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Simple DIY Fruit Bowls

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These paper mache fruit bowls are an easy DIY just in time for summer | Wellnesting

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
Plastic Wrap
A small cup or bowl
Scissors
Paint brush
Spray paint
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.
 

These paper mache fruit bowls are an easy DIY just in time for summer | Wellnesting
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Let dry thoroughly, then using a pair of sharp scissors, trim down the edges.
  4. 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.
  5. Spray paint the outside of the bowl and let dry.
  6. 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.
These paper mache fruit bowls are an easy DIY just in time for summer | Wellnesting