Papier Mache Balloon

Papier mache is a popular method of creating three-dimensional projects. Paper bound with a strong adhesive dries into a sturdy shell that takes the form of its mold. In this procedure, a balloon is used as the mold for the papier mache. The balloon-shaped papier mache can be decorated into a mini hot air balloon, Easter eggs, papier mache animals, and other papier mache projects.

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Papier Mache Balloon

Materials

  • Balloon
  • Newspapers or paper for recycling
  • White glue or papier mache paste
  • Paint brush (optional)

Steps

Step 1 Papier Mache Balloon Ask for an adult's help1. Blow air into a balloon until you reach the desired size. Remember a smaller balloon is easier to papier mache, especially for young children.
Step 2 Papier Mache Balloon 2. Tear paper or newspapers into fairly large pieces. We need 3 layers of paper to cover our balloon. Newspapers are great to use because of how well they absorb the adhesive. However, we suggest that to clearly distinguish one layer from the next, it's good to alternate newspaper strips with unprinted paper.
Step 3 Papier Mache Balloon 3. Make your adhesive or papier mache paste by mixing approximately 2 parts white glue with 1 part water. See alternative papier mache paste recipes you can use.
Step 4 Papier Mache Balloon 4. Transfer some papier mache paste into a shallow tray. Dip a piece of paper into the paste and let the paper soak in the paste.
Step 5 Papier Mache Balloon 5. Shake off excess paste and lay the piece on the balloon. Smoothen out the paper with your finger.
Step 6 Papier Mache Balloon 6. Repeat this process, overlapping the paper pieces as you cover the entire surface of the balloon. You'll find it easier and less messy if you set the balloon on top of a bucket or bowl as you work with your papier mache.
Step 7 Papier Mache Balloon 7. You may also use a paint brush to smoothen out the edges of the paper pieces.
Step 8 Papier Mache Balloon 8. Make a second layer. If you followed our tip about alternating the newspaper strip layer with an unprinted or colored layer of paper, you'll find it easy to finish a layer without missing any spots or over-layering certain areas.
Step 9 Papier Mache Balloon 9. Make a third layer.
Step 10 Papier Mache Balloon 10. Let your papier mache dry completely. This may take around 2-3 days.

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