Tutorial and tips to make the best paper mache glue

paper mache glue

Paper mache is a technique that we learn from a young age to make crafts.

However, this craft technique has an ancient history, originating in China where it was used to make helmets for war, and whose name comes from the French expression papier mâché which means “chewed paper”.

Although you can buy paper mache glue, there are also several ways to do it at home and that is what you will learn to do here in an easy and effective way.

Few materials, great results.

Let’s get started!

Paper mache glue

For this paper mache recipe you will need few materials and two basic ingredients that you surely have in your house.

So if you’re wondering how to make paper mache paste, keep reading to learn how to do it at home with your own hands.

Essential materials:

  • Flour
  • Water
  • salt (optional)
  • mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Papers

Step 1: In the container mix one part of flour with two of water, for example: 1 cup of flour and 2 cups of water.

Step 2: Stir the ingredients to mix them until you get a homogeneous consistency without lumps. The consistency should be similar to white craft glue.

Step 3: Once the paste is ready, you can optionally add 1/2 tablespoon of salt for every cup of flour you used. This will help prevent mold growth.

Step 4: If you used hot water for mixing, let your glue cool down to avoid burns.

Step 5: Dip the paper strips in the paper mache glue to soak them before use.

Tips to get better results in paper mache paste

  • This glue doesn’t last long, so prepare the amount you need to use to avoid waste.
  • Use a disposable container, even better if it’s one you’re reusing, because if you allow the paper mache glue to harden in the container it will be hard to get out and you’ll probably waste water trying to clean it. For example, you can use a disposable salad bowl, yogurt container, or single-use coffee cup.
  • Optionally, you can sift the flour before mixing it with the water to prevent lumps from forming in the mix.
  • The water you use for the mixture can be cold or hot, but I recommend that it be hot (straight from the tap, it does not need to boil) so that the flour dissolves easily.
  • The paper you use can also be recycled. For example, you can use an old newspaper.
  • When you cover your work, first do it with 2-3 coats and let them dry completely.If you want to know how long to wait for it to dry, we will tell you in this article of how long does paper mache take to dry.


    Then you can add 2-3 more coats, wait for it to dry and continue adding more if you need to.

It’s super easy, fast, and cheap!
You can also see the following video of How to make paper mache glue with flour and water.

You're ready to work with your hands!

You now have all the information you need to make paper mache glue.
Here we leave you some ideas to do with the little ones, ‘paper mache ideas for kids

I hope you have fun making crafts with this paper mache paste and remember that it is also suitable for working with children to have a good time with the family. ♥