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    Paper Mache Boxes

    Hey hey everyone.
    I know that a lot of crafters like to include or sell gift boxes with their creations. Well I passed by a gift box on Etsy that was made Paper Mache style =]

    I would love to know how this is done!

    It would be so nice to have another things handmade to give to people.
    Im sure you could paint a picture on it, or stamp a message...

    If anyone knows of any helpful links, it would be greatly appreciated

    ~Mimii

    EDIT: Oh! Also is there a way to make paper mche water-proof? Like some sort of top coat or glaze or something?? Thank you!

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    Ok, if I were to do this, I would get a box about the size you want that is plastic so that the paper mache won't stick to the box. Mix up your paste (you can find a "recipe" for this very easily online, and tear up newspaper or paper into strips. I would use newspaper because it would also be recycling! Cover the box in a thick coating of the paper mache and let dry until it is almost dry and then peal it off the plastic box and let dry some more! You can put it in the oven to dry if you are brave - but watch it so that it doesnt catch on fire, and don't put it higher than 200 degrees.

    Once it is dry, you can paint it, or whatever you want to do - acts just like paper.

    There is also paper mache pulp, but I have to say, I absolutely HATED it! Plus, it molded when I used it and was REALLY hard to work with. The old fashioned newspaper and flour paste works so much easier!

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    Thank you Marcie, I really appreciate your help. Have any ideas on making the tops for the boxes??


 

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