DLTK's Crafts for Kids
How to Paper Mache

Trish offered these tips for working with paper mache...

"I briefly looked at your dolphin paper mache...  Have you ever tried using an old 2 litre soda bottle instead as your base? I use these a lot for paper mache.  They are a good size and easy to cut and tape to alter to suit your needs. I taught Art to 4-7 graders and we made Elephants, Hippo's and Parrots out of the paper mache using the soda bottle method.  I made a wonderful dolphin using a mineral water bottle that had a beautiful triangular shape.  Wish I had a picture!!

Try this easy paper mache paste recipe:
 - Take 1 heaped soup ladle of powdered cornstarch
 - Place in a heat proof bowl
 - Add enough COLD water to form a paste and to dissolve powder to consistency of thick cream.
 - Pour in one kettleful (1.7 litres) of RAPIDLY BOILING (MUST be bubbling away...) and stir like crazy...!

It is very very HOT like porridge and it can form lumps so I usually give it a whisk or beating with my electric mixer to smooth it.
Paste should change from opaque white to translucent once the boiling water is added.
It will keep a few days and can be microwaved to be heated so it's less "jelly-like".  Kids love to use it while it's warm, but it works equally well cold.

Salt can be added to prolong shelf life."

Thanks Trish!