by Melissa Jaramillo and Julie Snyder
Paper mache is fairly easy to do, but incredibly messy. Without a doubt you will wish to work in old clothes and cover your work surface with newspaper. If the weather is nice I've even moved this one outdoors! Please do not let these warnings discourage you however. The end result is one that offers a sense of pride and accomplishment for your child (and you!)
Our project today will be to create a Paper Mache Piggy Bank! These little guys are fun to make, adorable to look at, and serve a practical purpose as well! Simply follow the instructions and allow your child to be prepared that this is a project that can take a few days 'til completion.
In a small bowl, combine 1 cup of water with ¾ cup of flour. Stir together until fully blended. If necessary, add up to ¼ cup more flour or water until you are able to obtain a smooth consistency. Heat 4 cups of water to boiling and then stir in flour mixture from bowl. Allow to simmer on low for 2½ to 3 minutes and then cool. This will serve as your "glue". (Optional tips: Add ½ teaspoon of salt into boiling mixture to reduce chance of mold. Add several drops of wintergreen oil (can be purchased at drugstore or grocers) to help your paste last longer.
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Julie Snyder is a mom of six, interested in kids, pregnancy, birth, people and lives in the outlying Seattle area. Melissa Jaramillo is mom to many. She's passionate about building, encouraging, and strengthening families on this adventure known as parenthood!
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