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    • Frugaldom
    • By Frugaldom 22nd Dec 07, 11:08 AM
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    Papier Mache & other free hobbies for all ages
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    • 22nd Dec 07, 11:08 AM
    Papier Mache & other free hobbies for all ages 22nd Dec 07 at 11:08 AM

    Welcome to the papier mache & other free hobbies fan club

    Hobbies for kids and adults can cost a fortune. Save your cash, get a free hobby that the whole family can enjoy.

    As a DFW I have also been a great fan of recycling and that doesn't always mean separating green, clear and brown glass or putting your old papers in the appropriate bins.

    As you'll see from the above, several of us on here have already started by making sealed pots and banks for 2008.

    EASY PAPER MACHE ANIMAL BANK RECIPE - NOT TOXIC

    1 inflated balloon
    egg carton or similar for snouts/noses/feet
    scrap paper for ears, tails etc
    paint for decorating - emulsion, poster paints etc
    (or use coloured paper on final layer of paper mache.)
    1 cup flour
    3 cups water
    shredded newspapers/magazines/old bank statements or bills (once you pay them)

    mix 1 cup water with one cup plain flour into a thick paste
    boil other 2 cups of water then stir in the above
    simmer for a few minutes, keep stirring (like making sauce)
    cool the paste before dipping the paper and sticking it to the balloon
    allow your creation to dry before painting it
    pierce top to burst the balloon and cut the slot for feeding in the money

    EASY SALT DOUGH RECIPE - NON TOXIC

    2 cups plain flour
    1 cup salt
    1 cup water

    Mix the above into dough, knead on a lightly floured surface for about 10 minutes before using, then create your masterpieces.
    Drying before painting and varnishing can take a couple of days, or you can dry them out in the oven at a low temperature just like baking biscuits.

    Feel free to join in with your papier mache suggestions and other free or recycling crafts and hobbies.
    Last edited by Frugaldom; 23-12-2007 at 5:44 PM. Reason: Updating info
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    • Frugaldom
    • By Frugaldom 10th Jan 12, 8:16 PM
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    Don't forget to post us a photo of your paper bunny once it's completed.
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  • MoKa
    Bumping this thread because it's fab and I need a sealed pot for my 2 coin collection.

    Frugaldom, I love that you didn't just go for the King Penguin but chose one of the lesser known breeds like the Macaroni Penguin.

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    • Bunny82
    • By Bunny82 13th Dec 12, 1:34 PM
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    Bumpity bump.

    Anyone up for this? I'm going to do a cow for the Sealed Pot Challenge. Haven't done papier mache since I was about 9!
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    • Frugaldom
    • By Frugaldom 13th Dec 12, 1:38 PM
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    Hi Bunny82. Papier Mache is fantastic frugal fun, glad you found the thread interesting and are about to make a 'cash cow'. The one I made is still going strong, as is the penguin. Sadly, 'Phil the Pig' fell foul to one too many openings, so he'll need to be remade at some point in the future. Right now, I've no spare newspapers as the ones I'm being given are needed for lighting the fire.
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    • asparagus1968
    • By asparagus1968 13th Dec 12, 4:42 PM
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    wow, what a fantastic thread- LOVING it !!
    • DdraigGoch
    • By DdraigGoch 20th Dec 12, 2:54 PM
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    It's time to start feeding the Spare Money Tin - the name IS ironic! - and since I have no intention of either paying for a sealed tin, nor soldering one shut, even if I could!, it's out with the balloons and back to making myself a Prudence Penguin or a Cash Cow, maybe even a Direct Debit Dog!
    If you see me on here - shout at me to get off and go and get something useful done!!
    • Frugaldom
    • By Frugaldom 20th Dec 12, 4:56 PM
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    Hi Ddraig! How lovely to see you back here. D'you know what? After all these years, I STILL have the 3' balloon that has never been made into a whopping great sealed bank but I think 2013 may just be the year to make it happen!
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  • ostrichnomore
    I love these - especially cash cow.

    I'm going to make myself one (I normally use a pringle tube with a slot cut in the lid for my change pot) and if it's any good I'll make some for Christmas next year. Lots of my family made home-made crafts gifts this year and I felt a bit embarrassed that I hadn't bothered - so much nicer than bought prezzies. They'd made patchwork quilts, sock monkeys, other soft toys, and wooden family trees.

    Actually, as well as the cow, I think I'll see what I can turn a pringles tube into with a bit of papier mache as well. They are so sturdy they'd make great bases for um, don't know what yet. Any ideas? Totem pole?
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    • Frugaldom
    • By Frugaldom 14th Aug 13, 9:47 AM
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    Almost 6 years later
    Just popping in to see if anyone else had got around to posting photos of their banks and to say that both Penny Penguin and Cash Cow are still going strong after almost 6 years. Sadly, Phil the Pig succumbed to one too many house moves.

    I never did get around to making the huge pig but guess what I have found while unpacking long-forgotten 'stuff'? My 3' balloons! Now I just need to work out how to blow them up and keep them in place... not only are they several years older, I am too!
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