Do you love the look of these paper mache bowls? I just adore their simple organic style and colors. What I don’t adore is the price tags that come with the vintage ones.
I thought I would try to make one of my own.
This is such a simple DIY. You can do it in just an hour or so and even your kids can help.
You only need a few things:
- vegetable oil (any oil I think would work). just keep the plastic wrap from sticking to the bowl
- plastic wrap
- a bowl you want to use as your form for creating your masterpiece
- Bag of Paper Mache. I got mine from Hobby Lobby $6.99
I used this medium-sized bowl. I knew I wanted it to be pretty big.
First Step: cover the bowl with the oil. I simply used my hands and made sure to evenly cover the entire thing.
Next cover the bowl with plastic wrap. I used two pieces overlapped.
Now mix the paper mache following the directions on the bag. I just guessed at how much I would need. This bag is large and you will be able to mix more quickly if you need more.
And begin shaping your bowl.
I just grabbed the paper in handfuls and went to work.
Your hands are your tools. Just mold the paper and press against the bowl.
I wanted the bowl to have a round base. I grabbed the paper and molded it into almost a long cylinder shape. I wanted it to be rounded.
Keep molding it into the base. The key is to make sure it will become one piece, so just keep working with it.
To create a rim or ridge in the bowl, press your finger slightly into the paper mache to create a design.
I created one at the top and bottom.
This is where you can customize your bowl
The last step, and the hardest… LET IT DRY! The bowl I made took 2 days to dry. You can place it outside if the weather is warm and sunny. I put mine outside and then put it in a warm room of my home. I am thrilled with how it turned out. I decided to display it with thread spools in front of my vintage scissor collection.
I definlty will be making more.
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