How to Make Paper Mache Using Liquid Starch


Papier-mâché literally means “chewed paper” in French. It is the craft of combining paper with natural glue substances and shaping it around an armature. Almost anything can be used as an armature, but a balloon is commonly used for a starter project. This is a fun and creative craft that leaves a lot of room for imagination. It is also a good way to recycle scraps of paper and turn them into artistic pieces. This craft is appropriate for kids of all ages, as well as an creative outlet for adults.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Liquid Starch
  • Balloon
  • Bowl
  • Sponge
  • Cover the workspace with newspaper to make cleanup faster.

  • Inflate balloon to desired size.

  • Rip newspaper into strips approximately 1 ½ inches wide.

  • Pour liquid starch into a bowl.

  • Soak strips of newspaper in liquid starch for approximately three seconds.

  • Apply strips to balloon surface randomly, overlapping slightly. Use the sponge to wipe away excess starch.

  • Let dry overnight after each layer of newspaper is applied.

  • Repeat Steps 5 through 7 for up to four layers.


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