PAPER MACHE EASTER BASKETS
Grades: Gr. 3- 5| Age: 8 -11yrs | Written by: Kathy Boyte and Jamie
[Kathy is a teacher at Longwood Elementary in Shalimar, Florida]
[Jamie is a teaching assistant from Syracuse, NY]
Students can make Easter baskets using balloons and paper mache.
What You Need:
What You Do:
- white glue
- flour & water (or wallpaper paste)
- construction paper
- notions (ribbons, bows, varied flora)
- Blow up a balloon.
- Tie the string to the balloon and attach the paperclip. (This is to create a hanger for drying.)
- Cut the newspaper and the construction paper into strips.
- Mix the flour and water until you get the desired consistency, in a bowl to make paper mache paste. Add some white glue if the mixture isn't sticky enough.
Note: You can use wallpaper paste instead of flour and water.
- Dip the newspaper into the paper mache paste until completely soaked. Pull excess paste off with your hands.
- Next, spread the soaked newspaper around the balloon.
- Keep repeating this process until the balloon is completely covered.
- Hang the balloon to dry completely. This could take 24 hours, depending on humidity levels.
- When dry, pop the balloon. Pull on the string to remove the balloon.
You can create one basket or two...
- To create one basket: Cut an opening in the shape to create the appearance of an Easter Basket.
- To create two baskets: Cut the shape in half and staple strips of poster board to create handles.
- Paint the basket(s).
- Let the paint dry.
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