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Paper Mache Bowl

Paper 2 - paper mache bowlYOU’LL NEED

  • Scrap paper (newsprint, magazines, old books)
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Paint
  • Scissors
  • Foam brush
  • Varathane


  • Choose a stainless steel bowl the size you’d like your bowl to be.
  • Rip up used newspapers into strips about 2.5 cm wide by 8 to 10 cm long. Precision is not important, and ripping is fun!
  • Turn the bowl upside down and lay a piece of plastic wrap over top.
  • In a separate bowl, mix one part flour to one part water (amounts depend on the size of your bowl, but it’s good to start with small amounts and make more as you need). Use your hands to mix until you have a pancake-batter like consistency.
  • Immerse paper strip into paste, then squeeze off excess paste between two fingers. Lay over plastic.
  • Continue covering the bowl like this with one layer of paper. Let dry.
  • Cover paste with plastic wrap while project dries, then repeat process with second layer. Let dry.
  • Trim paper around edge of bowl. Pop paper mache from bowl and remove plastic wrap. Let dry further if necessary.
  • Paint as desired. Coat with varathane spray to seal paint.

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