In our(Indian) traditions most of occasions we used bamboo baskets and bamboo tray used in the kitchen for regular use.After few months the bamboo tools became and looks like older.To bring newer look to them my Grandma used to make this paper mache clay and paste it to bamboo tools,dry it at sunlight.When I was in PG I made this elephant craft with that paper mache.Materials :
Old news papers
Water for soak
Black acrylic color or ash color
materials for decoration as per your taste..
Tear the old papers as you can,soak fenugreek seeds and papers about 1 or 2 days.Drain them completely and grind into fine thick and smooth paste.To get the dough consistency of paper mache I added fenugreek seeds.you can also add all purpose/wheat flour(not too much) to paper mache rather adding fenugreek seeds
now take the paper mache into your hands and mold the elephant shape.I made this craft 3 yrs ago.I don't have step by step pictures.I have only final craft.So here I am explaining step by step with dough.