Paper Mache Bowls

Requirements: flour, water, salt, a bowl to use as a “form”, plastic wrap & tape, newspaper cut into strips, paint brush, acrylic craft paint, craft varnish.


  1. Cover a bowl in plastic wrap so you can remove your new bowl at the end.
  2. Make a paste with 1 cup of flour and about 1 cup of water to make a ‘pancake-like’ mixture. Add a couple of teaspoons of salt to prevent mould.
  3. Dip torn strips of newspaper in to the paste and remove excess with fingers.
  4. Cover the bowl and let dry. Repeat the process over several days until you have enough layers to make a strong bowl. About 3-4 layers is good.
  5. Remove from ‘form bowl’, tidy up the edges with scissors if required.
  6. Paint/decorate.
  7. Seal with a craft varnish.