DIY: Handmade Paper Mache Pencil Holder

Have you got loads of newspaper lying around? Are you feeling crafty? Well, you have come to the right place.

In this tutorial, I will be telling how you can turn your old newspapers into something good-looking and useful. So follow along.

Step 1: Required Material
  1. Loads of newspaper (obviously)
  2. Flour (to make glue)
  3. Water (to make glue and paper mache clay)
  4. A bottle or anything similar (you will see why, later.)
  5. A bowl
  6. PVA Glue
  7. Paints and brushes
  8. Paper shredder (optional)
  9. Hand blender (optional)

And that’s it.

Let’s get making.

Step 2: Shredding Newspaper to Make the Container

Start by shredding the newspaper in 1 inch wide strips. You don’t need a lot, these stripes of newspaper will only be used to make the container of our pencil holder, which will not be very thick.

But you can shred a lot because we will be needing them in later steps anyway.

Step 3: Making Paper Mache Glue

Traditionally the glue used to make paper mache crafts is made by mixing flour and water. and we will be using the same in this project. But you can always use regular glue if you want to.

The glue made out of flour tends to be messy, but it adds to the fun.

To make paper mache glue, take a cup of flour in a mixing bowl and gradually start adding water in it while constantly stirring it. Keep doing it until the mixture turns into a smooth paste. The paste should be neither too runny nor too thick. Click here to watch the video. (Don’t worry, the link will open in new tab.)

TIP 1: Don’t make a lot of paper mache glue at once, because after a day or two, the glue will not be as sticky. So only make as much as you will be able to use in one day.

TIP 2: Use something strong to stir the mixture. I learnt this the hard way, after breaking one spatula.

Step 4: Making the Container

To make the container, dip the strips of newspaper in the paper mache glue, once the whole strip is covered in the glue, remove the excess and start laying it on a bottle or any other such thing as shown in the picture above (numbered as 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5). Lay the strips perpendicular to one another in order to give the container more strength. (Click here to watch the video.) Keep doing this till your container is two layers thick (see the picture numbered as 6). Then leave it for drying overnight. On the next day, carefully remove your container from the bottle. You may have to use some force, but be gentle, you don’t want to break it. If necessary, use some prying tool to get it out. Don’t panic if it breaks slightly, It will be fixed in a moment, but try not to break it in two or three pieces. At this stage, your container should look somewhat like the one shown in picture above, numbered as 7 and 8.

After removing the container from the bottle, start covering it with newspaper stripes once again. This time, you have to make it thick enough so it is no more fragile.

One important note: let your container dry after every layer, otherwise molds could ruin your pencil holder. I dried mine in the sun, but if the sun is not in your favour, use your oven. Keep it in a warm oven and leave the door slightly open so water vapour could easily escape.

Step 5: Become Paper Shredder Once Again and Make Paper Mache Clay

By now you may be wondering that the container looks so ugly. Yes you are right, it is. But it will no longer be, get prepared to make it look beautiful.

Start shredding more newspapers, but this time shred in smaller pieces. If you have a paper shredder, go ahead and use it, it will make your work a lot easier because you need a lot of shredded newspaper. Keep the shredded paper in a large bowl.

After shredding, add water to fill the bowl and let the paper soak in water for around 12 hours, it will make the process of making paper mache clay much easier.

Now that the paper has become soggy, start destroying it. (Take a look at the picture above or watch the video linked above.). Take your time and turn the paper into smooth pulp. Make sure there are no lumps in the pulp, because they will trouble you afterwards.

When you have turned the whole thing into pulp (like in picture numbered as 6 above), remove the excess water by straining and squeeze the pulp. You just need the pulp to be moist, there should be no water dripping from it.

Once you have got your pulp out of the water, add some paper mache glue to it and mix well. I added the pulp and paper mache glue in about 3:1 ratio. you don’t have to be precise.

