Papier Mache

Thin Paste, Suitable For Papier Mache, Scrap Books and Collages

Luanne Taylor
Ranger Guider, 1st Mackenzie Rangers
Area Newsletter Editor, "Nuggets"
South Williston District, New Caledonia Area
Mackenzie, British Columbia, Canada

In a medium sized pan, mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup all purpose flour, and 1tsp powdered alum. Gradually add 2 cups water, stirring vigorously to prevent lumps (cold water seems to work best), and boil till clear and smooth -- stir constantly! Then add 1 1/2 cups more water. If you wish you can add oil of cinnamon or peppermint, to make it smell nicer, but not necessary... Stir till well mixed and store in a jar in the fridge for up to several months. This makes about 2 pints.

Try the drug store for the powdered alum, and I've always used peppermint extract from the grocery store...

Where To Find Powdered Alum And Oil Of Peppermint

Elizabeth Kilcullen (Liz)
Positions: (where do I begin)I am a Volunteer: Program Trainer and Developer, Certified Trainer of Trainers, Adult Development Trainer, Chair of the Council Be A Reader Program, Delegate to the Continental Association, Brownie Girl Scout Consultant, Member of: Council Recognition Committee, Annual Dinner Committee, Council Program/Property Task Group
Freedom Valley Girl Scout Council
East Norriton, Valley Forge, Pennsylvannia, USA

I have found these items at the craft stores. The oils can also be found at some drug stores or pharmacies.

Another Paste Idea For Papier Mache

Kathy Pechmann
Newsletter Editor - "the Acorn"
White Oaks Area
Ontario, Canada

Just go to the local paint store and pick up a box of wallpaper paste. Mix it with water. I think the ratio is 4 to 1 if I remember correctly, but it used to be printed right on the box.

Mixes up nice and smooth. Dries wonderfully. Doesn't cost much. A lot less hassle.