I've been asked many times if outdoor paper mache will stand the test of time.
I have to be honest and say that I have never done it myself. However, it appears it can be done as there are many artists creating sculptures from paper mache to be displayed outside.
Although I have heard a story of a man who apparently made and sailed a paper mache boat, in my experience it is very difficult to truly waterproof.
If you do decide to give it a go, make sure you use strong glue. PVA or wood glue should work well with most fabrics.
Again, this is something I haven't tried yet, but I am keen to do so. I've had an email from a reader called Lynn telling me about a product called Paverpol. It's actually a textile hardener, but apparently it's brilliant as a waterproof coating for paper mache.
I've now found a UK supplier, and I'm planning to get hold of some and give it a test drive over the summer. We'll be posting the results on there so, as they say, watch this space :)
Now, this is something I find really exciting and I definitely want to have a go at.
Sue from Australia has made a fantastic Easter Island Man letterbox, and he stands outside in her garden.
So, here's why I say not pure PM. Sue made the basic shape out of paper mache but then she covered it with fibreglass.
Once it was set she hosed out the paper and cardboard and was left with a completely waterproof piece of art.
Brilliant. It may end up not being PM at all, but it did start out that way, and you can guarantee that it will be fully waterproof and last for many years in the garden.
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