From Easter baskets, pinatas, cake toppers, and papier mache toys to party decorations, nursery decor, and easy gifts, papier mache art and decor is incredibly easy with a gorgeous outcome.
How to Make a Pretty Papier-Mache Bird's Nest for Easter
Move over, woven basket. Here's a more novel way to present your goodies this year.AdvertisementAdvertisementArticle
Make one bee — or a whole swarm — and you'll be buzzing with ideas on how to use them: dangling from monofilament for a party display, hanging from a garland, party favors, and more!
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Elegant Paper Easter EggsThey may look like porcelain, but these eggs, from from five to 12 inches tall, are made with papier-mache. No painting is necessary; the color is determined by the paper.
Papier-Mache Pull ToysCrafter Katie Steuernagle shows Martha how to make papier-mache elephant and squirrel pull toys, a Handmade Holiday gift perfect for children. Part 1.
Say Bye-Bye to Dye! Introducing Painted Papier-Mache Easter EggsInstead of dyeing your Easter eggs this year, try painting them! They'll add a modern pop of color to your Easter decor and last for years to come.
DIY Flying Bat PiñataThis papier-mâché bat piñata is creepy and cute and the perfect addition to your Halloween party decorations.
Plaster BonesThere's nothing bare-bones about these Halloween decorations. The "Flintstones"-size femur and the heap of humeri posing as logs in the fireplace are made from newspaper wrapped in plaster cloth. (Table legs are legs indeed -- store-bought faux bones!)Watch the How-To Video
Papier Mache VehiclesThese crafts are for kids who love to make things move -- miniature cars and buses, trains and planes, rocket ships and UFOs. In an afternoon, you can turn cereal boxes, paper plates, and cardboard tubes into vehicles of all sorts. And you don’t need any high-tech materials -- just flour, strips of newspaper, glue, and paint.
Papier-Mache Hot Air BalloonsThe sky is the limit with these charming papier-mache balloons: Use them at children's parties, baby showers, nurseries, or any place your decor needs a lift.
Papier-Mache Egg ContainersCraft memorable egg containers for Easter using real egg shells and a flocking technique from in-house crafter Kristin St. Clair.
Papier-Mache Decorations: Black Cats
Papier-Mache Decorations: Glowing Skull
Bird MaskElaborate masks worn at Venice's famed "Carnevale" inspired these avian creations. The long nose on this papier-mache mask becomes a bird's beak, surrounded by crepe-paper plumage in gray or yellow. This mask calls for two types of crepe paper: thick florist crepe paper in gold, and regular (or fine) crepe paper in the remaining colors.
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Papier-Mache Cake Toppers
Decorate a delicious cake with glittered stars.Video
How to Make a Bat PinataMartha Stewart talks about her new line of craft paint. Then she makes a papier-mache bat pinata for Halloween.Video
Handmade Pull Toys, Part 1Martha Stewart and guest Katie Steuernagle make handmade pull toys.Video
How to Make Acorn Lamps, Part 1Martha Stewart and guest Kristin St. Clair create decorative and creative papier-mache acorn lamps.Video
Halloween Cat Candy DispenserMartha Stewart and Gloria Estefan paste tissue paper on balloons to craft a cat candy dispenser.Video
Personalized Papier-Mache PinatasMartha Stewart and comedienne Joy Behar continue to make personalized papier-mache pinatas.Video
Personalized Papier-Mache PinantasMartha Stewart and comedienne Joy Behar make personalized papier-mache pinatas.Video
Turtle Light for the Nursery, Part 2Martha Stewart and actress Keri Russell use green tissue paper to finish their turtle night lights for the nursery.Video
Eerie Creatures and Foam TombstonesMartha Stewart and her designer construct eerie skeletal creatures for the Twilight zoo, and they carve and embellish foam tombstones.Video
Paper-Mache Balloon CraftMartha Stewart and actress Tori Spelling craft papier-mache balloons. Martha Stewart and Tori Spelling craft charming paper-mache balloon decorations.Video
Paper-Mache Balloon DecorationsMartha Stewart and actress Tori Spelling craft charming paper-mache balloon decorations.Video
Papier-Mache Faux Bois ContainersMartha Stewart and crafter Claire Chauvin use papier-mache to make faux bois (false wood) jars and containers that resemble tree trunks.Video
Papier-Mache Egg Boxes for EasterMartha Stewart and crafter Kristin St. Clair make charming small egg-shaped papier-mache boxes perfect for Easter gifts.Video
How to Create Outdoor Halloween DecorationsMartha Stewart is joined by her godchildren to create some Halloween decorations using natural ingredients.AdvertisementAdvertisementVideo
Bobbi Taylor Creates Papier Mache Santa ClausMartha Stewart walks through Bobbi Taylor's step by step process to create German inspired St. Nicholas and Santa Claus papier mache figures. sVideo
How to Make a Haunted Forest for HalloweenMartha Stewart makes a haunted papier-mache forest just in time for Halloween.