If done correctly, you should now have your paper mache clay ready for next step. Your paper mache clay should look somewhat like bread dough.

Step 6: Time to Get Crafty

Now that you have made paper mache clay, use it to sculpt around the container using your imagination. Use plenty of paper mache glue to make your sculpture smooth. I made my pencil holder look like a tree trunk (take a look at the images above), but you can get creative and make something else.

After you have done sculpting, dry it in the sun for at least 7 to 10 days before proceeding further. It has to dry completely not only from outside but also from inside otherwise molds will find their way to your pencil holder, and I don’t think you want that. So make sure it dries completely.

When I was making my pencil holder, the sun was not in my favour, so I had to use my oven to dry it.

You can do it too, Keep your pencil holder in warm oven and leave the door slightly open so the water vapour can escape.

TIP: Make sure there are no cracks tn your sculpture as they will reduce its strength. Fill any cracks with paper mache clay and plenty or paper mache glue.

Step 7: Paint It

Now that you have completed sculpting your pencil holder, let’s paint it to make it look even better.

But before painting it, cover it in a layer of PVA glue. Any PVA glue will work. Mix one part of PVA glue in one part water, and apply it on your pencil holder. It will make your pencil holder stronger.

Once the glue has dried, go ahead and paint your pencil holder according to your imagination using acrylic paint. Acrylic paint, apart from looking good, will seal your pencil holder so no moisture can enter and ruin it.

You can use any other paint if you want to but, you will have to seal your pencil holder with some sort of acrylic sealant to make your sculpture weather sealed.

Now go and make your own, and if you have any questions, feel free to ask me. Best Of Luck.

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Newspaper Napkin Holder Step By step

This craftsmanship is very classic and can be adapted to the decoration of events with a high refinement. Another option is to do to spruce up the home or office, leaving the environment with a much nicer face. And of course, there are those people who will want to do to market, because the result is very elegant. To learn how to create this work, just stay tuned for the next few tips. Learn and also make one such item to practice your hand skills!

Required Material:

– PVA (Latex) ink in Canary-yellow color – Newspaper
sheets
– Large flat brush – Flat
-nosed pliers
– Knitting needle # 2
– Marine varnish
– Fine wire
– Crepe tape
– White glue
– Scissors
– Bitumen
– Ruler
– Pen
– Mold

Step by step-

See how it can be useful to invest in the making of this handicraft. The creation and execution is by Tadeu Roveri, the photos are by Emilio Roberto and the production was by Regina Cavenaghi. The following are the images and instructions for the composition of the craft work.

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It looks beautiful right? I hope that you enjoyed. Also do and surprise your little friends with this beautiful creation. Until the next tip!

 

 

How to Make Bird Feeder with a Newspaper

Your home may become the favorite spot for round birds if you make several of this bird feeder with newspaper, you reuse other recyclable materials as well as beauty and support for birds to eat, you still prevent more litter from being thrown in our planet. To make this beautiful piece you will need:

  • CD box; Sawmill;
  • drilling machine;
  • Large screw;
  • Small screws;
  • Screw nut; pliers;
  • newspaper;
  • Elastic for money;
  • Piece of cardboard;
  • Pet bottle cap; paste;
  • Plastic nail;
  • stopper;
  • Wood cylinder;
  • Craft brown paint;
  • brush;
  • Cord for hanging;
  • spray varnish.

Start by sawing a piece of the tube from the CD case.

