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    • Frugaldom
    • By Frugaldom 22nd Dec 07, 12:08 PM
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    Papier Mache & other free hobbies for all ages
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    • 22nd Dec 07, 12:08 PM
    Papier Mache & other free hobbies for all ages 22nd Dec 07 at 12:08 PM

    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 6:44 PM. Reason: Updating info
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    • butterflylady
    • By butterflylady 22nd Dec 07, 12:22 PM
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    • 22nd Dec 07, 12:22 PM
    This sounds really bad.

    After every christmas I steal other family members cards so I can take the pretty stickers etc for my homemade cards for the next year. I also steal the ribbons etc off christmas crackers!!!
    • Frugaldom
    • By Frugaldom 22nd Dec 07, 12:36 PM
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    • 22nd Dec 07, 12:36 PM
    That's not bad at all :)
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    • 22nd Dec 07, 12:36 PM
    I get the old cards and ribbons to make into gift tags for the following year and old wrapping paper is great for paper mache if you remember to wear rubber gloves so you don't turn your hands red, green, gold, black

    Old tissue paper - crush it into little balls and stick it all over your paper mache snowman. How do you think we get that nice bobbly snowball effect?

    Thanks for posting here. Maybe it will prove to be a handy thread as finding hobbies and activities to amuse children during school holidays always costs a fortune, even without counting in the cost of an actual 'go away for a fortnight' holiday
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    • Surfbabe
    • By Surfbabe 22nd Dec 07, 12:41 PM
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    • 22nd Dec 07, 12:41 PM
    I get the old cards and ribbons to make into gift tags for the following year and old wrapping paper is great for paper mache if you remember to wear rubber gloves so you don't turn your hands red, green, gold, black Toothpaste does the trick of getting stains off hands - I should know having made mine blakc the afternoon I was working a bar at a big wedding in the evening!!!!

    Old tissue paper - crush it into little balls and stick it all over your paper mache snowman. How do you think we get that nice bobbly snowball effect?

    Thanks for posting here. Maybe it will prove to be a handy thread as finding hobbies and activities to amuse children during school holidays always costs a fortune, even without counting in the cost of an actual 'go away for a fortnight' holiday
    Originally posted by nykmedia
    Thanks NYKMedia - I have turned Pete the Penguin round by the way but I can;t work out how to upload it again.!!! http://www.flickr.com/photos/16354411@N03/2128845674/
    Last edited by Surfbabe; 22-12-2007 at 12:48 PM. Reason: forgot the link
    • Frugaldom
    • By Frugaldom 22nd Dec 07, 12:49 PM
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    • 22nd Dec 07, 12:49 PM
    Pete the Penguin
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    • 22nd Dec 07, 12:49 PM
    I think it's part of Pete's character to be a little bit mischievous. That's why I left him that way LOL Penny the Penguin is being painted this weekend, Little Pig (not yet photographed) has been claimed by grand daughter for Christmas and Cash Cow, as per other thread, is for Ca's Christmas

    LOL You just picked up the wrong link... here's Pete for you... no it's not, I lost him!!! ROFL Trying again.... YES! Here he is!
    Last edited by Frugaldom; 22-12-2007 at 12:55 PM. Reason: Adding in Pete
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    • Surfbabe
    • By Surfbabe 22nd Dec 07, 12:52 PM
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    • 22nd Dec 07, 12:52 PM
    Thats fine I'm quite happy for him to be the facing the other way !!!!!!
  • postingalwaysposting
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    • 22nd Dec 07, 1:18 PM
    sweet baskets ~

    bored of giving just a box of sweets? make a paper mache basket. Use a ballon but only half cover it. When dry trim it into a basket shape. Add a handle (either ribbon or platted paper) line with tissue paper and then fill with sweets. Because these are being placed in loose you could get cheap one for lidl/aldi too . Each basket can be painted/custom made for the recipient. You can use this for so many things though ~ trick or treat baskets/gift baskets/pot puri baskets... the lists endless

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    • 22nd Dec 07, 2:04 PM
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    • 22nd Dec 07, 2:04 PM
    I made a paper mache money box this week with the kids at school.

    I'm not that pleased with it, but I will paint it andd see how it looks. I might make another while we're off school
    Is it better to aim for the stars and hit a tree or aim for a tree and land in its branches

