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Scrap Paper Bowls

Do you have loads of scrap paper? Or should I say, do you have a child? Because if so, chances are you have loads of scrap paper! That is exciting! For many pieces of scrap paper make many lovely Scrap Paper Bowls! The process of making these is good ole messy fun. What makes it all worth it, aside from the massively glorious sensory experience is the longevity of these bowls! They will last forever! And *that* is even more exciting.

There is more than one way to complete this project. We originally did so by using balloons as the base from which to build the shape. It may be easier however just to use your favorite existing bowl. Simply wrap the outside bottom of the bowl in plastic wrap and follow steps 2-8 replacing the balloon for your favorite bowl shape.


*Scrap paper

*Glue Gun

*Jute Rope

*Mod Podge

*Balloons or your favorite bowl

*Foam brush


*Parchment or wax paper


1. Tape the inflated balloon down to a surface to stabilize it. Alternately, cover your bowl in plastic wrap.

2. Using your foam brush, paint a thick layer of Mod Podge onto the balloon or plastic wrap covered bowl.

3. Begin to layer your scrap paper onto the balloon. It is best to use small pieces. Smaller pieces will lay flatter.

4. Continue layering until you have about 4 layers of scrap paper around the balloon. Be sure to pay attention to the area that will become the top edge of the bowl. Make sure the bowl is at least 4 layers thick to ensure stability.

5. After the bowl is finished, let it dry for about 4 hours.

6. Pop the balloon when the bowl is mostly dry. Cut the raw edge of the bowl to form a clean edge.

7. At this point, you can clean up the inside of the bowl by adding more scrap paper to your desired look. To do so, paint more Mod Podge on the interior with your foam brush. Layer on the scrap paper. Finish with a layer of Mod Podge. Allowed to dry overnight on wax or parchment paper.

8. Glue on the jute to give the bowl a finished look. We wrapped and glued the jute around 4 times.

Enjoy your Scrap Paper Bowls for a long time to come! Have a wonderful day!


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