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The Art of Paper Mache and Paper Costumes

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One of our favorite holidays is upon us: HALLOWEEN!! We love the smell of autumn in the air, the themed candies at grocery stores, and the excitement of children thinking of creative costumes. A very EASY and AFFORDABLE costume solution is to use PAPER!!

Paper Mached Angry Birds

Our favorite, albeit messy, way of creating something out of paper is through Paper Mache. It is a combination of flour, water, and paper that drys and forms a hardened surface. Here are 3 ways to make Paper Mache:

-3/4 white glue to 1/4 water (or if using a good, thick glue, like elmers you can do 1/2 and 1/2)

-1 part flour to 5 parts water… boil about 3 minutes and let cool

-1 part flour to 1 part water. Stir together.

Dip your newspaper or brown paper bag strips into one of these concoctions and cover a surface with a paintbrush. Let it dry and voila!! You’ve got a form. Here are detailed image instructions.

Paper Mached Teapot

Other fun paper costumes:

Paper_Iron_Man_CostumeConstruction Paper Iron Man

Stormtrooper-Costume-Girls-Paper-PlatesPaper Plate Stormtrooper

Whats YOUR creative costume this year?