Paper mache! Whether you're making a Halloween mask or an Instructables Robot, paper mache is the way to go. The possibilities are endless and you are only limited by your imagination. Paper mache is a simple process that has no right or wrong way, it allows you to be very creative. Through this instuctable I will cover a few different techniques used in the art of paper mache.
Step 1: Gather Supplies...
You should be able to find all of the necessary supplies around your house. Depending on how creative you want to get you may need to make a trip to your local craft store to decorate your creation!
First you will need to make a form. You can use almost anything for a form, but here are some suggestions:
-Cardboard (cereal boxes, or corrugated)
-Toilet paper/ paper towel tubes
Next you need to paper mache your form. So what do you use?
-Brown paper towels (optional)
-Paper mache paste mix (in place of flour, salt, and water.)
Tools you will need:
-Mixing bowl/ milk jug
-Smaller bowl/ cereal bowl
After you're all done you need to decorate you paper mache. Get creative, use paint or even glitter.
Step 2: Create a form
You can use many different objects as forms. If making a mask, balloons work well. Bunched up paper and masking tape also works well and allows you to do more free forming. I used corrugated cardboard, toilet paper tubes, construction paper, and masking tape to make my form. I chose to make an instructables robot. I referred to the Instructables Robot -- Paper Model instructable written by =SMART= when making this design. Thanks =SMART= !
Step 3: Tear paper strips
I have found that newspaper works best. Some people like to use brown paper towels for a smoother final layer. If you have access to brown papertowels, I'd say go for it. If not, it's not a big deal... Tear your paper into strips about one inch by six inches. If your strips are too wide you might get wrinkles and not a completely smooth surface.