Most of us have done a little papier mache in our time. It’s one of those crafts that shows up a lot in elementary school classrooms and summer camp arts and crafts lessons. But have you done any lately? I know I haven’t. But looking at this illustration of Muslim men painting papier mache ornaments over at Wikipedia, I may have been inspired. And so I thought I’d pass the inspiration on to all of you.
If you haven’t tried it in a while and are looking for a good, basic project with clear instructions, you might take a look at this older article at Molly Chicken on making these pretty papier mache bowls:
Believe it or not, this wall hanging also includes papier mache. It’s the work of artist, humorist, and author C. Pic Michel. Take a look at the gallery for more inspiration.
Or, for a more graphic – but tremendously fascinating and instructive – use of the craft, take a look at this papier mache model of the human heart created by Louis Thomas Jerome Auzoux:
Whether you’re looking for a fun project to keep the kids entertained, a bit of decoration for your home, or an interesting lesson in biology, papier mache is up for the job.
Now that’s a versatile technique!