Papier-mâché or paper mache, French for “chewed paper”, is a composite material consisting of paper pieces or pulp, sometimes reinforced with textiles, bound with an adhesive, such as glue, starch, or wallpaper paste.

Starting around 1725 in Europe, gilded papier-mâché began to appear as a low-cost alternative to similarly treated plaster or carved wood in architecture. Henry Clay of Birmingham, England, patented a process for treating laminated sheets of paper with linseed oil to produce waterproof panels in 1772. These sheets were used for building coach door panels, amongst other structural uses. Theodore Jennens patented a process in 1847 for steaming and pressing these laminated sheets into various shapes, which were then used to manufacture trays, chair backs, and structural panels, usually laid over a wood or metal armature for strength. The papier-mâché was smoothed and lacquered, or finished with a pearl shell finish.”

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Today’s pick evolves the art and craft of paper mache and the wonderful designs this technique can offer.Used to generate beautiful accessories and decorations, the process is one of dedication and sustained work with creative and delicate end results. We have compiled a collection of 30 Crafty Paper Mache Projects You Can Try For Yourself this spring. Enjoy and feel free to share your thoughts and ideas in the comment section below.

Crafty Paper Mache Projects You Can Try

1. Seedling pots from Kids Chaos

1. SEEDLING POTS FROM KIDS CHAOS

2. Colorful Play village from Joyful Mama’s Place

2. COLORFUL PLAY VILLAGE FROM JOYFUL MAMA'S PLACE Paper Mache Projects-homesthetics.net (18)

3. Paper mache letters from Apex

3. PAPER MACHE LETTERS FROM APEX Mache Projects-homesthetics.net (1)

4. Pencils with a twist from Tiny Rotten Peanuts

4. PENCILS WITH A TWIST FROM TINY ROTTEN PEANUTS Paper Mache Projects-homesthetics.net (1)

5. Yarn bowl accent from Home Work

5. YARN BOWL ACCENT FROM HOME WORK

6. Hanging nests from Daily fix via Poppytalk

6. HANGING NESTS FROM DAILY FIX VIA POPPYTALK

7. Hanging lantern from Gartenzauber

7. HANGING LANTERN FROM GARTENZAUBER

8. Giant decorative “rocks” from My Lady of Gourds

8. GIANT DECORATIVE "ROCKS" FROM MY LADY OF GOURDS

9. Scrap fabric bowl from Bread & Buttons

9. SCRAP FABRIC BOWL FROM BREAD & BUTTONS

10. Confetti bowl from Home Work

 

10. CONFETTI BOWL FROM HOME WORK

11. Faux cactus garden from Design Sponge

11. FAUX CACTUS GARDEN FROM DESIGN SPONGE

12. Gold decorative bowls from Kelli Murray

12. GOLD DECORATIVE BOWLS FROM KELLI MURRAY

13. Heart ornaments from Paper Moss

13. HEART ORNAMENTS FROM PAPER MOSS

14. Bracelets via Hub Pages

14. BRACELETS VIA HUB PAGES

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15. Leaf bowl from Hello, Lucky!

15. LEAF BOWL FROM HELLO, LUCKY!

16. Doily lamp shade from 365 Days of Crafts

16. DOILY LAMP SHADE FROM 365 DAYS OF CRAFTS Paper Mache Projects-homesthetics.net (14)

17. Christmas balls from Blue Cricket Designs

paper Mache 17. CHRISTMAS BALLS FROM BLUE CRICKET DESIGNS

18. Dinosaur egg gift bags via Catch My Party

18. DINOSAUR EGG GIFT Paper Mache BAGS VIA CATCH MY PARTY

19. Modern paper mache lamp from Curbly

19. MODERN PAPER MACHE LAMP FROM CURBLY

20. Radiate Beauty heart is available here

20. RADIATE BEAUTY HEART IS AVAILABLE HERE

21. Delicate lamp from Papier a etres

21. DELICATE LAMP FROM PAPIER A ETRES

22. Hot air balloons here

22. HOT AIR BALLOONS paper mache HERE

 

23. Cat sculptures found on Flickr

23. CAT SCULPTURES FOUND ON FLICKR

24. Paper lamps found here

24. PAPER LAMPS FOUND HERE

25. Animal heads from lilblueboo

25. ANIMAL HEADS FROM LILBLUEBOO

26. Paper heart lamp

26. PAPER HEART LAMP

27. Hearts in glass from Flickr

27. HEARTS IN GLASS FROM FLICKR

28. DIY Paper bowl from Made in pretoria

28. DIY PAPER BOWL FROM MADE IN PRETORIA

29. Luminárias japonesas from Leroy Merlin Blog

29. LUMINÁRIAS JAPONESAS FROM LEROY MERLIN BLOG

30. Gold Planters from inredningsdesigne

30. GOLD PLANTERS FROM INREDNINGSDESIGNE

What do you think about these crafty paper mache projects? Which project would you try first?

We would love to hear from you in the comment section below !

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  • Safe and easy to apply, it creates no heat when drying like...

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