(Closed) Paper mache vs. the real deal?

posted 6 years ago in Decor
  • poll: Should I buy, paper mache or decoupage?!
    Buy buy buy! : (6 votes)
    75 %
    Paper Mache - it'll be messy but worth it! : (2 votes)
    25 %
    Decoupage - a good mix between the 2! : (0 votes)
    Obligatory other I'll tell you in the comments... : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    175 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    Many antique shops have various vintage teacups and other china pieces for extremely cheap. I’ve seen items for a dollar or so a cup. So my vote was to buy pieces…. It might take a bit of time looking, and sourcing out pieces, But IMO, it’ll look the best.

    Post # 4
    5093 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2012

    I had a masquerade ball for my reception.  I decided I was going to make paper mache masks for everyone to use instead of just buying the pre-made white mask bases because it would be cheaper.

    About twenty masks in, I decided to screw it.  It was taking hours and hours and hours per mask. 

    I think the teacups look a bit easier since you wouldn’t be making as many, you get to leave the base inside the teacup, and there aren’t any really curvy surfaces to do, but it still looks labor intensive.

    If you really want to have a labor-intensive DIY project you can call your own, this looks like a good one.  However, if you’re only considering it to save money, I think you should buy the cups.  You can get them for really, really cheap at antique stores and Goodwill.  The money you save by making the cups won’t be worth the hours you spend on them.

    Post # 5
    2023 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I definitely dont think its worth the time to make them!  Check your local Goodwill, thrift stores, antique malls, flea markets, eBay and of course – Craigslist!  They’ll have “orphaned” cups and saucers for cheap!!!

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