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A hardened material consisting of paper pieces or pulp bound with glue, to create all kinds of fun and useful things. This is a page about making paper mache.


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November 29, 2007

Can anyone tell me what the recipe is for making paper mache?

Amy from Fort Wayne, IN


November 29, 20070 found this helpful

I am looking for a good recipe for making paper mache using flour and water. I have tried a recipe on this site but it keeps burning to the bottom of the pan. Any tips or recipes would be appreciated.

Luna from Seattle


RE: Paper Mache Recipes

I haven't tried this myself, but I recently watched a program on HGTV where they used liquid starch for paper mache. It seemed much less messy than anything I've ever tried. (10/30/2005)

By Barbara

RE: Paper Mache Recipes

I use diluted white glue for my paper mache. I seems to work well.
Stanlie (11/01/2005)

By Stanlie E. Wykoff

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November 29, 20070 found this helpful

When I was in school we made paper mache maps. We used liquid starch and toren pieces paper into small piece. When my Daughter was married I made a hot air balloon with strips of newspaper dipped in starch and pur it around a balloon.


They both worked well. Make sur the paper is well soaked. You might try smaal amounts. Use full stength. Let each layer dry thourghly before adding the next one.

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December 4, 20070 found this helpful

Ive always used plain old flour and water, mixed up to a soupy consistancy. Its the cheapest ans simplest way to make the paper mache. Then you just tear strips of newspaper to dip in the bowl. I like to get large oval balloons and then make Pinatas out of them.

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December 5, 20070 found this helpful

I have used several different things. Diluted white glue is the easiest. Flour and water works okay, but sometimes it is floury when completed.

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By linda (Guest Post)
August 31, 20080 found this helpful

I'm making a project and I am doing paper mache and I need to find out how to do it with liquid starch. Any answers will be appreciated.

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March 1, 20090 found this helpful

In scouts last year we made 2 paper Mache santa clauses and we used school glue and water to thin it to a soupy mix smeared our hands and 20 kids hands into it with strips of paper and stuck it on...letting it dry between coats. Worked great. As for the flour if you have to cook it u must use cold water to mix the flour and water and on med. heat constantly stirring get it hot enough to thicken to the consistency you wish. Then you have to let it cool some so you or the kids don't get burned..

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October 18, 2010

How do you make paper mache using glue and water?

By Kathy from Ansonia, CT


October 19, 20100 found this helpful

Just google instructions for papier Mache and you will find the recipe. Flour, water & salt and cook it on the stove.

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October 20, 20100 found this helpful

We used to make it using flour and water. Just mix until the mixture is wet enough to dip paper in.

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October 21, 20100 found this helpful

If you want to use white glue, thin it down to a cream consistancy then dip your strips of paper. We used the flour and water also because it is so cheap and on hand. There is so much you can do with paper mache, you have me thinking what I could do once again.

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October 28, 2010

I have a paper mache item that was damaged in shipping. Can someone tell me how to repair it?

By Lynne Underwood from Walnut Creek

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