This has got to be one of my favorite papier mache projects ever! It took a while to complete but was so worth it. Besides, I love long projects and think it’s a great opportunity for kids to slow down and take their time in this rush rush world!
Basically, my grade seven girls were learning about Ancient Greece and I jumped at the chance to create black or red figure inspired vases with a myth as the central image. The myth of course was written in their social studies class. Great way to integrate subjects don’t you think?
The ‘plan’ started out on paper, after a lengthy discussion about ancient Greek vases and an extensive image search on Google.
From the plan, the idea went onto scratch paper. This was fun and the designs were gorgeous. I like to use this paper in class and I made sure to pick out the papers with a red background. The girls loved this because their plan was starting to come to life!
Next was the construction of the vase using a large balloon, my favorite recipe for papier mache paste, recycled cardboard pieces for the stand, neck part of the vase and handles. Once complete, we used acrylic paint for the vase, details and myth. It is important you use good quality balloons because you run the risk of them popping too soon as the strips dry. If this happens, you’re back to square one!
My girls were amazing and I am in love with these incredibly gorgeous vases! What do you think?
Here is the paper mâché recipe I use:
Combine 1/2 cup all-purpose flour and 2 cups cold water in a bowl.
Add this mixture to a saucepan of 2 cups boiling water and bring it to a boil again. Remove from the heat and stir in 3 tablespoons of sugar. Let it cool and remember it will thicken as it cools. Once it does, it’s ready to use.
You can double this recipe and leave in the fridge for no longer than 3-4 days. Just add warm water before using it to get it back to the mâché consistency.
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