Paper mache (or papier mache) is fun to do. It is also a very cheap way to be creative. You can make all sorts of interesting items using this process, The pumpkin is for halloween and I formed a ball shape over plastic grocery bags. The sun faces were moulded over an old salad bowl, and then painted. The snake is a wire coat hanger coiled round and covered and painted.
Step 1: Mixing the mix
Here are the ingredients for the mixture.
Flour, salt and luke warm water from your kitchen.
and a mixing bowl
(basic paste recipe - ratio of 1/2 cup of flour, large spoonful of salt to 1 cup of warm water)
Put the flour and salt into the bowl and gradually add luke warm water and mix with your hands until you have a smooth paste that is neither lumpy or watery. It should be like a thick, creamy soup. If you line your bowl with an empty plastic grocery bag you will be able to contain the mess and throw the bag away when you are finished.
By the way, the salt helps your finished creation from going mouldy inside.
Step 2: Newspapers are best
Newspapers are good for making the paper mache as the paper is more porous than other kinds of paper and bonds easily with the paste. You need to tear the paper up into manageable strips or pieces. Do not cut the paper, as the ragged edges of the torn paper meld with each other to make a smoother finish.