Introduction: Make Seed Bombs That Look Rad!... and Other Paper Mache Crafts

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Using newspaper and water you can make just about anything your heart desires.

Table top games, sculptures, bowls, paper, jewelry, kids projects, pretty much anything! The best part is that if you mix in some seeds everything becomes a seed bomb. You could make sheets of square seed bombs and form your own pixel art garden!

Step 1: Materials

Required:
Water
Newspaper
Bowl

Recommended addition:
mesh strainer
Clay
microfiber towel
latex gloves
native to your area plant seeds
1 cup measuring cup

Optional:
wheat paste
tablespoon
fan
plastic garbage that has interesting shapes and patterns
thin flexible cutting board
nontoxic white glue
food color
odd bits of string
play dough mold
silicone mold
latex mold

Step 2: Paper Recipes

Below are several variations of my recipe to make paper mache/paper clay.

The pure paper and water recipe is good for high detail and light weight. It dries the fastest and is the easiest to make. It isn't good for sculpting though.

Adding clay to this mix results in a smoother texture that is sculptable and is an even gray color. Clay also makes the final result heavier.

I don't recommend using the mulch recipe if you are trying to make nicely detailed castings. It doesn't pick up detail well and is only good if you plan on making seed bombs for areas with no nutritious soil.

Add seeds after mixing any of these recipes to make your material into a seed bomb.

#1 Newspaper & Water
-Shred 2 newspaper grocery flyers OR 12 pages of a normal newspaper into 1 inch pieces.
-Mix paper into 4 cups warm water
-Squeeze paper and water until an even slush is formed. Make sure there is plenty of water and add some if it becomes too much like clay. This should take a couple of minutes.
-Strain mixture through a mesh strainer.
-Squeeze excess water out with hands. It doesn't need to be extremely dry, but clay like in density is good.
-Done!

#2 Newspaper & Water & Wheat Paste
-Shred 2 newspaper grocery flyers OR 12 pages of a normal newspaper into 1 inch pieces.
-Mix paper into 4 cups warm water
-Squeeze paper and water until an even slush is formed. Make sure there is plenty of water and add some if it becomes too much like clay. This should take a couple of minutes.
-Strain mixture through a mesh strainer.
-Squeeze excess water out with hands. It doesn't need to be extremely dry, but clay like in density is good.
-Add wet paper and 1 tablespoon of wheat paste to bowl.
-Mix until even.

#3 Newspaper & Water & Clay
-Shred 2 newspaper grocery flyers OR 12 pages of a normal newspaper into 1 inch pieces.
-Mix paper into 4 cups warm water
-Squeeze paper and water until an even slush is formed. Make sure there is plenty of water and add some if it becomes too much like clay. This should take a couple of minutes.
-Strain mixture through a mesh strainer.
-Squeeze excess water out with hands. It doesn't need to be extremely dry, but clay like in density is good.
-Place paper back in bowl.
-Add 1 cup of clay by making a thin sheet and tearing small quarter sized pieces off. Add to bowl.
-Mix clay and paper together until even.
(It is very important to strain as much water out as possible before adding the clay. You won't be able to squeeze the water out after the clay is added.)

#4 Newspaper & Water & Clay & Wheat Paste
-Shred 2 newspaper grocery flyers OR 12 pages of a normal newspaper into 1 inch pieces.
-Mix paper into 4 cups warm water
-Squeeze paper and water until an even slush is formed. Make sure there is plenty of water and add some if it becomes too much like clay. This should take a couple of minutes.
-Strain mixture through a mesh strainer.
-Squeeze excess water out with hands. It doesn't need to be extremely dry, but clay like in density is good.
-Place paper back in bowl.
-Add 1 cup of clay by making a thin sheet and tearing small quarter sized pieces off. Add to bowl.
-Mix clay and paper together until even.
(It is very important to strain as much water out as possible before adding the clay. You won't be able to squeeze the water out after the clay is added.)
-Add wet paper and 1 tablespoon of wheat paste to bowl.
-Mix until even.

#5 Newspaper & Water & Clay & Mulch
-Shred 2 newspaper grocery flyers OR 12 pages of a normal newspaper into 1 inch pieces.
-Mix paper into 4 cups warm water
-Squeeze paper and water until an even slush is formed. Make sure there is plenty of water and add some if it becomes too much like clay. This should take a couple of minutes.
-Strain mixture through a mesh strainer.
-Squeeze excess water out with hands. It doesn't need to be extremely dry, but clay like in density is good.
-Place paper back in bowl.
-Add 1 cup of clay by making a thin sheet and tearing small quarter sized pieces off. Add to bowl.
-Mix clay and paper together until even.
-Add 1 cup of mulch into bowl with the paper clay.
-Mix mulch into mixture by hand. The texture will be grainy and chunky.

Step 3: Link to Web Album Tutorials

This link will take you to my web album for tutorials with pictures:
http://picasaweb.google.com/KatyHargrove1/PaperMacheCraftsAndSeedBombs?authkey=Gv1sRgCNzB1pHvocDa3QE&feat=directlink

This link will take you to my tutorial for making a clay model and a latex mold:
http://picasaweb.google.com/KatyHargrove1/QuickAndDirtyReliefSculpting?feat=directlink

Comments

admin (author)2009-03-23

Hey, this is a great instructable and is very informative. Just one thing is missing... pictures! It really helps a lot when trying to follow directions so you should consider taking some photographs. Once you do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks! Thanks for the cool instructable and we hope to publish this soon!

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