StarFish Paper Mache Craft for Kids

Paper mache craft projects are a perfect craft for kids to really use their sense of touch. When putting together their craft they get to experience different touches like the feel of dry paper, wet paper and the slimy feel of the paper mache mix.

Note: This kids craft project will take several days as you have to wait for each layer of paper mache to dry before doing the next layer.


  • 2 Small Paper Plates
  • News Paper
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Brown Paper Bag Strips
  • Shake and Bake, Bran Cereal (crushed) and Cinnamon

How to Make A Paper Mache Star Fish

Step 1: Mix together 1 part flour and 2 parts water to make the paper mache paste. It should be a glue like consistency.

Tip: Add more water if too thick and more flour if too runny.

Step 2: Take several pages or your news paper and twist into two points.

Using more newspaper, create 3 more points of the star fish and tape together.

Step 3: Place the 2 paper plates in the middle of the star fish (in front and back). Staple the plates together. This will form the body of the star fish.

Step 4: Tear remaining newspaper into strips. Dip each strip into the paper mache paste and place around the star fish until completely covered. Let this first layer dry completely (about 24 hours).

Repeat for the second layer using newspaper. For the third and last layer, tear strips of brown paper bag.

Optional: You can use newspaper for the last layer and then simply paint the star fish.

Step 5: While the star fish is still wet with paper mache paste from the last layer, sprinkle the shake and bake and crushed cereal all over the star fish. This will give your project a rough texture like a star fish.

Now spinkle some cinnamon (optional) to add some darker brown colors and a fun smell to this project.

This kids craft idea does take some time and patience but will be a unique addition to any room’s decorating ideas.