This is what worked for me, and I hope it helps you, too!
- flexible mold (I used a very small plastic pot)
- tacky glue (it's non-toxic & kid safe)
- mixing pot (I used a 1 gallon flower pot)
- plastic spoon, for mixing glue & water
Please Note: I am new, but trying to be eco-friendly. If you know of a specific publication that uses soy-based newspaper ink, & biodegradable glue - go for it! And let me know which products you use that are inexpensive & eco-friendly! :D
Post-Publish-Edit: THANK YOU! to the editor who decided to feature this How To! :D
Step 1: Cut Your Newspaper & Make Your Mache Mix
I put a bottle of room temp water in this 1g pot, plenty of room to dip - it will only fill 2-3" due to the "self-watering" design. I didn't use that much glue, just a good squirt - enough to make the water milky when mixed.*
*I've noticed some people have over-complicated with running/hot water and specific ratios of water to glue - this way was much simpler.
Step 2: Wrapping & Folding the Newspaper Around the Pot
While holding the seam down, start to fold the bottom in. It should look like a mini-envelope.
Step 3: Dipping Your Mold
Step 4: Adding 2nd Layer of Newspaper & Removing It From the Mold
Here comes the semi-complicated part... getting the wet newspaper off of the mold.
Because I used smooth, flexible plastic, this won't be too hard. With the bottom of the mold to your open palm, place your fingers on & around the mold. Apply even pressure with the pads of your fingers, and pull the mold with your other hand. Hopefully it came off on your first try - mine ended up being a ball of mush, so don't be discouraged!
I set the pots outside to dry (it's super warm & humid in California right now). So far, it's been 2 hours and they have already started to harden - not a lot, but enough to keep their shape.
Hope you're successful & HAVE FUN! :D
Would you look at that! Never thought I'd see THAT american presidential hopeful on anything bio-degradable... ;P