Make paper mache paste (there are many different options): OPTION 1: 3/4 white glue to 1/4 water (or if using a good, thick glue, like elmers you can do 1/2 and 1/2) OPTION 2: COOK METHOD: 1 part flour to 5 parts water... boil about 3 minutes and let cool (my favorite! it's the cheapest method and is nice and smooth) OPTION 3: 1 part flour to 1 part water. Stir together. Suggestion from a viewer... "Rather than make our own paste for paper mache, we use liquid starch that is relatively inexpensive. I bought a large jug at the supermarket that we have been using for years. Sounds like it gives the same result as the cooked method. It dries smooth and clear - fantastic for use with gift wrap scraps. We use it with brown grocery bags when we want to create pottery or leather looking crafts." Thanks to Pam for sharing this idea!
Suggestion from a viewer... "for paper mache: add a little cinnamon to the mix - it takes away the smell." Thanks to Cindi for sharing this idea!