Then drill holes around the cap with the aid of the drill, and even number. Then, using the pliers, remove the spare edges of the CD case.
Now, position the large screw on the carton tube and screw the nut on the outside of the carton. Then make newspaper straws and position on the lid of the box forming double. Soon after, trance other newspaper straws for the doubles previously achieved. Now, with other newspaper straws, trance the body part of the feeder, using the CD box as a base. Then, remove the CD box and finish the newspaper straws at the edge. Afterwards, make a very wide cone with the piece of cardboard, pasting the ends. Attach the cap of the pet bottle with the plastic nail on the tip of the cone. Position newspaper straws and trance these straws. Now, trance up to the size you want and do the finishing on the edge. Then, secure the wooden cylinder with the smaller screws and the stopper on the top of the “roof” of the feeder. Then, to finalize your piece, paint with your paintbrush and brown paint all its feeder and when the paint is dry, spray the spray varnish. And it’s ready! Now just put the cord and hang your feeder.(Image Source: geteasyfreshideas.com)

How to make newspaper fruit basket

If the look of your kitchen is in need of a renovation, invest in a fruit bowl, which when completed does not look anything like a piece made from recycled material. And this fruit bowl is so interesting that you can even gift with it, because the result and the compliments will be the same if you gift with an industrialized piece.

– To make this beautiful fruit bowl you will need: basin with the following measures: 35 cm in diameter and 12 cm in height; 1 Basin with the following measures: 25 cm in diameter and 9 cm in height; 1 broom handle with 55 cm; 1 reel of cardboard with a diameter of 8 cm and a height of 14 cm; 26 barbecue sticks; 160 straws of newspaper; hot glue; White glue; Stiletto; scissors; pliers; screwdriver; Soldering Iron; string; Cardboard; Latex paint (with the color of your choice); And marine varnish.

  • Start by cutting the two cardboard bases, as measured by the diameters of the basins. Mark the center of each of the cartons and drill a hole that is sufficient to pass the broom handle, but do not leave it loose. Support the first cardboard on top of the bobbin base and glue. It will support the first base of the fruit bowl of 35 cm in diameter. Measure from top to bottom, approximately 5 cm and attach the second base with the diameter of 25 cm.

Then place the straw in the holes that are already marked, these will be the straight straw in the upright position. Then tie the 2 bowls (which will serve as shapes). After that, start a braid with 3 straps, next to the cardboard of the base. Continue braiding as follows, the last behind goes over 2 fixed and under the third. Now, make the second braid at the middle of the bowl. Make sure this braid is level in the middle of the bowl. Then repeat the execution of the braid on top of the fruit bowl.

Afterwards, to eliminate the rest of the tips of the fixed straws use one of the tips of the fixed and pass underneath the next one. Use the next, pass it under the first, over the second and under the third and cut the tip. And repeat this same process all the way back, remembering to always pull the ends inwards.

Now, repeat the same process of the braid and finish on the top of the fruit bowl. Then, for finishing the lower cardboard spool base, cut a circumference of 20 cm and glue to serve as the bottom base. Next, stick 26 BBQ sticks in the diagonal position mimicking the shape of a cone. Between a toothpick and another there should be a distance of approximately 4 cm. Afterwards, stick a straw next to the cardboard of the first fruit tree and go rolling and tying another 24 straws to serve as fixed. Now, with the same end that you were tying, continue making the weaving, reaching the end make a braid with the tips of the fixed. To finish paint your fruit tree with the latex paint and when it is dry pass the varnish. And it’s ready! This idea of newspaper fruit was taken from the Solidarium website .

How to make paper key chain

You will not believe it – this keychain made from hands … paper! But for this kind does not say. How deceptive appearance! I invite you to a master class on making this keychain! Take any glossy magazine and on tighter, then beads that you will do more volume. With the help of scissors and cut the line of the paper pattern for our beads. The width of the upper portion of a strip of 3 cm and tapers towards the bottom strip. Then take a toothpick or any other thin stick and begin to wind our strip The tip of the smeared glue and screw the strip to the end To make it clear here The beads can be made different by changing the shape of the template You need to get here are beads Then you attach the beads to your keychain. And yet! Your unusual keychain is ready, which will now only you!WARNING: Cover paper beads NOT varnish, they lose their appearance!

Beautiful and simple cardboard chest

For storage of various household items, valuables, and other items used chest. From ancient times, people have become accustomed to such a container for storage. Produced most of the trunks of wood and decorated with various metallic elements. In the same master class, you will learn how to make a wonderful chest improvised with minimal cost.

