Paper Mache Bowls

Hi Royals!


Here's a fun craft you can do with your little ones! All information was gathered from The Spruce Crafts (https://www.thesprucecrafts.com)


Supplies Needed


  • Water

  • Flour

  • Mixing Bowl

  • Spoon or whisk

  • Small Bowl (for the base shape)

  • Newspaper

  • Paint and brushes


Steps to Make Paper-Mache


Step 1:

Mix one part flour and two parts water in a large bowl and stir it well. You want the mixture to be thin, with a consistency similar to pancake batter. Store mixture in refrigerator for a couple days for maximum results.

Tips

  • Keep mixing until there are very few lumps left. Use a whisk or a hand-held blender to remove any remaining lumps. 

  • Add more water or flour as needed, until the mix is runny like white glue, not thick like a paste. 

  • If you don't like the smell of the mixture, add a pinch of cinnamon for fragrance.

  • Add a few drops of food coloring to the glue, if necessary, but use care as food coloring can stain fabric.

  • If you live in an area with high humidity, add a few tablespoons of salt to prevent mold.

  • Though it is uncommon, some people with sensitive skin may have an allergic reaction to the flour mixture. A mild rash is the most common reaction. If your child has very sensitive skin, a pair of rubber gloves will protect them.


Step 2:

Cover your bowl in aluminum foil. This will help protect the bowl and make for easy removal later. Once the bowl is covered, generously spray the foil with a cooking spray.


Step 3:

Tear up old newspapers into strips, about 1- to 2- inches wide. Length may vary depending on the size of your bowl.

Tips:

  • Tear the newspaper into strips—do not cut it. Torn strips lay smoother.


Step 4:

Dip one strip of newspaper into the paste, making sure the paper is fully saturated. Then run the strip through your fingers to squeeze any access paste off the paper.

Tips:

  • Be generous when dipping the newspaper strips into the paste—you want each piece thoroughly saturated.


Step 5:

Turn your bowl upside down and stick the newspaper strip over the bowl, smoothing it down with your fingers until it lies flat.