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How to Make Paper Mache Strips

Would you like to know how to make paper mache strips and how to use them for your kids paper mache projects?

I remember as a child using paper mache strips pasted on a balloon to make the base for a decorative bowl, and have also used this technique to make masks or animal figurines. 

It is messy and so much fun, the kids will have a blast.  One word of advice though, this would be a great activity for a nice day outside rather than inside the house!

What you need to make your Paper Mache Strips

  • old newspapers or construction paper
  • paper mache paste
  • large paint brush

Directions: How to Make and Use Paper Mache Strips

Tear a newspaper into strips, around 1 inch wide. To make it easier, tear the newspaper from the fold down.

Cover the strips with paper-mache paste. You can do this by pulling each strip through the paste, or you can spread the paste on each strip with a paintbrush.

Cover your object with paper-mache strips by pasting on a layer of paper mache strips in one direction. 

Then, just paste on another layer of strips in the other direction, so that they go across the first layer.

Finally, smooth down all of the strips. Repeat this process until you have put on four or more layers. 

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