Required Materials:
• Cardboard.
• PVA glue.
• Ducts of consumer paper.
• «Moment” glue.
• dressmaker pins.
• Decor.
• pliers.

Stages of manufactureOn any trunk box make markup. Cut.

• paste over the outside of the box main background, the space into about 6 cm.
On the long side of the trunk, layout attaches dressmaker pins flattened tubes as in the photo.

Now take a long strip of a different color. Secure the ends of the pins on the left side. Now do the weave, the distance can be taken equal to the width of the tube.

When depleting to the top, fold the ends of the strips and glue them inside. Here is the inside • While the glue dries, get the trunk lid. This MK bottle width equal to the width of the chest, so there is nothing to adjust the size is not necessary. Wet the cardboard and attach it to the bottle using adhesive tape. When the board is dry, it should be several times Procrit PVA glue. For greater reliability, you can glue the paper. • As long as dry cover, continue to braid the side of the trunk. Where should you need to build a strip? High lateral part is ready. Trim the excess from the strips and glue well. Continue to braid the trunk. Remember to stick to the bottom of the strip, the strip MK yellow. As a result of your labors get here is a neat and beautiful chest. We admire? Now continue to work. Edges to look neat and beautiful. The lid of the chest the same color as the trunk itself, going upstairs to 6 cm. Try to design converged smoothly. Arrange the cover as desired. Connect your imagination and forth. As a result of this work should be the following.But, of course, calls for a chest decoration. Be creative and create. Let things made with their own hands, endows you with kindness, beauty, and warmth.

How to make casket in a heart shape

Belt width 5,8sm, 40cm length, twisted on needle 1,5. tube paint for the eggs. Two coats of an acrylic clear coat. At the bottom of decoupage and varnish. Dimensions: 30 * 22 * 10.Businy wood. However, everything in order.

Well, something to help beginners. It said loudly, that it will be a master class. I share what I can. Photographer I useless. Well, what happened, what happened. So … cut to form two cartons

Measured basis, divide the desired distance between the stanchions. If you can not without a trace, corrects the distance. I got 1,8sm. Normally, less is better. Postpones 1.8, starting from the center of the “heart” It turned out this way … I prepare the paper and more … The paper pasted on cardboard with white glue and left to dry. A bit dry and put under load, so as not curled hours on 12. The process of bonding is not removed, fascinated.
While the bottom of a dry, paint tubes. Expanding to dry and leave everything until the morning. And in the morning for a surprise. That such a result is obtained. Apparently, the tubes were caught from different parties. I hope that will be enough of a color. Clay “Titan” pasting tube Top pasting the front of the bottoms. The process of gluing napkins too missed. Well, not all at once. Decoupage do with the file. I put the napkin “face” down at the file, pour some water into the center of a little and start to lift the edges to Vodicka gradually distributed on a napkin and no wrinkles. I add a little brush continue to keep raise for all parties. Try to keep the water before the time has not got to the edge (tear). When there is only the edge unglued, helping brush. When the napkin is flat, without wrinkles on the file, carefully poured the water and turn on the bedplate, smoothes. I remove the file from top to drip screed and PVA brush. Land. Yes! Two hearts are glued together, too, putting under pressure until it sets. It is better to wait a little longer. Clay grabbed. I begin to braid rope bottom of a single row. I lift the rack and begin to weave a rope in the two tubes. Get out of shape, that’s what happened. The result is not pleased with what’s nose turned out. It was necessary to equate the braid after varnishing. close: in front of the two, in the third It remains the last three tubes. The first of them is bent before the two and slips under the first rack start crisscrossing. Second-on rising: before the third and the inside of the first braided basket for the second braided out by drawing Fotik agreed to work only to that frame. I had to finish without him. And it is you! This beauty blossomed in my yard, and I am very pleased.