How to Make Paper Mache Bowls

Homemade paper mache bowls - a perfect gift for someone special

Paper mache is a traditional craft which is fun for kids of all ages. These paper mache bowls make a creative and inexpensive gift to give to someone special – perfect for Mother’s Day perhaps! (Miss 7’s Granma will be getting one for Mother’s Day this year). You can craft your bowl to whatever size you like and they’re ideal for holding trinkets, keys, loose change and more.

What you’ll need:

  • Bowl/s for molds – whatever size you would like
  • Cling wrap
  • Sellotape
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp salt (to prevent it going mouldy)
  • 2 cups water
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Newspaper or paper bags (we used the Countdown brown paper bags)
  • Acrylic paint (or interior/exterior house paint worked for us)
  • Craft sealer (optional)

How to Make your Paper Mache Bowls

Prepare the bowl/s you are using as your molds by covering them in cling wrap, taping it in place.
Make the paper mache paste by whisking together flour, salt and enough water to form a smooth, thin paste, similar in texture to pancake batter.

How to prep your bowl mold and make the paste for your paper mache bowls

Cut your newspaper or paper bags into strips approximately 3cm wide.
Dip the strips into the paste then run the paper through your fingers to remove the excess paste.

Start with your bowl upside down and place the strip over the base of the bowl, molding it into place.
Continue until your bowl is completely covered, extending the strips over the rim of the bowl as you can trim them once dry.
Once it’s covered, place your bowl upside down over a jar and leave to dry – at least 24 hours.

Pasting your paper strips on to your bowl mould to make paper mache bowls

If your bowl feels quite fragile you may wish to do another couple of layers at this stage.
Once dry, pop the paper mache bowl off the mold.
Tidy up the edges with scissors.

You’re now ready to paint your paper mache bowls!

We didn’t have any acrylic paint and since we were in covid-19 lockdown were unable to get any. So we used some Resene test pots we had to hand which worked really well.
You may like to cover the bowl with a craft sealer to finish them off.

Painting and decorating your paper mache bowls

What a gorgeous gift for your child to make and give to someone special!

If your child enjoyed this craft they may also like creating with homemade puff paint or making a hanging kokadama.

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