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 (

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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.