So, I brought home the extra flour with the intention of baking but....I lost track of it. I must have had something else in my arms when I put it down. Anyway, I have a five pound bag of flour I will not use for baking. The clock has been ticking. It wasn't vacuum sealed. And...now I have a five pound bag of paper mache paste. Or, maybe it's wall paper paste. I don't know yet, but I looked online and here are some things people are doing with flour that has past its prime!
Paper mache paste: water, flour. That's it. Raw paper paste is just add water to flour until it is the consistency you want.
There is a method for making paste with boiled water, I have never used it and probably won't because all online 'authorities' say it is not as strong and requires more layers of paper to make your project firm.
There are five recipes for flour clay for modeling at this site. I have used two (#2 & 3)of them and they work well.
Modeling Clay Recipes
Make Homemade Modeling Clay
By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D., About.com Guide
Dry Shampoo – Don’t have time to wash your hair? Get the oil out with a flour-based dry shampoo!
Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/16-surprising-uses-for-flour.html#ixzz2fCBbt19g
Deter Ants in the Garden – You’d think that flour would attract ants, but putting flour around a plant that they’re bothering will actually deter them.
Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/16-surprising-uses-for-flour.html#ixzz2fCBqgSZX
Sprinkle it on squash or potato plants.Many gardeners swear by this old, all-natural pest control tip. To rid yourself of buggy predators, simply sprinkle the squash or potato plants with a fine layer of flour.