Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Frog Pots

We seem to be going a bit froggy mad here just lately - I'm not sure why!

The instructions for these pots come from "Make It" the excellent book from Dorling Kindersley which I reviewed recently.

You need: 
  • lots of torn up magazines, with several bits in green colour set aside.
  • 1 cup of flour and 3 cups of water for the paste
  • a brush
  • a small plastic bowl (or 2 identical ones)
  • petroleum jelly
How to do it:

  • Make two bowls, one will be your pot and the other will be the lid.

  • Make the paste by mixing 1 cup of water and 1 cup of plain flour in a saucepan until smooth.  Add the other 2 cups of water and bring to the boil, stirring all the time.  Then pour into a bowl (still stirring to try to keep it smooth) to cool down.  Actually this recipe made more than enough paste for four bowls, so just scale back but still in the ratio 3:1 water:flour

                                                                • Smear petroleum jelly on to the inside of the bowls - this stops the papier mache from sticking.
                                                                • Now lay on a layer of newspaper / magazine scraps.  Brush with a layer of paste.  Top with another layer of paper, then brush with paste and repeat until you have about six layers.


    • Completely allow to dry.

    • Now remove the plastic bowl and trim off any scrappy edges.

            • Paste the inside and outside of the bowl and cover with green scraps of paper.  Brush with paste again.  Use torn up orange and black scraps to make eyes and nostrils on the outside of the bowl that will be your lid.

  • Allow to dry again.
  • Cut a slit in the top of the lid, and then push the ends of a folded long strip of thick or folded paper through the slit and tape in place on the inside to make a handle. 

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