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Re-Usable Paper Mache Containers

This project is based on reusing old notes or unneeded paper and creating a paper mache container with recycled container. We have three methods to make the paper mache: Glue Mixture, Flour Mixture, and Mod Podge.

Method A: The Glue Mixture is the easiest one to make and use. With this method your final project cannot come in contact with water; however there are still many uses for it, such as storage container, decorative ornament, or even a holder for those delectable candies you adore.

Method B: Flour Mixture is a great project for kids. With it being made with flour, you do not need to worry if it gets consumed. This is a temporary kind of container, if you live in humid area, the Flour Mixture can mold. It should also be noted that it can attract bugs. However, it is something fun to do with kids, and it’s the easiest to clean up after.

Method C: The Mod Podge is fairly easy to do but takes the most time to complete. However, because of the way it dries, the finished product can be used in different ways. Do note that the Mod Podge while not toxic is unsafe to be used around food. Also note that you cannot soak it in water but a little drip of water won’t hurt the final project. So this container could be used as a storage container also or a decorative flower holder for your cut flowers.

If you choose Glue Mixture, follow Part A, if you choose Flour Mixture, follow Part B, and if you choose Mod Podge, follow Part C.

Step 1: Gather Materials

Depending on which method best fits your needs, you will need the following items for our project:

Method A: Glue Mixture

  1. Old newspaper or old notes
  2. Recycled container
  3. Small bowl
  4. White Glue
  5. Water
  6. Extra newspaper (for easy clean up)

Method B: Flour Mixture

  1. Old newspaper or old notes
  2. Recycled container
  3. Small bowl
  4. Flour
  5. Water
  6. Wax paper (for easy clean up)

Method C: Mod Podge

  1. Old newspaper or old notes
  2. Recycled container
  3. Mod Podge
  4. Medium sized paint brush
  5. Wax paper (for easy clean up)

Step 2: Preparing Materials

Part A: Glue Mixture

  1. Wash the container to make sure clean.
  2. Cut or rip paper into small strips.
  3. Place some newspaper on your workspace to keep it clean. (Glue is messy)
  4. Pour one cup of water into a bowl with an entire bottle of white glue.
  5. And mix with a spoon or stick until the mixture is thin and runny.

Note: This recipe may produce extra mixture then you will need.

Part B: Flour Mixture

  1. Wash the Container to make sure clean.
  2. Cut or rip paper into small strips.
  3. Place a sheet of Wax Paper on your workspace to keep it clean.
  4. In a bowl mix 1 cup flour with 1 cup water. You want a runny consistency. Add more water if needed.
  5. Mix well until all lumps of flour are gone.
  6. Add 1-2 tablespoons of salt to prevent mold.

Part C: Mod Podge

  1. Wash the container to make sure clean.
  2. Cut or rip paper into small pieces.
  3. Have a cup of water to clean paint brush.
  4. Place a sheet of Wax Paper on your workspace to keep it clean. (Mod Podge is messy)

Step 3: Appllication

Part A: Glue Mixture

  1. Dip one strip of paper into mixture until fully saturated and then with your index and middle finger gently remove excess mixture.
  2. Place wet strip onto container gently flattening it on with fingers.
  3. Slightly overlap strips enough to ensure no gaps.
  4. Repeat until container is completely covered. Then proceed to cover it with a second layer.
  5. Let dry overnight.

Part B: Flour Mixture

  1. Dip one strip of paper into mixture until fully saturated and then with your index and middle finger gently remove excess mixture.
  2. Place wet strip onto container gently flattening it on with fingers.
  3. Slightly overlap strips enough to ensure no gaps.
  4. Repeat until container is completely covered. Then proceed to cover it with a second layer. Do not cover more than 4 layers.
  5. Let dry overnight.

Part C: Mod Podge

  1. Wet the paint brush wipe on paper towel so brush is lightly damp.
  2. Dip the brush into the Mod Podge and paint it onto the jar.
  3. You want a thick layer of the paste so the paint adheres to the jar.
  4. Take one piece of paper and place it on to the glass.
  5. Smooth the paper with your fingers so there are no bubbles.
  6. If the edges do not adhere to the container, use your paint brush with a little Mod Podge to press down the edges.
  7. I found that if you layer the paper you have to wait a minute for the first piece to dry slightly or the paper will bubble. I found that if you Mod Podge the edges of the paper, let that top layer dry for a few minutes and you can then place two pieces of paper on either side of the first.

Step 4: Finished Product

The first set of pictures is what your container should look like after the first layer.

Repeat layers no more than 3-4 times

Decorate as desired!

The second set of pictures is what our final containers looked like.

<p>Great job! I love the book pages!</p>

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