Wreaths (very cheap)

magazine wreath

Magazine wreath with paper mache birds.
I wanted this wreath to resemble a bird’s nest. I cut strips from magazines, curled them with a scissors and glued them to a wreath form.
The birds are also made from magazines using a special paper mache recipe. This is the reason I’ll be doing a series of paper mache projects this week. I made a full batch of the special paper mache paste which is enough to make paper mache crafts for weeks.
Here’s the recipe. I would cut it in half or even a fourth… it makes a lot of paste.
  • Combine ½ cup flour and 2 cups cold water in a bowl.
  • Boil 2 cups of water in a sauce pan and add the flour and cold water mixture.
  • Bring to a boil again.
  • Remove from heat and add 3 tablespoons of sugar.
  • Let cool. The paste will thicken as it cools.

Tear colorful magazine pages into thin strips and dip into the mixture. For these birds, I cut out cardboard templates and paper mached over the cardboard.

Let your paper mache thoroughly dry.

There you have it! 🙂 Happy making!
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