Chewed Paper

I remember making paper mâché in elementary school.  It’s still just as fun.  Recently, while checking out Target’s dollar spot, I spied a cute hexagon tray.  For a buck, I had to have it.  I think I’ll use this one in the kitchen, to hold our oil bottle, salt, and pepper.  But I got a two for one special by using this tray as a paper mâché form.  I dug out a few sheets of newspaper, mod podge, an old brush, and got to work.

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To protect my tray, I wrapped it in aluminum foil and 1/2 inch-ish strips of paper.

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Laying all strips in the same direction, I mod podged one piece on, then covered it with another layer.

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For each following layer, I rotated my strips to cross the last.

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After about 10 or 12 layers, I called it quits and let it dry.

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After letting it dry for 24 hours, I used a utility knife to cut the edge.  I slipped in a few places and some corners don’t quite line up.  But it’s a fun little project.  I painted the inside gold and the outside navy.

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I’ve got plans to jazz up the entry, so this dude will come in handy.

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And I can make more.  I might try one with prettier paper and skip painting…  Have you made any paper mâché recently?

Oh, and the Spruce book giveaway will end this Wednesday, so go enter to get your hands on an awesomely useful book!

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3 thoughts on “Chewed Paper

  1. I picked up that tray and put it back because I couldn’t think of a good use for it. Until now…..Bingo!
    I love those two different colors and the great contrast! Way to get your money out of a $1 tray!

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