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Eight Paper Mache Tips

Eight Paper Mache Tips

New to the craft of paper mache? Read on to find out all the tricks to create beautiful makes

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To avoid getting your clothes or home messy, it's best to cover your work space before you start crafting. There's nothing more frustrating than stepping in glue or having to scrape bits of paper off the floor. If weather permits, create your makes outside instead.

2.

If you don't want to get your hands messy, use an old paintbrush to place the wet adhesive onto your strips of paper – you'll be able to spread your glue evenly, too.

3.

Use strips of newspaper for your base layer as they are quite thin. Use craft or decoupage paper for your finished layer as they are more sturdy – you'll avoid crafting mishaps this way.

4.

Always tear your paper into strips instead of cutting it. The torn paper will lay better on your make.

5.

Ensure that your projects are completely dry before you paint and decorate them. You'll end up with a smudged creation if you're not careful.

6.

The more layers of paper you add to your project, the sturdier it will be. A more elaborate design may need several layers of paper to get to your desired thickness.

7.

To avoid a crumpled design, make sure that each layer is dry before you apply the next. While it is time-consuming, you'll be much happier with the finished product if you take things slowly.

8.

Once your design is dry, use a varnish coat or a sealant such as Mod Podge to protect your craft from chips.