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Paper Sculptures

For this you need:
  • Newspaper
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • Large bowl for mixing
  • Spoon
  • Acrylic paint, in various colors
  • Paint brushes
  • Some blown-up balloons to use as a molds
  • As always imagination!

Mix the flour and a half cup of the water together in the bowl with a spoon. Keep the leftover water in case the paste gets too thick. You want it kind of liquidy. Once your paste is the right thickness, tear the newspaper into strips and soak them in the mixture.

Squeeze off the excess mixture and place the strip on the balloon. Repeat, placing more strips on top, so that you make a bowl or the full globe shape. (Note: if you do the globe make sure you insert a button, with a string or yarn attached to it, before layering the paper. Using the bottom where the end of the balloon is easiest, then you can hang it to dry because if it sits it will not be round.) Make sure your strips overlap because this makes it stronger. About 5 or 6 layers should be enough. Then leave it to dry overnight. Again if you do the globe shape, make sure to hang it to dry.

When it is dry, pop the balloon, and there's your bowl or your paper globe ready to decorate with the paint. The main thing is to have fun with this project. A variation is to add candy to a balloon before blowing it up and see if you can get enough candy inside to make a homemade piņata!

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