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20+ Papier Mache Crafts: How to Make Papier Mache and Other Papier Mache Ideas

These papier mache crafts are fun for the whole family!

By: Dana Byerwalter, Editor, AllFreePaperCrafts.com
20 Papier Mache Crafts How to Make Papier Mache and Other Papier Mache Ideas

Explore your crafty side with papier mache! These beautiful papier mache crafts are so much fun to make, and you will amaze everyone who sees the finished work, including yourself! First, learn How to Make Papier Mache with this papier mache recipe. Then, use this craft material to sculpt any of the 20+ Papier Mache Crafts below! Once you are satisfied with your sculpted papier mache, let it dry and then paint it! You will be shocked to see what you can create when you start with papier mache.

For example, can you believe these Papier Mache Lace Balloons are made with papier mache glue? Decoupage your lace doilies onto the balloons for stunning wedding or party decorations. There's also projects like this Pretty in Pink Papier Mache Bowl, which you can learn how to make using this video tutorial right below.


 

Papier Mache Sculptures

Golden Papier Mache Flowers

Mold your papier mache! Once you have your crafty substance mixed up and ready to go, you can use it to create any of these papier mache sculptures. Create stunning butterflies, amazing flowers, pretty dolls, and so much more! These projects are so much fun to make. Get your hands a little dirty and dive into these awesome paper mache crafts.

Holiday Craft Ideas with Papier Mache

Frosty the Papier Mache Snowman

Whether you need a new Halloween decoration or a craft for Christmas, we have seasonal paper mache ideas here for you! These holiday craft ideas with papier mache are crafty ways to celebrate all year long. Some of these projects are perfect for spring parties and summer decor, and others are tailored to specific holidays like Halloween and Christmas. Celebrate an upcoming occasion with paper mache crafts.

Pinata Crafts Using Papier Mache

Sculptures aren't the only thing you can make out of papier mache. Pinatas are a classic party craft that you don't have to go all the way to the store to get. Now you can make one in your own backyard!

PLUS! History of Papier Mache

History of Papier Mache

It's a very common craft technique now, but do know about the origins of papier-mache? Translating directly into French as "chewed paper," it's rumored that factory workers actually chewed the paper to create this easy paper craft. However, France wasn't the only country to create crafts from this pulp-like mixture.

From Ancient Greece to Europe, papier-mache played an integral part in tradition and culture. In Ancient Egypt, this craft was used to create coffins and death masks. In the Middle East, it was used to make small painted boxes. In Japan, China, and Europe, it was used only for decorative purposes. These papier-mache crafts were widely used in a variety of functions such as paper boats, masks, and even weapons!

There are several different recipes for papier-mache with more additives other than paper fibers and glue-water...such as potatoes, broccoli, and garlic! So as you're making your new papier-mache crafts, know that you're not the first to decorate your home with papier-mache--and that it doesn't have vegetables in it!

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Love these ideas!

these patterns look like something I would very much enjoy making.

Did this in school yeeeaaarrrrs ago! Be fun to do again, so many great ideas, great projects to do with great and grandkids.

I made a head for a puppet once it was fun to get in there and do it. Have not done anything in a long time though. Just might have to give it a try again

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I made a Halloween cat one year with paper mache. Love the vintage look you can get by using this technique.

I haven't done paper mache for 50 years, but it looks like fun!

I have never made anything with Papier Mache. I remember seeing some things that my sister did. I would love to give it a try.

It's never too late to start! It's really fun :) - Krista, editor, AllFreePaperCrafts

When I was a kid i used to make all sorts of small animal sculptures out of papier mache like cats and dogs as well as more exotic ones like elephants. In high school I took a biology class where I made a model of the human brain out of papier mache. It was intricate and detailed and had to be anatomically correct. It turned out pretty well. I remember getting a good mark on it.

I have try up to make a kind of sculpture but it's turned up like big something who I can't name and finaly fall down-)

Oh my!!! So many fun things to make! I haven't played since I was the age I am in the photo at the left (many Years! Ha) I can't wait to start!!!

In 5th grade we were studying indiginious peoples and had a paper mache mask making assignment. After the mask was dry and painted, we waited a few days and glued feathers, shells, twigs etc. on them. We also got to paper mache a totem pole.

It's been so long ago that I don't remember! Some of these projects sound interesting. Thank you.

My first introduction to papier mache was in the 2nd grade in school. Everyone in class had to make a mask, these were then worn in a small parade around the classroom. I was very proud of mine, but what a creation, lol!

I've made a few bowls using papier mache, either using an actual bowl as a mold or with a balloon. These projects are really cool. Obviously papier mache is a versatile craft!

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