Paper Mache and Dry Times

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So if you’ve ever used paper mache before you know it can be a wet goopy mix which can take some time to master using. If you are like me you are also an anxious crafter who likes to see work done quickly. Paper mache is not one of those projects which can be done in minutes. It takes time to mix it and create it then smooth it over your form, then you have to wait an indeterminate amount of time for it to dry which can be frustrating when you are in a hurry! (Speaking from experience). Below are some drying options, you can use these on my easy fall crafts for adults. I will be posting a couple of recipes that dry faster in another post so please watch for it!

How to make Paper Mache Dry Faster!

Option 1: Put the paper mache piece on a flat board or pan in a well-ventilated area. Or you can also place the paper mache object in front of an open window in direct sunlight or outdoors in the sun.

Option 2: You can put your paper mache item with a fan turned onto it with direct air flow blowing towards it.

Option 3: You can preheat your oven on 200 degrees Fahrenheit and leave it on for approximately 20 minutes, then turn it off. Then place your paper mache object on a cookie sheet or oven save tray and leave in the over for an hour.

Option 4: You can use a hair dryer or blow dryer on low and direct the nozzle at the project and dry it all over until dry.

Hint: Smaller paper mache objects with just 2-3 layers will dry faster.

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