See? I wasn't kidding about that whole paper mache obsession a few weeks ago.
While I love the look of the nesting bowls I made, this time I was going for something a little easier (drawing all those little flowers took a while...) and a little more summery. I was inspired by this sweet fruit illustration I stumbled onto on Pinterest and I thought they would make great little bowls to hold all sorts of trinkets.
Now I'm just kicking myself for not making more so I could do the watermelon and the lemon. Cute, modern, and so easy.
Here's what you need:
Newspaper torn into 1 inch strips
A small cup or bowl
Acrylic paint in a variety of colors
Sharpie paint pens in white and black
For the paper mache paste:
1/4 c flour
1 1/4 c water
Whisk flour and water together in a small saucepan until smooth and the lumps have been worked out. Boil for 3 minutes on medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and let cool.
- Tear off a small piece of plastic wrap and place it on a flat surface. Lightly coat newspaper with flour paste and lay flat on plastic wrap. Keep laying strips of paper down until you have about 5-6 layers.
- Pick up the entire piece of plastic wrap/newspaper and lay it over a cup or bowl. Gently press down in the middle and at the sides until it's in the shape of a dish with sides about an inch tall. You might see the paper start to fold in some places, which is OK. I simply pressed the folds down and laid a couple strips of newspaper over top.
- Let dry thoroughly, then using a pair of sharp scissors, trim down the edges.
- Paint the inside with several thin layers of acrylic paint. Be sure to let dry for several minutes between layers so that the paper mache doesn't warp.
- Spray paint the outside of the bowl and let dry.
- Finally, go back and add the details using a Sharpie paint pen. I used white for the seeds and then came back with a black pen and added the outline. Let dry.