Paper Mâché is a fun craft activity that kids have been doing for years and people in other cultures have been doing for centuries. It is the layering of paper and glue over a "mold", then letting it dry between layers so it becomes hard. The mold can be a plate, a bowl, a head sculpture or even a balloon - we are only limited by our imagination.
In this craft, for our very first project, my daughter and I used a small plate as our mold and found that it was the perfect item. It was small enough to keep my daughter interested in going back over and over again to glue more layers, and it was the ideal size to use as a gift plate. It took us about 5 days to make, which included drying time between layers and leaving it for 2 days at the end to dry completely. You can use white glue for this project, however we decided to use the traditional glue recipe of flour, water and salt. Why don't you make one today?
Make a plate as a gift - or as a gift for yourself!
Step 2: Wrap your plate in cling film and place it upside-down on top of the bowl.
Step 3: In a plastic container, mix 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup water and 1/4 cup salt.
Step 4: Paint the cling film on the plate with glue. Lay down the strips of paper, side by side, all the way over the plate. Paint glue over the top, then glue down the strips of paper in the opposite direction. Glue all over again and put the plate out in the sun to dry.
Step 5: When dry, repeat this layering again 4 - 6 times, depending how thick you want your plate. Allow plenty of time to dry each time. The salt in the glue mixture is meant to prevent the plate from getting mildew, however I would also recommend ensuring that it is extremely dry between coats. When finished, allow to dry in a warm place for 2 days.
Step 6: When ready, remove plate from the mould and use scissors to trim around the edges of your plate, until you're happy with the shape.
Step 7: Decorate! Paint it with acrylic paints, collage with coloured paper, add glitter - get creative! When dry, varnish over the top with a gloss sealer for some added shine.
Step 8: Give it as a gift, or keep it for yourself!