children wearing colourful paper mache masks

Paper mache has always been a favourite PACE project – popular with education authorities, schools, teachers, students, and just about everyone else as well.  Paper mache costs nothing, makes use of everyday materials that would otherwise be waste, is creative (the list of things you can make is almost endless), helps keep our environment clean, reduces our environmental footprint, and can even raise a little income if we make attractive items people will buy!

Some of the items you could make are illustrated in the pictures and videos here – why not try making a model of your favourite wildlife species, a colourful rainbow to hang outside the house, a sign reminding people to ‘Wash hands often’, containers (using a bowl or pot as a mold), a map of Africa, …     The process is not difficult, you can learn how by:

1 – Watching our step-by-step demonstration created by Siren & UNAFAS CVP.

2 – Reading PACE Action sheet #74 Paper mache

3 – Watch the PACE film “Making toys and teaching materials from recycled paper: Leratong Creche, South Africa”.

Tips – Small 3D and two dimensional (flat) objects are easiest.  The colourful masks were made using strips of paper, soaked in flour paste, wrapped around a balloon in many layers, which is hung to dry, then cut in half with scissors and painted.