Papier-Mâché Bowl

This Papier-Mâché bowl is made at home with easy to find ingredients.

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  • Prep Time 0 min
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Petroleum jelly
cup all-purpose flour
cup cold water
Newspaper, torn into about 3x1-inch to 5x1-inch strips
Tempera paint (your favorite color)
Clear sealing spray for crafts, if you like


  • 1 Put the bowl upside down. Spread a thick layer of petroleum jelly over the outside and rim of bowl.
  • 2 Put the flour and water in the mixing bowl. Beat with the wire whisk until smooth.
  • 3 Dip 1 newspaper strip at a time into paste. Pull strip between 2 fingers to take off extra paste. Put wet paper strips on outside of bowl in an up-and-down pattern, covering all of bowl.
  • 4 Dip more paper strips into paste. Add a second layer of newspaper strips to bowl, putting them crosswise over the first layer of strips.
  • 5 Dip more newspaper strips into paste. Add 4 more layers of newspaper strips to bowl, first going up and down, then going across. Let dry for 24 hours.
  • 6 Take the papier-mâché bowl off the regular bowl, using a knife to loosen around the edge. Paint inside and outside of papier-mâché bowl with the tempera paint. Let dry.
  • 7 Spray the sealing spray on bowl to keep it longer. Store paste in a covered container in the refrigerator up to 5 days.


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