Things You'll Need
- Large mixing bowl
- 7 1/2 cups water
- 7 1/2 cups flour
- Two 3-by-3-foot sheets of cardboard
- 5 to 10 old newspapers
- Roll of duct tape
- Watercolor paint
- Spool of black string
Papier mache crafts make great projects for grade-school children. The necessary materials are widely available: You may even be able to find them lying around the house. There are multiple ways to make papier mache bases and paste, so you have options when it comes to materials. The greatest benefit is that papier mache materials are cheap and can be bought on almost any budget. You can buy everything you need for under $20 at hardware stores, hobby shops or department stores.
Cut a violin shape out of a cardboard sheet. Lay the shape over the other cardboard sheet and cut around the shape's edges. You now have two identical violin sheets.
Crumple three sheets of newspaper and arrange them in a triangle on top of one violin shape. Place the other violin shape on top of the first. The newspaper wads should hold the shapes about 3 inches apart. Wrap duct tape around the body in the center, near the bottom and at the neck of the violin.
Mix 7 1/2 cups of flour with the same amount of water to make your paste. Stir until completely blended. This mixture can be stored for up to two days in your refrigerator if sealed with plastic wrap.
Cut the remaining newspaper into strips. Dip the strips individually into your paste bowl. Leave them long enough for the paper to saturate. Wrap the saturated strips around the cardboard body until it is completely covered. Allow 24 hours to dry. Add more layers as desired.
Paint your papier mache violin light brown if you have paint. If you wish to add strings, push four thumbtacks into the lower part of the body and two on each side of the head. Wind a string between each tack on the body and the head; tie each end to the plastic part of the thumbtack.
If you would like to make a bow, twist a piece of newspaper into a "stick" about two feet long. Bend it at the ends. Wrap this in papier mache strips. Wind string between each end until you have "haired" your bow.
Ben Beers began writing professionally in 2010. He has written content for Zemandi.com and Dorrance Publishing, Inc. He studied anthropology at Miami University before leaving to write professionally.