Sunday afternoon the question was asked, "Are we doing anything?" Rather than letting the moment pass and all the kids scurry off to their own isolating activities I said, "I'm going to make a paper mache helmet. Who wants to join me?" Most scurried off, but I started my preparations anyway knowing that I would likely entice a kiddo or two once they saw what was going on. It worked! I snagged Molly and she made a cute mouse and I made an elephant. We had no idea what we were going to make until we started. Most importantly we had a great time together.
Now if it's been a while since you did paper mâché in grade school don't worry--it's actually ridiculously simple. Here's how:
Simplest paper mâché recipe ever:
- Mix together:
- 2 cups white flour
- 2 cups water
- Newspaper: Tear into long strips.
- Balloon: Provides the form. You could use anything in any shape for the form.
- Dip strips into the mixture. Squeegee excess off between your index and middle fingers. Use three or more layers so it's strong enough.
- Paper plates: We used for the ears.
- Egg carton: For cat nose and elephant tusks
- Plastic cup: Elephant nose
- Paper clips: Bent into brackets to support ears from flopping down. Just cover with paper mâché.
You could also use:
- Pipe cleaners
- Craft foam
- Crumpled up paper
- Chicken wire
After it dries, which can take a few days, you can trim with scissors, cut eye holes, paint and decorate as you like.
Other ideas for things you can make:
- War helmets
- Anything you can imagine.
It's messy (which is part of the fun) and creative. Enjoy!