Papier-Mache Mountains

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Papier-mâché projects are always such good goopy fun. It’s been ages since we last whipped up a batch of this simple flour-and-water paste, and this project was great for a cold afternoon.

First, find a cardboard base and grab a roll of aluminum foil, and enlist your kids into shaping the foil into mounds.

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They don’t need to look like perfect mountains; any tall or humped shape will do! Glue down to the cardboard base and let dry.

A layer of masking tape will help the papier-mâché newspaper strips adhere better, and also further helps anchor the mountain range to the cardboard. After a quick glance, Travis decided this step was way too time-consuming, so mommy took over.

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Next up: papier-mâché! We mixed 1 part water to 1 part flour for our goop, and ripped strips of newspaper.

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Layer the newspapers all over your mountains and let dry.

Finally, the mountains received a coat of paint – Travis’s favorite part by far.

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We ended up with very artistic mountains, including shades of blue and silver and black.

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And of course puffy paint had to make an entrance, because no paint project is complete without puffy paint in our house these days.

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Once the paint dried, we pulled out some animal toys from around the house.

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Now our animals could traipse about the Himalayas (or Rockies, or Alps)!

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