This is a fun, easy project for adults or children. Get creative, think of interesting ways to decorate your bowl or use selected words from a magazine on your first and last layers to make it a word art bowl.
I’ve tried to make bowls using the outside of one as a mold. I like the idea of using the inside of the bowl better. The only trick is to grease up the inside of the bowl so that your dried paper bowl will release. My instructions say to use petroleum jelly, however I am looking for an alternative since I don’t want to use petroleum based products.
Here’s how to make a papier mache bowl.
- molding bowl(s), plastic works best
- petroleum jelly substitute (please share your ideas!)
- torn up newspaper, magazine pages, ruined book pages, calendar pages, wrapping paper, basically any kind of scrap paper you can find
- eco paste (Put one cup of water and one cup of flour into a saucepan. Stir until smooth, bring to a boil, stirring, turn heat off and pour into a container to cool. Apply with a brush).
- Grease up the inside of your mold bowl.
- Cover the inside with strips of paper.
- Brush over with a layer of your eco paste.
- Add another layer of paper, another layer of paste and repeat. You should use 6-8 layers total.
- Allow your bowl to dry overnight, then trim around the edges to remove all the paper ends.
- Use a butter knife or spatula to gently loosen the bowl from its mold and slide out.
Optional: Now you can paint or decorate your bowl.
- Make two bowls and use one as a lid, now you can make an animal or a pumpkin bowl.
- If you don’t want to paint your bowl, use pretty papers to get effect you want (wrapping paper makes a lovely finished project).
Photo Credit: Bowl for Paper Mache by SuperWife2009 on Flickr under Creative Commons License.