How to Make a Papier Mache Balloon

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    When the kids are bored and you are looking for a fun craft to get their creative juices flowing, make a papier mache balloon and let the good times "blow." A papier mache balloon can be turned into anything--from a face to a hot air balloon. Follow these simple steps and you too can turn a bland newspaper and simple balloon into a work of art.

    Things You'll Need

    • Newspaper
    • Round balloon
    • Flat dish or pan
    • Tempera paints
    • Paintbrushes
    • Wallpaper paste or wheat paste
    • Yarn or rubber band
    • Safety pin

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    Mix the wallpaper paste or wheat paste until it has a thin and creamy texture. Pour a small amount into a flat dish or a pan.

    Rip the newspaper into several narrow 6 to 8-inch strips. The more strips you make the better: you'll need a lot to cover the balloon.

    Blow up the balloon. Tie the end of the balloon with yarn or wrap it tightly with a rubber band.

    Soak the newspaper strips in the paste and put them on the outside of the balloon. Cover the balloon completely. Repeat this step 2 to 3 more times so that there are several layers of newspaper covering the balloon.

    Remove any excess paste with your hands while smoothing the surface of the balloon.

    Allow the newspaper to dry thoroughly. When the papier mache balloon is completely dry, take a safety pin and pop the balloon.

    Decorate the papier mache balloon by painting squiggles, lines or flowers. Or turn your balloon into a head by painting on a face; or a hot air balloon by adding some string and a small cardboard box to the bottom of it.