How To Paper Mache – FLOUR VS GLUE 📍 How To With Kristin

How To Paper Mache – FLOUR VS GLUE 📍 How To With Kristin

hey guys it’s Kristin so in today’s
video I’m gonna not only show you how to do paper mache but I’m gonna show you
two different recipes that you can use I’ve seen a lot of different variations
of recipes online and I’ve tested a few of them and the two that I’m going to
show you are the best ones that I found make sure you guys stay to the end
because I’m going to show you a couple things not to do and I’m also going to
show you projects that you can do with paper mache because you might be like
well who does that anymore unless you’re like in kindergarten but there’s
actually a lot of fun things you can do with this so wait to the end to check
those out for this first recipe we’re going to be using flour so what you’ll
need is one cup of flour one cup of warm water 1/2 a tablespoon of salt and then
a fork or spoon or maybe a mixer just anything to mix around your ingredients
then you also need a dish a pan just something to put it in I recommend
something you can just throw away after so we’ll start by adding in the flour
now I do recommend if you can try to break up some of these clumps before you
add the water in it will help a little bit and now I’m gonna add in the warm
water so I’m just gonna do a little bit maybe 1/2 mix it around and then we’ll
add the other half it makes it just a little easier to mix it and you don’t
feel worried about splashing everywhere so it should be really thick and pasty
at first and I’m already getting flour everywhere so now we’re gonna add the
other half in alright so I’m gonna just mix this up and they’ll come back to you
guys because this is gonna take a minute or two just to get fully mixed alright
so I’ve got this mix up pretty well there is a few clumps in here so do your
best to get the clumps out now we’re gonna take the salt and just sprinkle
this on top here now you might be asking why salt really it just helps preserve
your project and keeps it from getting moldy so this is the consistency it
should be it should run off your fork if you hold your fork or spoon up and it
just gets stuck you do not have enough water make sure before you start this
project you have your strips of newspaper cut and ready to go because
sometimes the glue mixture and the flour mixture can start hardening up and
thickening up very quickly so having that ready to go is going to be much
better for all right so now I’ve got all my stuff
ready to go I do recommend getting some sort of a bowl because it’s gonna be
easier to place your balloon inside of it to hold it in place all right so I’m
just gonna take my strip of paper and kind of just place it right in there not
too much and you can see it’s gonna be very thick so what I’m gonna do is just
kind of run my finger over to get some off and then use that same finger to
just kind of wipe it on the back just make sure both sides are completely
covered with your mixture now when you first place this on here the balloon is
gonna be weighted so it’s gonna want to fall over like that so you’re just gonna
have to kind of hold it with one or let it fall there we go
got a balance perfect so now I’m gonna dunk the next one in there and it’s just
because it’s falling over because the weight right balloons are pretty much
weightless and then we’re putting this a heavy thick stuff on it so I’ll put
another one on this side just to kind of even the weight out and then what I like
to do is smooth it out so I don’t know if you could see there’s like some bumps
there just make sure it’s smooth out like that so now I’m just gonna continue
and we’re gonna get the whole thing covered as you’re applying the newspaper
after you do maybe you know I don’t know five ten strips you may want to rinse
your hands off because what’s gonna start happening is the board you use the
flour mixture or the glue it’s gonna start getting a buildup on your hands
and your hands are gonna get really sticky which is gonna be harder for you
to like grab the newspaper and keep applying it it’s just your hands and
everything will start sticking to each other so it does help if you can rinse
your hands off a few times while you’re applying the newspaper all right so I
got everything covered you definitely want to look it over and make sure you
don’t see any of the color so that mines like a bright green if I see anything
even if it’s covered but I can still see the green it’s most likely not thick
enough so put another piece of paper over it now for our second option and
we’re going to be using glue so what you’ll want to do is have one cup of
glue or two of these bottles a half a cup of warm water and then one teaspoon
of salt and then again a fork a spoon or mix or something like that and then
we’ll also need some sort of bowl or dish to mix it around to make the glue
mixture we’re gonna start by adding in 1 cup of glue or two of these containers
now we’re going to add our warm and now we’ll start mixing this around
so again this is gonna take a few minutes so I’m gonna get all of this
mixed and then I’ll show you what the next step is all right so I’ve got this
all mixed up and it should be kind of a creamy consistency so you can see it
still looks like glue but it’s like watery glue so if this looks more
translucent where it looks more like water you don’t have enough glue in here
so it should just look like very soupy glue and now we’re gonna add our salt in
