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Making Paper Mache Pulp

Making paper mache: There are two main types of paper mache - pulp and strips.  The pulp can be used for making solid shapes and strips can be used to add thickness. This page has directions on making paper mache pulp. 

You can use your paper mache pulp to form the main part of your figures or to add detail - like a nose brow ridge on a face.  You don't need to use all of your pulp at once, if you store it in an air tight container it will last for a while, but it will go off eventually so don't try hang onto it for too long! 

What you need for Making Paper Mache Pulp


First, tear your newspaper into small pieces (about 1 inch square).

Half fill a bucket or a pail with your pieces and then fill the pail with warm water.  Leave it to soak overnight.

The next day, mix with the electric mixer. Squeeze out the excess water and place the pulp in a large container.

Finally, squeeze paper mache paste into the pulp and mix well, until the mixture feels like clay.

And there you have it - the perfect pulp for your paper mache crafts. You can mold it into whatever shapes you desire - but, for my children, nothing beats making little people! In fact, we have enough paper mache people to fill a paper mache town!

To dry the objects you make with paper mache pulp, just leave them in an open place for 2 or more days. Alternatively, with the help of an adult, you can dry them in an oven set to a temperature of 150 degrees.

(Please note, though, that if you used the pulp to cover a balloon, you should NOT put it in the oven - just leave it to dry at room temperature instead). 

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