i've been on the hunt for some small bowls to help organize my jewelry drawer and when the usual places weren't hitting the spot (anthro! why are you so expensive?) i figured i could take a stab at some paper mache bowls with materials that i already have in my house.
here's what you'll need:
- a balloon for each bowl
- a jar to suspend the balloon
- flour + water for paper mache paste. refined flower works best.
- glue for base
- thick twine for a coil base
- paint/stickers/tape/glitter for decoration.. whatever your heart desires.
- mod podge to seal
here's some quick & dirty directions....
blow up the balloon to the desired size and start covering with strips of newspaper dipped in flour paste ( i use about 3 parts water, 1 part flour). you'll want to do several layers... it's hard to keep track, but at least 7 will do. be sure to make the bowl height taller than your final product, you'll trim the edges down later. let dry overnight.
after it's dried, i glue a base out of some twine i had laying around. i used extra glue to make the twine harden.
i trimmed one of bowls with a scallop edge...
quick tip: when painting layers on the dry bowls, you may have to do this over a few days. every time i painted them with a blue layer the newspaper becomes soft and starts to warp a bit.]
and the scalloped one has big polka dots inside of them -- dotted with the eraser of a pencil. the scallops were great for keeping my earrings in place (i spy merah earrings!).
here they are together... they will be nice & happy in my drawer.