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Sculpt your Masterpiece with Paper Mache

If play dough and paints aren’t keeping your kids sufficiently entertained, why not let them try their hand at paper mache? A messy, yet fun activity that can keep both kids and adults busy for hours, paper mache lends itself to several art and craft projects. Use strips of paper and paper mache paste to sculpt the most breathtaking 3-dimensional masterpiece you ever imagined. At Raaaft, we have a variety of sizes, styles and patterns of paper mache bases and instant paper mache products to help you bring your stunning designs to life.

All the Paper Mache Products You Can Dream of…

On our site, you will find a large collection of instant paper mache products such as paper mache letters, paper mache numbers, paper mache shapes, paper mache symbols, paper mache boxes and more. Available in varying sizes and patterns, our paper mache products have a beautiful, matte texture that is compatible with several craft mediums, including glues and paints. Decorate these products with paper, glitter, fabric, paint, stickers, decoupage or any other mixed media trend you wish to explore.

Craft Your Special Paper Mache Creations and Bring Joy to Special People

Shop with us for your paper mache supplies and create all the special designs your talented mind can think about. And while you and your kids are creating those fun, quirky, trendy crafts, take comfort that you will be instrumental in bringing joy to the lives of some very special people. For every order over £5, we will provide life-saving water to needy children.

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A Brief History of Paper Mache

Literally meaning ‘chewed paper’, the art of paper mache has been used not only in creating decorative craft items, but also to create moulds and models in a variety of industries such as construction and shipping. Today, several paper mache products are sold commercially as part of handicraft items by folk communities across the world. Here’s a peek at the history of paper mache:

  • Invention: Paper was invented in China around the 2nd century AD and the technique of paper mache emerged around the same time. Since paper was a rare and expensive commodity at the time, the practice of paper mache was primarily focused on recycling the paper for reuse. But the Chinese also discovered that items created with paper mache could be hardened and strengthened with layers of varnish, yet, it would remain lightweight. This is when they started using paper mache to make a number of items, including helmets for their soldiers.
  • Global Exposure: In the 8th century AD, Chinese prisoners captured as part of a war between China and Persia were sent to the Arab-dominated Samarkand. Here they taught local craftsmen the art of using paper, old fishing nets and other waste material to create paper and paper mache. Gradually, this art spread to Morocco, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Persia and India.
  • Commercial Potential: In the late 17th century, a Frenchman discovered the true potential of paper mache while making cups and snuff boxes. Eventually, several countries followed suit and developed varied strengthening techniques to make paper mache more widely applicable. Over time, paper mache found its way into commercial products such as trays, lamps, wall décor, chairs, tables, shelves, bed frames and even boats. Interestingly, in Norway an entire Church built with paper mache stood tall for 37 years before it started crumbling, and had to be eventually demolished.

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