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Milk Jug Mask

1.  Make your Paper Mache Recipe

Toilet Paper Mache Paste

Ingredients list

1 roll toilet paper (I use Angel Soft because it breaks down easy)

¾ cup Elmer’s glue

1 cup Joint compound

¾ cup flour

  1. Soak toilet paper roll in bowl of water
  2. Remove the cardboard tube in center
  3. Ring out water from toilet paper roll
  4. Tear paper into small pieces
  5. Mix prepared toilet paper with remaining ingredients.

Mix all ingredients well until it forms a paste. I found that the paste works better when you let it sit an hour before using.  Store the leftover paste up to 4 days.


I used these brands of joint compound and glue



Use scissors to cut your gallon milk jugs in half vertically.
Cut off the handles too…
Cover with tape the holes where the handles were.  You can use either half of the jugs to make your mask.  I showed you an example of each that was used.


Press the paste onto your jug half.  I used thinner layers, letting them dry between the layers.  The more layers you have, the thicker/stronger the mask becomes.  I let mine dry in the sun.  It took too long  to dry indoors…but I’m VERY impatient!


I used the second layer to add some features like some eyebrows and a ridge on the nose.  It’s time to get creative here.  What do I have to lose?  It’s only toilet paper. LOL


I have my final shape! I carefully loosened my mask from it’s form so I can primer the whole thing.  It is easier if you keep bending the jug to help loosen it’s grip.  I used Valspar premium, white colored primer that I purchased at Lowe’s. I sprayed the primer on the front and the back.  This is so the acrylic paints will not re-wet and break apart the paper Mache.


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Sofa table updated in an afternoon, really


The sofa table was really shiny so I decided to lightly sand the whole thing.  The shabby paints that I use usually stick to everything but I wanted to make sure that I had a good surface for it to adhere to.  Shabby Paints.comstep2sofatable


I painted the whole top with Marine Blue and the legs with Cali Taupe.  Shabby Paints dry fast.  It dried within 30 minutes! REALLY…so I recoated it 30 minutes later.



I randomly taped off the whole top with 3M, safe-release tape that I bought at Lowe’s.  I then used various colors of Shabby Paints to fill in on the top to make my patterns.  I always peal away the tape immediately after painting to reveal my design. I sanded off some of the paints to reveal some of the wood underneath and give it a distressed look.
I applied one coat of clear Sabby Paint Vax sealer.  I waited an hour to dry and applied a coat of Re-Vax in black to give it an antiqued appearance. (yes, that is my unmade bed in the background.  Don’t judge me!