Paper Mache is a fun activity to do and it’s a lot less sticky for the kids if you make your own paste without PVA glue.

It’s easy, quick, works just as well and you can make it today from ingredients in your pantry.

How to make your own paper Mache paste


  • 2 cups of cold water
  • 3/4 of a cup of flour
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar


  1. Put 1 cup of water in a saucepan and bring it to the boil.
  2. While this is boiling, whisk 1 cup of water with 3/4 of a cup of flour.
  3. When the water boils, add in the water/flour mix and simmer for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat and stir in 2 tablespoons of sugar.
  5. Leave it until it’s cool enough to use.
  6. Get crafting. Cut or rip strips of paper or newspaper and make layers (drying between each layer). Balloons are the easiest to start with, make planets or a hot air balloon; the possibilities are endless.

Give it a try and let me know how you go. Please add your comment below.

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  • I remember making glue from flour and water when I was a kid. I was then really upset when a few months later my scrap book was covered in mould


  • I have made quite a few paper mache items in my life and I’ve only ever used flour and water. I’ve never heated anything nor added sugar. I wonder what difference this makes to the end product?


  • handy to know this method! i never have any/enough glue for paper mache crafts. thanks


  • What a great activity and so easy!


  • I have done this many times but have never used the sugar, good tip


  • Warning : if your children have coelic disease make sure you use gluten free flour.
    I can remember covering a carton with paper mache. We covered it with strips of newspaper first, then use pictures from magazines which Mum had been given. When we did assignments we often used pictures connected to the details in it. Mum used to clip them from the magazines before either passing them on to somebody else or putting them in the recycle bin. The clippings were kept in the carton. When we needed one we would go through the clippings to see if anything was connected to our assignment that we could use. I think it may have gained us a few marks.


  • What a great idea and live the fact it does not have pva in it


  • Tried doing this a while ago and failed miserably. Didn’t have this recipe though! Hopefully now I can make it without fail!


  • Thank you i have been trying to find a decent recipe for ages!


  • I’ve never used the sugar with the paste before. My nanna used to add salt to her flour/water mix, but I’ve just used the flour/water. I wonder what the sugar does? Maybe it will help it keep longer???


  • Wow, doesn’t this take me back to my childhood. Funny how paper mache didn’t seem so easy back then.


  • I usually just use corn flour and water. Does the sugar make it work better?


  • Fantastic! Thank you very much for sharing! Looking forward to trying it! :D


  • Paper mache is always fun !!


  • Aw, I remembering doing this when I was younger and making pinatas! Great to find one that’s low tox and doesn’t use glue.


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