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Video:No Cook Paper Mache Paste

with Daniel Mar

Paper mache projects are easy to do with kids. Learn how to make this no cook paper mache mask to start an endless amount of craft projects with the kids.See Transcript

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Transcript:No Cook Paper Mache Paste

Hi,I'm design expert Daniel Mar with House of Flash Fashion Lifestyle Accessories for About.com. Today, I'm going to teach you how to prepare a no-cook paper mache recipe.

To Make No-Cook Paper Mache Paste, You Will Need:

  • 1 Cup of bleached all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 Cups of water, cold or warm
  • 1/2 Cup of white school glue
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Measuring cup
  • Pinch of salt.
So we're going to mix a no-cook paper mache recipe. You will need to start off with the flour. You will measure around 1 cup of bleached, all-purpose flour—you don't have to be exact with the measurements. You then want to add a pinch of salt— the salt actually prevents mold and bacteria from forming in your paper mache. The white school glue is an ingredient that you don't necessarily have to add. You might just use flour and water. I personally like to use the white glue to add extra integrity to the recipe.

Measure it about 1/2 cup to 1/4 cup. If this project is not going to be used by kids, you can use warm water. Again, it's going to be measured more or less, depending on your area and climate. You want to start off with 1 cup, mix it, and add more if you need it. If you are going to be working with kids, I recommend you use cool water.

Whisk All Ingredients Together Until the Paste is Syrupy

Now, whisk the ingredients together. This paste needs to be the consistency of syrup. One great thing about it is that you can also tint it. So if you're doing a Halloween project, and the kids will be working on it, you can add green food coloring so they can work with “slime” paper mache. And this is the good consistency. You want to let it chill before you can dip your hands in it, of course. And you're all set! You've created a no-cook paper mache paste.
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