Papier -mache is derived from the French word that literally means “chewed paper”. A composite material that consists of pieces of paper or pulp that at times has some textile in it bound together with an adhesive like starch, glue or wallpaper paste. The materials required for this craft are minimalistic and very basic that makes it easy for a lot of hobbyists to attempt. The technique involved is very simple and can be customized the way you are making each craft piece. It's a popular method of creating 3 dimensional paper mache crafts.
Paper mache crafts have become very popular and have both a traditional look as well as the more modern twist to it. Paper mache articles are myriad and have been mastered as a craft form. It is often used in arts and crafts to make various sculptures, fruit bowls, puppets, dolls and much more. The surface is easy to paint, allowing you to add patterns, bright colors, and interesting designs to your finished product. This article details how to make the basic papier mâché that can be used for any project that you have in mind. You can make just about anything out of paper mache. The paper mache pulp is what gives all those fantastic projects their detail and dimension.
It is a non- toxic craft so it is ideal for kids to make too. Paper mache crafts include – jewelry boxes, jewelry pieces, pen holders, small stools and tables, lampshades, baskets, boxes, bins, platters and more. Photo-frames giving a rustic look with a traditional touch are also made.
Make structures, animal and bird forms and various models from paper mache that can be decorated in home and other spaces.