As mentioned already last week, we went to a little Hobbycraft event a couple of weeks ago and left totally inspired. Last week was all about decoupage for kids, this week is all about papier mache!! Basically, we saw some adorable little hen and bunny baskets for purchase and thought “ooh could MAKE that” and asked Hobbycraft if they would mind us doing so. They said “go ahead, anything that gets people crafting is good by us”! Hooray! So the design is by “them”, the “process” is by “us”. Thank you for letting us copy it.. and if the craft below is too much work for you, pop over to Hobbycraft and just buy it!
Materials: Papier Mache paste (we made our own, see below), tissue paper in the required colours (ALL our tissue paper is recycled), balloon, brush, felt pieces (craft foam would be great too), feathers (optional, you could use felt too), wider ribbon for “handle”.
To make papier mache paste: mix 1 part flour, to 2 parts water – microwave at full eat. Keep stirring every 1minute or so, until you have a thick paste, let cool
Note: making papier mache from flour means that it has yellow/ cream colour – which means that if you use white tissue paper for your craft like us, you will not get a “brilliant white” finish. If you do want a white white finish – use store bought paste. We however didn’t mind!
1) To help us get a neat ish edge, I drew on a line of where to papier mache – note the little bump at the front for the face! The pen DID come off onto the finished basket, which we the trimmed off. So do bear that in mind when drawing it on.
2) We decided to use paint brushes for this session, as my kids have decided they don’t like the feel or papier mache paste. So I guess… we are doing “decoupage” but with papier mache! Same principle – use your brush to apply the glue, add a layer of tissue and then add more glue on top – soaking the tissue through. Pip Squeak (3yrs), helped me make a white baskets for a hen and a pink basket for a bunny. Red Ted (5yrs) then got interested and did a blue bunny… I would have loved to “only” do the hens, as those are the ones that (!) really liked, but the this was about what the kids wanted to do!!
3) Apply a good 4-5 layers if not more – tissue paper after all is thinner that newspaper and will need to be stronger. Take special care to have a thick layer around the edge – as this gives your basket structure later on.
4) Let dry on a plate – prop up if necessary.
5) Once dry, carefully pop your balloon – peel off all the bits and trim your baskets.
6) Then get your embellishments – we used felt and feathers and some pompoms. I cut all the bits out the kids glued them on. This is a time when “cheap acrylic” felt is better, as it is quite stiff and will “stand up”. Better quality felt is quite floppy. If you have floppy felt, just stick a layer of card behind it first. Or use some craft foam instead. Add feathers for wings – or cut wings from felt. The bunnies got pom pom feet and cotton wool tails.
7) Finally, make some small holes, thread threw some bright ribbon for a handle and you are all set to go Easter egg hunting!!