Paper mache is an ancient craft technique widely used in crafts for children and adults, which makes it a super fun activity to do as a family.
When the paper mache mixture is ready, it has the consistency of clay and is malleable. However, when it dries, it becomes hard and resistant.
Paper mache flowers are so easy to make and they work great as decorations. In this article I will explain to you step by step how to make paper mache and then how to use it to make a paper mache flower.
Read on to learn how to make a paper mache flower!
Paper mache flowers
The paper mache technique allows you to create an infinite number of crafts, however, one of the most beautiful and easiest crafts you can make are paper mache flowers.
With this tutorial you will be able to make many flowers to decorate your house, but first I want to share with you the recipe that I always use when I use paper mache.
Recipe to make paper mache
To make paper mache, you’ll need two (or three) ingredients: paper and glue. If you want to make a natural adhesive, you can choose to use flour and water instead of commercial glue. Also, have a large bowl, spoon, and scissors on hand.
To make the glue, start by mixing 1 part flour with 2 parts water in a large bowl, and mix until you achieve a smooth consistency without lumps. Then, dip the pieces of paper into the flour and water mixture that you have prepared so that they are soaked before using them.
To make paper mache you can reuse any type of paper that no longer works for you, it is an excellent way to reuse and recycle it.
How to make paper mache flowers
Now that you know how to prepare the paper mache mix let’s start with the diy paper mache flowers tutorial.
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Draw the shape of the petals or flowers on cardboard and cut them out. Make as much as you need to create your flowers.
Once you have your cardboard petals or flowers cut out start applying the paper mache. Add enough paper mache to cover the flower and shape each petal with your hands to give them a curved shape if desired.
When you’re happy with the results, let the paper mache flower dry in the sun. This drying process can take several hours or days.
If you have cut the petals separately, it is time to assemble the flower. Attach the petals using some glue or more paper mache.
Finally, once the flower is dry and assembled, you can paint it with acrylic colors to give it a nice finish.
Paper mache flowers are ready!
As you can see, it is a very simple and fast craft, which allows endless different alternatives.
I hope this tutorial will guide you to prepare your paper mache mixture and to assemble all the flowers you want. Try making lots of paper mache flowers in different colors and use them to decorate your home!