Decorative accessories can really eat up your home decorating budget, but here is an easy project that even the kids can help with, and can blend with any style! Bowls can be used to display fruit, decorative objects, pretty storage, or as decorative accessories in their own right. Use old paper, a little leftover paint, and some flour paste to make beautiful decorative paper mache bowls, almost for free!


Supplies needed:

  • Flour and water paste
  • Primer
  • Craft Paint
  • Spray Sealer (Recommended, but optional!)
  • Kitchen bowl as form
  • Plastic Wrap

 Step One:

Cover the bottom of the bowl you have chosen with plastic wrap, and wrap it over the rim. Make a paste of flour and water until it is the consistency of pudding. Tear up small pieces of newspaper or other recycled paper from your home.

paper mache bowls

Step Two:

Dip the paper into the paste and apply a layer to the outside of the bowl. Build up the layer until the plastic wrap is comepletely covered. Let dry overnight. Repeat until you have several layers for strength. Let dry. Remove from the bowl form and remove the plastic wrap.

Step Three:

Use scissors to cut a clean edge around the rim of your paper mache bowl. I like to use a primer on the bowl first to block out any print or colors. Let dry. Paint with craft paints in your chosen colors. Don’t forget to consider metallic paints, a different color for the inside and outside of the bowl, or to add pattern. You can stamp and stencil, freehand designs, or print a word around the rim that carries meaning for you. Use your creativity, and dress it up to the style of your home!

Decorative paper mache bowls

 Step Four:

I like to spray it with a sealer, you can pick a can up at any craft store.

Now fill your bowl and enjoy years of decorative style you can be proud of! Don’t forget to experiment with different types of paper, adding paint to the glue and using white tissue paper, or using a faux stone paint finish. Let your creativity run wild, if you don’t like it, repaint it! These gorgeous paper mache bowls with gold metallic are from Etsy’s Yamarilet Pacheco.


Paper mache bowls

Right out of your kitchen, elegant, ceramic looking bowls from recycled paper and a few supplies from your kitchen and craft box!

Image Credits: Maberga Designs, Home Jelly, Houzz

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