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    • Frugaldom
    • By Frugaldom 22nd Dec 07, 2:24 PM
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    • 22nd Dec 07, 2:24 PM
    Brilliant!
    • #9
    • 22nd Dec 07, 2:24 PM
    sweet baskets ~

    bored of giving just a box of sweets? make a paper mache basket. Use a ballon but only half cover it. When dry trim it into a basket shape. Add a handle (either ribbon or platted paper) line with tissue paper and then fill with sweets. Because these are being placed in loose you could get cheap one for lidl/aldi too . Each basket can be painted/custom made for the recipient. You can use this for so many things though ~ trick or treat baskets/gift baskets/pot puri baskets... the lists endless
    Originally posted by postingalwaysposting
    I never thought of half baskets but I did do easter egg shapes by cutting the completed paper mache balloon in half and my sister makes brilliant pinatas
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  • sweetpea03
    postingalwaysposting thanks for your great idea, I'm definately going to give this a go next year & may even do one for all the members of my family for christmas 2008
    I love knitting & while I was paying off my debts I got through my very large wool stash & now i have no wool left (but plenty of scarves, gloves, hats & socks ) I'm trying not to buy any more wool or craft things till I've reached my savings goal. Anyway lol something that I've read about before is knitting things using cut up plastic bags so I'm going to try & find the site again as this would stop my knitting cravings! (or if anyone knows a good link that would be great)
    Other free hobbies I can think of using recycled items are making rag rugs, cardmaking & origami, will try & think of some more, would like to try cardmaking too.
    Nyk, do you know how your sister makes pinatas please, it sounds interesting, thanks for starting this thread
  • postingalwaysposting
    Anyway lol something that I've read about before is knitting things using cut up plastic bags so I'm going to try & find the site again as this would stop my knitting cravings! (or if anyone knows a good link that would be great)
    Originally posted by sweetpea03
    your wish is my comand ~ linky daily mail ~ linky a blog
    Last edited by postingalwaysposting; 22-12-2007 at 7:08 PM.

  • sweetpea03
    Thank you Pap, you are a star ( hope you are enjoying making budget the bear!)
    • Prudent
    • By Prudent 22nd Dec 07, 7:53 PM
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    This sounds really bad.

    After every christmas I steal other family members cards so I can take the pretty stickers etc for my homemade cards for the next year. I also steal the ribbons etc off christmas crackers!!!
    Originally posted by butterflylady

    You are not alone
    • Prudent
    • By Prudent 22nd Dec 07, 7:58 PM
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    I shall make the prudent panda, ta for the idea.
  • sweetpea03
    I get the old cards and ribbons to make into gift tags for the following year
    Originally posted by nykmedia
    Before you throw any cardboard packaging away from christmas presents have a look to see if you can make any birthday gift tags out of them too, I got a couple years worth out of last years presents, things like toiletry sets have some really nice designs on sometimes. I even cut the pics out of selection boxes to make tags I also stick pics from old christmas cards onto the next years christmas card envelopes to make them look more festive. I don't (yet!) do like my mother did & iron the paper from unwrapped presents to reuse the next year!
    • Frugaldom
    • By Frugaldom 22nd Dec 07, 8:47 PM
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    LOL I remember the days of ironing wrapping paper but it just isn't the same these days. It's all rip and tear and shiny foil. It's still ok for paper mache, though Good ideas for the packaging, thanks for that.

    Here's another one. Does anyone collect jam jars? You get some really nice shaped ones these days and they look great if you use glass paint on them and then use them as tealight candle holders. (Candles are a must here because of winter power cuts).

    I also have one of those logmakers for crushing paper into firebricks, but we live in an area where open fires are still commonplace as there's no mains gas. But I have to admit, making paper firelogs isn't the most exciting of hobbies LOL
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    • Frugaldom
    • By Frugaldom 22nd Dec 07, 8:48 PM
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    Excellent!
    I shall make the prudent panda, ta for the idea.
    Originally posted by Prudent
    I can't wait to see Prudent Panda and Bear Necessity

    Umm... edited in... don't know where I got 'Bear Necessity' from, I meant 'Budget Bear'
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    • Milly1974
    • By Milly1974 22nd Dec 07, 8:57 PM
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    I also have one of those logmakers for crushing paper into firebricks, but we live in an area where open fires are still commonplace as there's no mains gas. But I have to admit, making paper firelogs isn't the most exciting of hobbies LOL
    Originally posted by nykmedia
    Ooooh, where do you get one of those, and are they much good? Sounds like a fab idea!

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    • Frugaldom
    • By Frugaldom 22nd Dec 07, 8:57 PM
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    Making mobiles
    I'll bore you all to tears soon with my daft passtimes but kids seem to like them. This one is an adult supervised one for making hanging mobiles.

    I save the metal tubes from tomato puree! Don't buy the plastic coated ones as they don't work for this

    If you carefully cut off the top and the sealed edge at the bottom then cut the long edge you can open these out and they look like copper or brass inside. Use a blunt pencil and draw your shape on the printed side with enough pressure that the pattern goes right through and is embossed on the gold side. I made half a dozen seahorses last time. Once you have the shapes you can cut them out and emboss the details into them from the reverse/printed side and once completed, suspend them with thread from something like an old shower curtain ring or similar. Even make a loop (a slice from an old washing up liquid bottle has been used before, too). You can paint over the print before hanging them and they look quite nice. Use same method for making card embellishments etc.
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    Prudent Panda. love it.
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