For this project we decided to make Valentine Love Birds. Aren't they cute! These were made by my own kiddos (5 years old).
- newspaper or paper towel
- masking tape
- flour (1 cup)
- water (2 cups)
- salt (1tsp)
To begin you need to deign your base or basic shape. There are many ways you can do this. Some people use balloons and some use newspaper or cardboard. To make our love birds, I decided to use newspaper. We scrunched the paper into balls and then taped two balls on top of each other. We also added a beak, made by folding a cardboard rectangle in half and then we taped it on as well.
Next you need to cut up strips of newspaper or paper towel and prepare your glue mixture. There are many different paper mache recipes. Some use white glue, some use rubbing alcohol, some use flour, some use salt, and the list goes on.... For our love birds I decided to use 1 cup of flour, 2 cups of water and a tsp of salt.
What you are left with is a nice goopy, globby, drippy concoction. This next step is defineately the fun part. You take the newspaper strips (or paper towel) one at a time and dip them into the mixture and then simply wrap them around your base. You keep doing this until you have about 3 layers and your entire base is covered. Some kids will not like touching the mixture and won't add enough layers and others will get right into it and have a drippy, soggy, blob. Just keep reminding them to add one layer at a time and to cover the whole area. The great thing about paper mache is that it is forgiving when it is wet. Simply pull off layers or add layers until you get your desired result. Then you have to let it dry. It will take at least overnight.
When it is dry, take a little sand paper and give it a quick sanding, just to take off all the left over flour globs and give it a smooth finish.
Lastly you get to paint it! Now you might want to give it a quick layer of white paint first as a primer coat before you get into the colored paint but that is up to you.
And voila! After adding some feathers our love birds were done just it time for Valentine's Day!
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