and we’ll mix that around all right now as I mentioned earlier in
the video I’m you might see a lot of recipes online where the glue to water
ratio is equal so like one cup of each or two cups of each when I tested this
it did not work for me it was way too watery so I don’t recommend that
particular recipe we’re gonna do the same thing with that we’re gonna just
stick the paper in there and then I’m just gonna wipe it down a little bit
make sure it’s on both sides no you will notice that this is gonna be much more
watery than when you do the flour mixture the mixture with flour is gonna
be very thick it’s like if you’ve ever made dough this is gonna be a lot more
watery so it’s a little bit you’re some people have that as a preference because
it goes on a little bit easier your hands will get sticky though just like
it did with the flour so you will probably have to do a little rinse off
here and there but we’re just gonna cover the whole balloon and then I’ll be
right back with you you are going to want to make sure you do two to three
layers of the newspaper when using the glue mixture all right so I’ve done
multiple layers I did about total of three layers on this balloon so now all
we have to do is set this aside somewhere and let it dry for at least 24
hours now when you’re letting these dry you can either let them sit in a dish
like this the only downside is you will have to rotate this probably once an
hour because what will happen is all the glue will start going to the bottom and
it could get stuck also it may leave a circular indentation along the bottom of
your paper mache project so you will want to keep rotating these if you’re
gonna leave them in a dish the other option you have is to take some string
and then we’re going to tie it around the
of the balloon and hang it somewhere alright so here I’ve hung these in our
garage just off this table and that way I don’t have to worry about them sitting
in a dish rotating them I can just leave them here for anywhere from 24 to 48
hours and then we’ll come back and check on them now you are gonna want to put
down some newspaper and more specifically for the balloon with the
glue mixture because it will fall to the bottom and start dripping so this is
about an hour to two hours after and you can see there’s a puddle of glue so this
is exactly why you would want to make sure you have a newspaper put down
alright so I’ve got both of my balloons completely dried
it’s been almost 48 hours so we’re gonna test and see how these turned out I do
notice right off the bat this one with the flower does seem a little more firm
it can’t really push on it too much there’s a little bit of slack but on
this one it’s a little more flexible I guess is the word but let’s cut it open
and see what we’ve got we’ll do the flower one first alright so I’m gonna
start the flower 1 we’ll just cut the balloon so it’s kind of like I can feel
it deflating inside if you can hear it so you can cut see in there the balloon
completely deflated and it’s just kind of sitting in there so as far as the
mache I feel like it held up really well I feel like this is pretty firm it’s not
really collapsing or anything so I think it turned out really good let’s do the
other one we’ll do the same thing I’ll just kind of cut the side here and then
I’m gonna try to cut some of this back a little bit I can kind of hear it coming
off alright so with this one I don’t know if
you can see it the like coloration on it do you see how the inside looks like
green that is because the balloon did not pull back you guys can’t see what
I’m doing I’m trying to pull the balloon off there that came off alright now as
far as this one goes this does actually feel pretty firm if you know whatever
project you were doing this would definitely work the insides really
smooth so I think as far as the paper mache part goes they both turned out
really good so just a couple quick pros and cons regarding each recipe so I did
notice with the flour mixture it was a little thicker and it was more
sticky and a little Messier to apply but I only had to apply one layer of
newspaper it does have a little bit of a rough texture to it so that could affect
when you’re painting it and stuff but on the other side it is a lot more firm so
it’s gonna be probably more durable now with the glue recipe it was much
easier to mix and to apply it was a lot more watery and I didn’t get as much of
it all over my hands and it was a lot easier to use the downside is I did have
to apply three layers so it took a lot more time it does have a much smoother
surface there isn’t a lot of rough edges or anything like that and I don’t know
if this is a pro or con but it is a little more flexible so if you’re
looking for something like that that might be a pro but if you’re not then it
could be a con both of these pretty much had the exact same drying time so that’s
not really a factor at all and you can see that the one with the flower is much
lighter so that could actually work as a primer as well so it’s really going to
come down to you know what type of project are you doing and what’s going
to be best for you but I do recommend the two recipes that I’ve listed in the
video description alright guys so that’s it for today’s
video I hope you liked it and if you did please give me a thumbs up also if
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74 thoughts on “How To Paper Mache – FLOUR VS GLUE 📍 How To With Kristin

