Basket of Paper Mache
Everyone has been there. Trying to find a craft to do for a craft swap or with your children and you find yourself at your wits end. What type of craft will people like and if you are not particularly crafty, what craft is easy to do.
When you are looking for an easy craft, I always recommend making a paper mache craft. They are usually very easy to do and the basic projects can be done by young and old alike. If you are looking for a craft that will wow people around you, I always recommend paper mache baskets.
These baskets are perfect for any time of year and you can make them as a decoration for your shelves or for a special holiday such as Easter.
What you Need:
- Paper Mache Paste
- Masking Tape
- Large Round Balloon
- Blow up the balloon and tie it closed. When you are blowing up the balloon, you want a round shape to it. Do not blow it up too much where you lose that shape.
- Place the balloon in a plastic cocktail glass to keep it from falling off of your workspace.
- Make your paper mache paste, I recommend reading The Step by Step Guide for Making Amazing Paper Mache Creations for the best recipes and set aside.
- Cut the newspaper into 1 inch strips.
- Dip the newspaper into the paper mache paste and remove. Wipe away the excess so you have damp paper without lumps of paste on them.
- Wrap the entire balloon with the paper mache paper. You want to make sure that you are crisscrossing the paper so that it creates a stronger paper mache.
- Add extra paper mache paper around the knot of the balloon.
- Continue to add paper until the balloon is evenly covered with 3 to 4 layers of paper mache.
- Set on a flat surface to dry completely. You will need to rotate the balloon during the drying process to ensure that it dries evenly.
- Once the paper mache is dry, insert a pin and pop the balloon.
- Using a utility knife, cut the paper mache globe in half or shape it to the way that you have the shape you want.
- To create the handle, cut out a piece of cardboard into the shape of your handle.
- Tape it into place with the masking tape.
- Make up a fresh batch of paper mache paste and cover the handle with paper mache. You want about 3 to 5 layers for the handle and make sure that you pay special attention to where it is being held.
- Once it is covered, set it aside to dry completely.
- When it is dry, paint it and decorate it the way you want.
If you are interested in learning more about paper mache crafts and want more crafts to do with your whole family, I recommend reading, Step by Step Guide to Family Paper Mache Crafts.