques. As well as using paper mache in layers to make objects, you can also use it as a clay. 

We've selected some of the most interesting and innovative recipes and projects to share with you, including tips for getting a smooth finish on the surface of your project. While this might not matter for some projects, if you want to decorate your surface with rubber stamps or finely detailed painting, you'll require a surface which is as smooth as possible to work on. read on for recipes and tutorials to get you started with paper mache.

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    Paper Mache No-Cook and Cooked Recipes

    No Cook Paper Mache Recipe
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    Learn how to make traditional paper mache using just flour and water (with a little extra salt, depending on where you live).

    Go to the No-Cook Paper Mache Recipe Page

    You will find a recipe and video tutorial here, showing how to make a cooked paper mache paste. 

    Go to the Cooked Paper Mache Recipe Page

    Once you have made your paper mache paste you can use it to make a variety of projects including a cute piñata. These instructions and video will get you started!

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    The Ultimate Paper Mache Recipes and Projects

    Find everything you need to get started making paper mache objects
    The Ultimate Paper Mache

    The Ultimate Paper Mache site contains a wealth of information to get you started making paper mache objects and to help you take your skills on to the next level. You will find recipes along with lots of tips, tutorials, and videos to get you creating and finishing a variety of objects. In addition to traditional paper mache, you'll also find recipes for paper clay.

    Go to Ultimate Paper Mache Site

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    Paper Clay Recipe

    Paper Mache Clay Recipe

     Learn how to make paper clay using simple household ingredients. You could use the finished clay in a similar way to salt dough.

    Go to Project Page

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    Papier Mache Hot Air Balloons

    Papier Mache Hot Air Balloons
    Martha Stewart (

    These cute hot air balloons are surprisingly simple to make, using just a balloon, paper mache, and a few embellishments. They would make a great way to add some decoration to a party or celebration.

    Go to Project Page 

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    Glitter Paper Mache Cake Toppers

    Make Papier Mache Cake Toppers
    Martha Stewart (

    This tutorial shows how to create a glitter finish on a papier-mache object. While this project uses a ready-made papier mache object, you could use this technique to add a layer of glitter to your own finished papier mache items.

    Go to Project Page

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    Wet Paper Embossing

    Wet Paper Casting
    Kate Pullen

     Here's a super simple way to emboss texture and patterns into wet paper. While this isn't as robust as paper mache or paper clay, it's a great way to make toppers for cards and scrapbook pages.

    Go to Project Page

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    Paper Mache Unicorn

    DIY Unicorn
    Ashley Hackshaw (Lil Blue Boo)

    Ashley Hackshaw from Little Blue Boo shows how to make a paper mache animal head in this detailed step by step tutorial.

    Go to Project Page

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    Make Papier Mache Hens

    Make Papier Mache Hens
    Molly Moo Crafts

    Molly Moo Crafts shows how to make these cute hen decorations using paper mache. You'll also find a free printable template to help you get the basic hen shape.

    Go to Project Page

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    Make a Paper Mache Lampshade

    Make a Paper Mache Lamp
    Pretty Prudent

    Over on the Pretty Prudent website, we learn how to use simple paper mache techniques to create a modern looking lampshade. 

     Go to Project Page

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    Paper Mache Light Up Globes

    Paper mache light up globes
    Oh Happy Day

    These paper mache light globes are made using tissue paper. The tissue paper is transparent enough to let light through to make pretty light garland party decorations.

    Go to Project Page 

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    Paper Mache Bracelet

    Paper mache bracelet
    Better Homes and Gardens

     This bracelet is made by layering pieces of paper which have been soaked in paper mache glue onto a card tube base. The instructions are short, however, the project is relatively self-explanatory.

    Go to Project Page

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    Paper Mache Confetti Bowl

    Paper Mache Confetti Bowl
    Carolyn's Homework

    If you have scraps of decorative paper left over from other projects then how about upcycling them into a pretty and useful bowl. This project uses paper mache techniques, however with a twist!

    Go to Project Page

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    Flower Paper Mache Bowl

    Flower Paper Mache Bowl

    OK, so this tutorial isn't in English, however, there are lots of photos which will make this tutorial easy to follow, particularly if you have read some of the tutorials explaining how to make paper mache objects.

    Go to Project Page

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