Jul 12, 2011

Paper Mache House

I was inspired by artist Maize Hutton to make paper mache houses that could actually double as storage for toys, etc. All you need is some cardboard, mache and paint, and you can make a lightweight yet sturdy and colorful container.
1. Cut five 10" squares from corrugated cardboard and tape together into an open box, covering the seams well with duct tape. Cut rectangles and triangles to fit top and tape together as well.
2. Dipping strips into paper mache (see Paper Mache Bowl project for recipe), cover box and top outside with one layer of newspaper. Wrapping strips around the seams and edges with help make a more polished look. Let dry for 24 hours or until hard.

3. Dip strips of paper towel in mache and cover box and top outside with one layer. Wrap strips around the seams and edges again. Smooth often with hands to eliminate bumps. Let dry for 24 hours or until hard.
4. Paint box and house with acrylic paints. After the paint is dry, a cover of Mod-Podge will protect the surface for years to come.

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