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Exciting Paper Mache Ideas for Kids to Explore

Here are some creative paper mache ideas that kids can make at home. From animals to food, these projects are perfect for developing their artistic skills.

paper mache ideas for kids to make

When you think about paper mache (aka papier-mâché or papier mache), the first thing that probably comes to mind is MESSY — and you would be right.

Paper mache involves dipping newspaper or magazine strips (or other paper) into a liquid-y, glue type mixture that will help the paper stick to a surface.

It can drip everywhere and create a mess, but it is also super exciting for kids to use to create!

The most popular crafts you may think of when talking about paper mache are pinatas, masks, and those erupting volcanoes you made in school.

However, there are so many other things you can make using this technique. I’ve collected a bunch of fun ideas and listed them for you below.

It is time to get a little messy and a lot of creative with some paper mache ideas!

From cute animal piggy banks to giant paper mache hot air balloons (okay, maybe not that giant), I’ve gathered a few fun ideas that will keep your kids entertained for hours.

Will Mod Podge work for paper mache?

Absolutely! You can use it straight out of the bottle, or if you find that it needs to be thinned a little bit, I would do that with water.

Normally I would never suggest watering down a decoupage medium, but we’re talking about kids’ crafts here. You can seal it when it’s complete with full strength Mod Podge if you decide to keep the item.

So grab your glue, some newspaper, and let’s get messy. Let me know what you think about these projects in the comments!

Paper Mache Ideas

Help children develop their artistic skills with these creative paper mache projects for kids.

If you enjoyed this list of paper mache ideas for kids, let me know in the comments! You will also love these other popular craft collections for children:

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