The quickest drying recipe for paper mache is a water and glue mixture, which is different to traditional recipes. Traditional paper mache recipes use a mixture of flour and water that are either boiled together or combined as raw materials.
Glue-based paper mache dries faster than traditional flour and water recipes. To create glue-based paper mache, mix 2 parts white glue, such as Elmer's Glue, with 1 part water. Clear glue can also be used, but the measurements change to 3 parts clear glue to 1 part water.
Traditional paper mache recipes use a mixture of flour and water. These recipes are not as fast drying as the glue-based recipe, but projects will dry in less time if less layers of paper mache are used.
To create the raw recipe, mix 1 part flour with 1 part water. Use a little salt to prevent mold, and mix until there are no clumps in the mixture. The recipe for cooked paper mache calls for 1 cup of flour and 5 cups of water. Whisk to remove lumps, and then boil for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the pot from the stove, add 3 tablespoons of sugar and let cool.
One tip to dry traditional paper mache faster is to blow air on the object with an electric fan. Another tip is to turn the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, leave on for 20 minutes, then turn it off and sit the project on a cookie sheet in the oven for one hour. A final tip is to dry the project using a blow dryer on the lowest setting.