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Paper-mache Pots

How to make Paper-mache Pots using Old Tupperware (Child-friendly)

What you Need

  • A plastic container to form the base of your paper mache pot. Ensure the sides are smooth and that the opening of the container is wider than the body

  • Magazines

  • White PVA based craft glue

  • Water

  • A small, low sided plastic tray to hold the glue (we recycled a meat tray)

  • Plastic food wrap

  • Masking tape


1. Begin by preparing your magazine pieces. We tore out brightly coloured pages and cut the coloured sections into squares and small rectangles (approximately 2cm or 1inch square). You don’t have to use squares – you can use strips, triangles, circles – whatever shape you like. You might like to sort your colours as we did, or you might just like to go with a mix of colours to create a lovely multi-coloured pot.

2. Prepare your pot base by wrapping a square of plastic food wrap around the container. This will stop the paper mache from sticking to the base. If required, use a little masking tape to secure the plastic to the top of the container (you can see I have used yellow masking tape in the photos below). Just be careful not to paper mache over the tape as it may make it more difficult to remove the completed pot once it has dried.

3. Prepare your glue by diluting it with a little water until it is slightly runny. Place into the low sided tray.

4. Turn your container upside down and start on the base. Dip each piece of magazine paper into the glue until it is saturated (you can smooth off excess paste with your fingers) and then layer onto the container. Smooth each paper piece into position with your fingers. Be sure to overlap your pieces and to fully cover the container. Ideally your pot needs two to three layers of overlapping paper pieces.

Remember to keep smoothing down the paper pieces as you work.

5. Allow your pot to dry completely. Depending upon the temperature and the thickness of your paper layers this will generally take at least 48 hours.

6. Once the paper is completely dry, remove the masking tape and then slip the pot and plastic wrap off the container. This may require gentle twisting and squeezing of the pot and container.

Great job! Your paper-mache pot is complete! Use it to hold plants or any trinkets you value.

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