When you think of paper mache, you think of kids’ crafts. And that’s normal—most of us do. However, paper mache is so much more. And you can do so much more with it. So today I’ll show you a few ideas for items you can craft from paper mache.
All you have to do is let your creativity loose. Think outside the box for few minutes, and you’ll see how ideas are born out of nothing.
Now, masks are not just for kids. You can create adult masks from paper mache as well. The reality is that you have such a versatile ingredient, you can make anything out of it.
Let’s get the party started, shall we? The piñata is such a classic party item. Yes, kids love to hit the piñata and get all the candy out. But grown-up parties can benefit from some a piñata as well. In fact, many office parties include a piñata.
We are now moving into the fashion category. Who knew you could make jewelry out of paper mache? And not just simple jewelry. Once you have your beads ready, you can paint them in any color and take things to the next level. Beads are so versatile: you can use them in necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and anything else you can think of.
Once you get those creative juices flowing, things just happen. We have another perfectly creative and decorative piece here. Floral centerpieces are one of the most popular decorative items for spring. And when you make one from paper mache, your floral centerpiece will last the entire spring. Real flowers don’t last that long.
We are really taking things to the next level of crafting here. Honestly, I was a little surprised to find a tree stump stool made out of paper mache. And if you continue reading, you’ll be surprised by the variety of items you’ll find on this list.
Paper mache lamps will never be as beautiful as the real thing. However, paper mache allows you to express your artistic side. Not everything has to be beautiful, smooth, and perfect. Sometimes, shapes and textures that are a little out of the ordinary are more than welcome. And let’s be honest: some of us love the urban style for interior design. Paper mache lamps fit perfectly in that style.
You can look at the hot air balloon from different angles. You can look at it as a purely decorative item. Or you can take things to another level, and try to make a hot air balloon lamp. I leave it up to you.
Since we had some paper mache beads before, we now need an item in which we can store all those trinkets and jewelry. And what do you know—you can use paper mache for that as well! A trinket box can store anything you like, as long as it’s small. And truth be told, small items and crafts make the most clutter. So it’s nice to store them somewhere.
I’m sure you probably don’t need a peep hole frame. Most modern doors already have one. But just in case, I want to show you that you can make one from paper mache. And here’s a thought: use this for the kids’ room. That way your kids can have some privacy (but they might not let you in!).
We are now into the section for storing and serving. A gold bowl will make an excellent serving dish for candies. Or some chocolates. Whatever you like. Now you have an item you can use to serve your friends when they’re visiting your home.
The best part about a paper mache piggy bank? You can easily crush it and get your money. If you can make a piñata, you can also make a piggy bank. I’d recommend you save money for one year in the piggy bank, and then crush it just in time for your vacation. That’s what I do for my summer holiday, and then I always have money for my trip!
I think I mentioned a few times that paper mache is actually a highly decorative item. And now we see why: you can make different decorations with paper mache, and the faux coral is just one example. Try this one first, and then think of other decorations you’d like to make.
13. Paper Mache Pots
Another benefit of paper mache is that you can use it for practical items. We had a few practical items so far on the list, but the pots are probably one of the most common items. You can never have enough pots. And if you want to be unique, make them with paper mache.
This one takes the pot creation to the next level. You can say this item is a combination of the decorative faux coral and the paper pots. Whatever the case, I’m here to give you the step-by-step instructions. If you follow the guide, making this vase is a piece of cake.
Fair warning: your cat might destroy the house in a day or two. Some cats are just like that. They want to ruin things. But if your cat is peaceful and loves to take long naps, this house is perfect. To be fair, you can make some houses for alley cats as well. They deserve a home as well, don’t they?
Let’s finish with something your kids will love to play with—giant flowers made from paper mache. The best part is that you can get your kids to work on the flowers with you. Invite them to join the crafts party. They will feel included, and appreciate the flowers even more.
That’s all for today. I’m looking forward to your ideas for crafts made of paper mache.