  1. Hey love, been binge watching you all day. 😁 With halloween 2 months away could you please do a diy "werewolfs head on a stick" like little red riding hood killed the wolf and now walks with his head on a stick. Idk thought it might be fun 🙂

  2. 5:56 I would show this at school but I dont want anyone snickering at the fact that it says sex on one of the paper mache slips.

  3. Yessss!! this video was very informative and your delivery was direct and super easy to understand. Thank youuuu!!!

  4. Hello! I'm a little confused – your audio recipe says 1 cup glue, 1/2 cup water, 1 tsp salt. However, the picture in the video shows 1 cup glue, 1 CUP water and 1 tsp salt. Confusing… so is it really, 1 cup glue and 1/2 water? Thanks!

  5. Put a marble in the balloon before you blow it up so it will help keep it steady when you apply the first few strips 🙂 I had no idea you could paper mache with flour. Thanks for sharing !

  6. If you cook your flour paper mache glue a bit, you get a smooth consistency glue doesn't leave you needing to sand so much. 1 cup flour; 1/3 cup sugar; 2 cups water (and a tsp acid). It'll be thin but heat it, whisking or stirring constantly til it's the consistency that you want. You can thin it later when you want to use it. 🙂

  7. Great tutorial. I've done both & basically came up with the same results. I subscribed as soon as it was done. Waiting to see what else u can teach me.🤗🙋🏾‍♀️

  8. I use paper mache for building weapons, tools, accessories, etc. for cosplaying purposes. This was very helpful~! Thanks!

  9. Wow this helped alot. but one thing what if you add the flour ,one first , then wait until it drys then, add the glue one would it work?

  10. Wonder what would happen with a flour/glue hybrid paste? The glue itself is flexible, hence the flexibility in the finished product. While the glue finish is smoother than the flour, it's VERY difficult to sand if you want to try and make it even smoother. Flour-based paper mache is actually sandable. Thanks for the vid!

  11. Great video and thank you for sharing this video and your thoughts! And, I think another bonus of the Flour over Elmers Glue, is that Flour is more Eco-Friendly. Elmers is 99.6% plant matter, which is great, but the other 0.4% contains Polyvinyl Acetate (PVA), which has some long term environmental considerations. PVA industrial practices are worth considering and comparing to the industrial practices involved in making Flour. When we consider how many kids and adult Paper Mache projects are created every day around the world, it seems worthy to consider that for every 996 gallons of Elmers that are used, there are 4 gallons of chemicals that will remain. As a parent, I have been trying to consider these topics more, as well as share the thought process about product life-span, discussing fashion, drafting, prototyping, and iteration, and appreciating the long-term impact of our creations with my 2 daughters. I feel like these two construction techniques are a great opportunity and primer for Social Empathy discussion with our children and peers, and I really appreciate that your video helped me and my family with our project. 😀

  12. you lost me at 1:03 when you suggested just throwing away the dish pan after this project… wash? rinse? repeat? recycle?? jeez. it ain't hard to do little things better…

  13. Wow.very good video presentation you answer all my questions about the different mixtures I really appreciate your upload thank you very much

  14. with the flour method, there is no reason to toss the container. you're basically making bread dough without the yeast. soak it to clean.

  15. Want to make my own biodegradable garden beds thanks for the way to make papermache with out gross chemicals!

  16. I hands down prefer the glue recipe. I apply the glue with a brush…much faster and neater than dipping the paper strip and then wiping it off with fingers. Also, for me the glue method dries much, much faster than the flour recipe does…but instead of Elmer's school glue I used Alene's, and it was thinned a little more than in this video. Use the brush to smooth out the paper on your armature, as you work the glue gives the paper more elasticity than the flour recipe and results in a much smoother surface…that's been my experience. Yeah, you do have to apply more layers, but for me it's far more worth the effort. I'll only add that every artist/crafts person develops their own method…so don't hesitate to experiment to achieve what suits you best.

  17. Okay when I first tried doing mines with newspapers it kept popping why is that? If you could please reply that would be a blessing 💖 I work with children and this is something we’re doing and I want it to go smoothly without any balloon 🎈 popping

  18. Incredibly clear and useful video, thank you so much! Was contemplating ordering some new glue today but instead I can just try the flour recipe later on. 🙂

  19. Did you put glue in the flour mix? Did you boiled the water, or did you just put it in the microwave? Thanks for your help!

  20. If you use cold water it will be less likely to clump up. When I make my flour and water roux for gravy I always use cold water and I have no lumps in my gravy.

  21. Professional cooks know that to get a smooth flour mix easily you start with COLD water then when smooth add hot water to thicken .

  22. Wonderful job with this video, Kristin. You are so personally engaging and bright, it is fun to watch. I wanted to say, and you probably know – one can sand the roughness off the dried flour papier mache with very fine sandpaper.

  23. The text for the glue recipe says to use 1 cup of glue to 1 cup of water but you say to use 1 cup of glue to 1/2 cup of water.

  24. Hi. I am making a super sized head mask so all the info was really helpful but I would like to know if there was a difference in the weight of the end product? Was the flour heavier?

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