Paper Mache for Crafts

Papier mache can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including boxes, houses, masks, baubles and much more. Paper mache projects make ideal home decorations and memorable gifts for loved ones.

Craft ideas using papier mache can be created by adults or children, and can be adapted to suit all ages and abilities.

Once you have chosen your paper mache shape it can be decorated in a variety of ways to create something unique.

When creating a paper mache craft project you may need the following equipment:

  1. Paper mache shapes
  2. PVA glue
  3. Paints
  4. Brushes
  5. Decoupage paper
  6. Decoupage glue
  7. Some optional extras could be:  Pipecleaners, Glitter, Ribbon, Tissue paper, Varnish, Beads, Wooden shapes, Pom-poms

Our Top Tips:

  1. However you decide to decorate your chosen paper mache shape we would recommend that you seal your papier mache item before starting. Make a mixture of PVA glue and water in a 50:50 ratio and apply to the surface of the paper mache using a paint brush. Once dry, your paper mache shape is prepped and ready for decoration.
  2. Many different paints can be used on paper mache but water based acrylic and poster paints give the best results.
  3. Once dry your painted paper mache can be easily varnished for a gloss finish and any extras added to complete your projects look.

Ice Witch’s Forget-Me-Not Craft Idea – See idea

Using our paper mache witch’s hat you can create a table centrepiece or gift that is coloured to suit your celebration theme. I

t looks great as a unique Halloween table centrepiece or even as a tongue in cheek gift for mothers in law at a wedding!

Jewelled Feather Paper Mache Mask – See idea

This is a very unique look which would be perfect for a masquerade ball, or look great as a home decoration.

Baby Shower Hot Air Balloon – See idea

Our baby shower hot air balloon table or hanging decoration idea is a wonderful addition to your celebration.

 It would also be a unique gift for the mum-to-be and look at home in baby’s nursery.

Cool Colourful Decopatch – See idea

Take a look at this simple but effective decopatch coaster craft idea, suitable for beginners or seasoned decoupage crafters.

You can create a perfect practical home decoration or a personalised gift for birthdays, weddings and many other occassions.

Seaside Scrapbook : Notebook Craft Idea – See idea

Keep all of your seaside musings in one place in the colourful beach notebook. A bright collection of beach designs in a scrapbook style adorns the front of this A4 notebook.

Daisy Napkin Decopatch Piggy Bank Craft – See idea

Money boxes are a really adaptable craft base. They’re perfect for kids as they can decorate them and then use them save up their pocket money for a holiday treat. They also make great gifts!

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