Jun 10, 2011

Paper-Mache Bowl

Paper-mache projects can work really well with any upcoming Earth Day themes. My favorite recipe for the mache is included below.
1. Tape a balloon to a heavy bowl so that is doesn't move. Apply strips of newspaper covered in mache in both directions. Apply 2 - 3 layers. Allow to dry for several days.
2. When the bowl is dry and hard, pop the balloon if it hasn't already done so. Trim the edges of the bowl evenly with a scissors.
3. Tape a round cardboard circle to the bottom of the bowl with lots of masking tape. Apply several layers of newspaper in all directions.
4. When the bowl is dry and hard, apply a final layer of paper towel strips covered in mache.
5. When the bowl is dry, apply acrylic paint in a creative fashion. Lastly, cover with a coating of Mod Podge to protect the surface. This bowl was made by a 1st grader.
Paper Mache Recipe:
1 cups all-purpose flour
4 cups cold water
4 cups boiling water
1/2 cup sugar
In a bowl, combine the flour and cold water. Add to the saucepan of boiling water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar. Let it cool; it will thicken as it cools. Once it does, it is ready to use.


Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Oh you have great projects this week! I love the Earth Day idea!

themagiconions said...

I have been wanting to do paper mache with my kids but haven't known which recipe to use... thanks for this post as now I know! Perhaps I'll post our project...

Our family said...

I did something like this ages ago with older children(now teenagers), they made a paper maché bowl and then painted it like a watermelon, it was so realistic.
I'll give this on a try with my youngest (she's nearly 5),she's really happy in the kitchen getting the glue ready for when she gets back from school this afternoon.
Your art projects are fantastic!

mc said...

This bowl is so beautiful!

nettieshue said...

We are enjoying this project. We haven't completed it as yet, but I must say the paste is wonderful. I am so glad that I tried it. Again, thank you for another great project. Your site adds a fantastic dimension to our homeschooling. To see our progress so far click here. http://nettieshue.wordpress.com/2009/04/09/paper-mache-bowls/

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Ashley Kate said...

Oh, this is wonderful! I used a variation of this project in a school-age lesson plan - the children will be doing it in a couple of weeks. The theme for that week is culinary arts, and they are holding a bake sale as their overall weekly project. I am encouraging them to use these bowls for presenting their baked goods! Fabulous :o)

Thank you for all of your fantastic posts!

Ashley Kate

Mrs Red said...

Kathy, what is the reason you boil the mixture? I use a similar line up of ingredients except I use salt rather than sugar because we live in the tropics (Queensland, Australia) and it helps the project not go mouldy before it has dried. Just interested more than anything :)

Kathy Barbro said...

Boiling makes the mixture a bit thick, which I find helpful. I think it builds up the surface faster than if you just used water with some flour stirred in. That's my preference anyway. :)

Kathy said...

We are doing sculpture right now and I have made up the paste with the cooking method and also with the uncooked flour. I do like the cooking method because it made more paste that with just fresh flour and water. I've never put sugar in our paste, but I have put salt in it. We also like to empty out a small white glue bottle into our batch of paste to add strength and get rid of a partially used glue bottle!

candy said...

How long is the paste good for after it is mixed, and if it can be stored, how do I do that? BTW I LOVE your Site. I do art projects for a kids club at our church, but have No art training background and little skill, your website Site makes it easy for me to make an example work and to teach the children how to make their own. It is wonderful to see their versions, they are so much more creative than me! Thank you for your wisdom and time in the things you share!

Lindsay Burden said...

Thanks for the great tutorial! I've added these cool bowls to our summer art bucket list!
My kids are so excited to try paper mache. Thank you!!
Lindsay - Homespun Sprout