Tear paper or newspapers into fairly large pieces. We need 3 layers of paper to cover the balloon. Newspapers are great to use because of how well they absorb the paste. However, we suggest that to clearly distinguish one layer from the next, it's a good idea to alternate newspaper pieces with unprinted paper or colored paper.
Make your papier mache paste by mixing 2 parts white glue with 1 part water. This means that a 4 fl.oz bottle (118 ml) of white school glue needs ¼ cup (2 fl.oz. or 60 ml) water. Mix well.
Other ways to make papier mache paste include a flour-based recipe as well as liquid starch. See them at our papier mache paste page.