Finally - A Small Batch Recipe for Papercrete

The Fairy Garden
by The Fairy Garden
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My previous post Papercrete for Fairy Gardens got an overwhelming response. So many people asked for a better explanation for how to make a small batch of papercrete for a garden container project that I promised to come up with one. New to the game..I had to experiment for awhile first :) Sorry for the delay. Enjoy.
Experiments with papercrete miniature houses. The one on the left was made in 6 flat pieces and later glued together. The one on the right used a one piece mold for the house and another for the roof. The roof is painted with diluted acrylic paint. SOme of the doorways and windows were formed by putting a block in the mold, others were cut in afterwards by grilling a hole and using a jig saw.
This is the paper pulp properly mixed. In the center and other low spots you should see a little bit of water pooling.
Hopefully you can see a collage here of three pictures. The papercrete oozing water as it is gently formed into a ball, the ball, and the ball patted down into a patty.
The Fairy Garden
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  • Louis White Louis White on Oct 25, 2019

    "Finally - A Small Batch Recipe for Papercrete "says the headline. So, where is it?

  • Amapola López Amapola López on May 12, 2020

    Hello. How much paper and cement should be used? I've read it's 1 to 4 (one part cement and 4 parts of paper pulp; is it so? Thanks a lot

  • Pau28916468 Pau28916468 on Jun 12, 2021

    I would love to try this but where’s the recipe!?

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  • Dorothy Bogle Dorothy Bogle on Jul 23, 2017

    So great to see another example of papercrete! I have been assembling large rocks and boulders for several years, and even with Colorado high country conditions and contact with ground, they remain great after 4-5 years so far. It's time consuming, but even in these Rocky Mountains, I needed boulders I could move by myself! Purchase and delivery of desired size to my remote town was prohibitive pricewise, so I decided to see what I could create! So, be adventurous and get messy!

  • Wade A. Weeks Wade A. Weeks on Jul 14, 2021

    What recipe?