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Making handmade crafts at home is a great way to boost up your creativity. Paper mache is a versatile medium that can be utilized for making a wide range of paper items ranging from balls, planets, faces, flowers, masks, boats, sabots, etc. It is a composite material made by mixing glue, gum, starch textiles, and the like that holds the paper materials together due to its heavy consistency.

Procedure

If you have the paper mache ready at hand, then you can directly start making the planets. It can also be prepared at home with common household materials. The glue has a thick consistency that immediately sticks papers and other materials on to the surface. Making the planets is not at all a difficult task.

Making the Paste
  • Boil 5 cups of water in a saucepan and add 1 cup of white flour to it. Stir the mixture continuously.
  • Now add 2 teaspoons of white glue to the mixture and keep stirring on a low flame.
  • Ensure that the flour has dissolved completely in the solution and no coagulation has taken place.
  • You can adjust the consistency by adding the desired amount of flour and water.
  • Let the mixture cool to form a smooth paste.
Making the Planets
  • The glue will be utilized for pasting the papers and fixing them tightly on the artificial planets.
  • They could be made from balloons, thermocol, cardboard or molded round shaped structures.
  • Refer to a model of solar system for their size. Start inflating the balloon according to the size of the planets and keep them aside.
  • The same can be made with cardboard also. For that, you have to buy a moderately hard cardboard paper and then roll it in the form of a ball. Ready-made cardboard balls are also available in departmental stores.
  • You will require large amount of newspaper for covering the spheres.
  • Cut strips from newspapers having approximate size of 7-8 inches in length and 3-4 inches in width.
  • Cover the balloons with these strips using the glue.
  • Apply heavy coats of glue on the strips so that they do not fall off.
  • Follow the same procedure for coating the cardboard balls.
  • Let them dry overnight before you proceed with the coloring.
  • Once dried, start painting with specific colors to make them look original.
  • To bring out the color, you can also replace newspapers with blank white sheets.
  • Dry the balloons and then hang them on a plastic stand having 9 arms for the planets and a centrally located axis for the sun.
  • The stand could also be created with the help of a cardboard. Cut out 9 long strips of cardboard and a comparatively thicker strip separately.
  • Make the axis with the thick strip and secure the other strips with glue and woolen threads to its stem.
  • Add a hook at the end of each arm and fix the balloons.
Paper mache is a cheaper alternative to plasters and expensive glues. The water-flour mixture is an excellent adhesive capable of holding papers and fabrics firmly on specific substrates. Apply this idea for making any type of craft work to get a good result in a cost-effective manner.