Paper mache is a composite material involving paper pieces or pulp and originates from China. One of the best things about paper mache is that you probably have everything you need to create the masterpieces lying around your home right now. Both in the recycling bin and the kitchen cupboards.
6 Paper Mache For Thanksgiving Crafts Ideas
You can create pretty much anything using paper mache techniques, whether that’s masks, dolls, or abstract art objects. It’s easy to paper mache. Simply start out by making a base for your project, whip up a batch of glue, and get ready to start crafting.
1. Paper Mache Bowl
If you love decorative bowls, making your own paper mache bowls is a cheap and easy project, and you can change up your looks in a snap. They’re fun to create and great for holding jewelry, the mail, trinkets, and even art supplies. These even make an easy project for kids! It only takes 30 minutes, plus 24 hours to dry.
2. Paper Mache Piñata
Score both a fun crafternoon and a rowdy family activity by letting kids create a traditional piñata from paper mache. You just need a balloon, paper roll, newspaper, glue, and color dye. Once your creation has dried, fill it with the candy or prizes of your choice, then get to smashing, of course!
3. Paper Mache Volcano
Let your kids be taught how to make a paper mache volcano with exploding action by another kid! The camera work in this YouTube video is a little wobbly at times, but we love this enthusiasm for paper mache craft as he builds up his volcano using paper mache and chicken wire.
4. Paper Mache Hot Air Balloon
Here is a great paper mache project that will work brilliantly for both adults and kids! Style colorfully with paint for kids or dress up in paper decoupage and trim for a sophisticated grown-up version.
5. Paper Mache Pumpkin
Looking for sophisticated paper mache ideas? These dreamy decoupaged pumpkins are courtesy of Philip Friedman showing the heights of style you can reach with paper mache crafts. Try your own version by making a papier-mache pumpkin, shaped using a balloon modified with 2 rubber bands as per Real Simple’s Paper mache pumpkin tutorial.
6. Paper Mache Cake Topper
This craft shows how to create a glitter finish on a papier-mache object. While this project uses a ready-made papier-mache object, you could use this technique to add a layer of glitter to your own finished papier mache items.