How to Make Paste for Paper Mache

Paper Mache paste is a liquid glue made with flour and water. It can be used to cover a variety of surfaces to create sculptures, pinatas and other arts and crafts projects. Once dried, the hard outer shell is easy to paint and decorate.

Paper mache paste
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Supplies

Supplies
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  • Large bowl
  • Measuring cups
  • Whisk or spoon
  • Water
  • White flour
  • Salt (added for high humidity areas)

Mix Flour and Water

Mix flour and water
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Paper Mache paste is made with 1 part flour to 2 parts water. If you are in a high humidity area, add 1 teaspoon of salt to prevent mold. A good amount to start with is 1 cup flour and 2 cups water. You can always mix more if needed.

Whisk Together

Whisk together
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Whisk together until flour is completely mixed in.

Ready for Dipping

Ready for dipping
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The consistency should be like a thin glue, making it easy to dip strips of paper and apply to your surface. The paste can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days.