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How to Make a Basic Crown - Part 2: Paper Mache


In this part of the tutorial we have a whole lot of fun and we make a bit of a mess with paper mache! I show you how to make the mache mix and how to apply it to the crown.

Part 1 of this tutorial (the beginning) is here


Cut paper towel strips

•  Now, we're ready to paper mache. In preparation for this, grab your paper towels and begin cutting them into strips. It's better to have too many then too few when your hands are covered in the mixture.


add the ingredients

•  The paper mache mix can be added to your empty bowl as follows: 2 cups water, 2 cups flour, 1 tsp salt, blended until no chunks remain and mixture is very viscous.


The mix is ready

Here is what it will end up looking like.


Dip the paper mache

•  Once mixed, begin by dipping strips of paper towel into mixture. Making sure the strip is fully saturated in paper mache, squeeze off any excess fluid into the bowl.


apply paper mache strips

•  Next, take that strip and apply it to your cardboard frame. You can lay it down flat, or twist-wrap it for extra support. There is no wrong way to do this. Repeat until entire crown is covered.

(Note: This picture shows a tiara being paper mached. We made one of these along with the crown. Send me an email if you want to see a tutorial on making a tiara!)


paper mache it


The crown is paper mached! Nice work!!

•  I used an oven, which is optional. I set the temperature to about 300 degrees because of how heavy the many layers of paper mache were and allowed for it to preheat.





Put the crown in the oven

  When ready, the crowns were placed on a baking sheet and popped into the oven for approx. 1hr-1.5hrs. You can check up on your crown repeatedly and adjust its shape as it dries if needed. When it's dry it will be stiff and rigid.


Let it cool

•  Remove from oven and let baking sheet cool for about 15-20 minutes.


Try it on

•  When cooled down, I tried on the crown and made sure I didn't lose too much space. When paper mache dries, it shrinks slightly. Try to account for that if you can when measuring. So, 21.5" becomes 22".

NextOkay, We are almost done. Let's finish the crown




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