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Video:How to Use Balloon Bases in Paper Mache

with Daniel Mar

Paper mache balloon bases are a great start to plenty of fun crafts. Learn how to use a balloon for your paper mache projects.See Transcript

Transcript:How to Use Balloon Bases in Paper Mache

Hi,I'm design expert Daniel Mar from House of Flash Fashion Lifestyle Accessories for Today, I'm going to show you how to use a balloon as a base for a paper mache project.

For the Paper Mache Balloon Base, You Will Need:

  • Paper mache paste
  • Newspaper strips
  • Tissue paper
  • A balloon
  • Paper scissors
  • Plastic tub
  • No-stick cooking spray

Paste Strips of Paper on the Balloon

Prepare your balloon by spraying it with no-stick cooking spray. Once you've coated your balloon amply, you're ready to paste everything together. You want to get a nice base that you can use. I am using a plastic tub to help me hold the balloon while I work with it. Take a strip of paper, dip it in the paste, and begin coating. Work your way down the balloon. I work on one hemisphere of the balloon, and then once I'm done, I turn it around and use the other section. If you over-paste, take a dry piece and spread it over.

The Paper Mache Balloon Shell is the Base for Many Crafts

This is a messy project, but kids love it. When you're using a balloon form, you can do anything from a pumpkin for Halloween to an Easter egg to a pinata. This is a great way to create a shell so you can fill the inside with confetti, candy, or even some rice and beans to make a rattle—it's really fun, kids love that. Cover the entire surface and allow it to dry for 24 hours. Once your balloon is dry, you can give it a nice coat of tissue. I really like doing that –it's an extra step, but it's going to give it a nice finish.

Take your paste, apply a layer to your shell, take a strip of tissue paper, put it down, and smooth it out, that's it. Cover the entire surface again and allow it to dry for a few hours.Once your mache shell is dry, it's time for you to remove the balloon from it. It's going to be a little separated—normally, as it dries, it will separate from the balloon.

To Complete the Paper Mache Mold, Pop and Remove the Balloon

Take a pair of shears or something sharp, and pop your balloon. It will very easily come out. And once you've got rid of your balloon, you have a really nice paper mache shell that is ready for decorating. And that's how you create paper mache using a balloon as a base.
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