Paper Mache But Better

It’s Handmade Monday again!  I hope you go and check out everyone else’s stuff I always see such cool stuff!

I stumbled across an interesting recipe for paper mache awhile back and saved it for another time because it looked messy and I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to make with it. I still wasn’t sure what to make with it, but I decided to try it anyway. I like recycling paper, and have made home made paper for cards in the past, so this seemed like a good project for me to try.

It turned out to be pretty easy to make, requiring minimal ingredients and tools but it took some time since it requires “cooking”. This also means that if you want to do it with kids you would need to be right there with them, and I would recommend you do that part for them. But it does make a nice smooth paper mache, and I was impressed with the results, in the end.

So, lets head over to Make It and you can see how I made Crazy Little Paper Beads.


  1. Kat says:

    Ah, paper mache. Brings back memories.

    I need to point out that you must stop posting things that look fun to make or create. My other half is getting sick and tired of the mess I keep making 😉

    • Susie says:

      Haha! It’s funny you say that. I spent all last week on the paper mache project and have decided that the next project (not blogged, lucky for all of you!) is to get the house back in order. It’s more fun to make projects, but things have gotten a little out of hand around here. I feel your pain. 🙂

  2. It sounds like you had a lot of fun! I guess you could make anything with this!

  3. Lau W says:

    I’m going to see that…love the handmade monday !

  4. Wendy says:

    I love the papier mache beads and it is an interesting recipe too 🙂

    I think this is something my granddaughter would enjoy making – and I think I might just enjoy it too! You could make these with salt dough too, I’m sure. I think they’d need to be well-varnished though as they might fall apart in the rain 🙂

    Thanks for taking part in Handmade Monday x

  5. Susie says:

    Thank you all. Yes, Wendy, I think this would be a fun project with kids, my boys would have loved this. We did the bread dough things when they were kids, but I was always disappointed because they didn’t last forever (after 20 or more years most of them have crumbled or broken beyond repair, very sadly). I can’t say if this will do better, but it appears much harder. Of course, in 20 years, I may not care. 🙂

  6. lisa says:

    i love the post and what a great twist on paper mache. I laughed at the addition of listerine!!
    What an unusal ingredient to add. Love the final result and the colours look great.

    • Susie says:

      Thanks and I thought the Listerine was a strange addition, but I guess it keeps it from molding? And, it will never have bad breath!

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