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Playful spring creation with paper maché technique using old newspapers, water and glue

Paper maché or papier mache is a technique often used in art to make sculptures, fruit bowls, puppets, dolls and more. It is a mixture of shredded paper, water and glue that you can use to cover different materials. That’s why we think it’s also a great method to make beautiful spring decorations!

Making papier mache is a simple, yet very creative and fun task during which you can recycle old newspapers. It dries to a hard consistency and its production involves that wonderfully messy part (the “matting” of the paper) that children love. For this reason, don’t forget to involve the littlest members of the family in this creative activity!

You will be surprised at the results of the paper maché technique! The clay is easy to paint, so you can add spring patterns and bright colours to your finished product! One of the options on offer is to make an Easter egg, rabbit or chick, for example! Whatever your age, this creation is one of the best creative arts, so don’t hesitate to give it a try!

In the following procedure you will learn how to make a basic papier mache from which you can create anything you can think of.

3 simple steps:

1. Cut newspapers into strips or put unused paper in the shredder!

2. Make a liquid mixture to soak the paper in with liquid glue and water (2:1). Stir until the paste is smooth. If the consistency is runny, add glue; if it is too thick, thin it with water.

3. Choose a substrate to be glued (e.g. an inflatable balloon, a sculpted cardboard statue, etc.) and wrap it with the paper dipped in the mixture piece by piece. When you have finished 3 layers, let it dry (about a day).

Then you can continue working with the final product (painting, etc.).

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