DIY Paper Mache Bowls


After stumbling upon Kelli Murray’s tutorial for DIY Gold Leaf Paper Mache Bowls, I decided to try it out with my own little twist! The best part of this craft is that I had everything I needed right at home! I made these for my boyfriend’s mom and she absolutely adores them! They are made of paper and glue, so clearly they cannot be washed. The intent behind them is to be used as jewelry holders!

What you’ll need:

  • Matte mod podge
  • A foam brush 
  • A paint brush
  • Balloons
  • Newspaper
  • Paint of any kind. I used white acrylic and gold and bronze metallic paint

Let’s get started!

ONE – The bowl forms are created using balloons. I blew them up into different sizes so not all my bowls were the same size.

TWO – Cut up your newspaper into small strips. Any type of newspaper will do, as long as it’s the same paper texture. Using a foam brush, glue the newspaper to your balloon using the mod podge. The more layers, the thicker the bowl. Apply more than you think you need!

THREE – Place your balloons tie side down inside paper cups and let them dry overnight.

FOUR –  Once dry, paint the outside with a paint color of your choice. I did two layers of white paint with a paint brush. After I painted them, I realized it would have been much easier if made the last layer of mache with white computer paper so that I wouldn’t have to paint the bottom white and save paint, but oh well! It was fun.

FIVE – Once dry, pop your balloon and remove the latex. I was surprised when the balloon started removing itself! Once the latex is removed, you will have a bowl mold with imperfect edges. Just use scissors to trim it down to the depth you want. Once I realized how large I had made my bowls, I cut them down quite a bit, but it’s completely up to you! It doesn’t have to be perfect. I love the irregular shape.

SIX – After I cut them down, I painted the insides gold and bronze and splatter painted them too!




I love them! They require a lot of patience though. There needs to be 3-5 layers of newspaper, which took hours. Overall, this project took two days! I think it was so worth it. My boyfriend’s mom loved them too! Just watch a movie while doing them and time will fly. 🙂

Let me know if you try it out or have any questions!

Laurie Hamame

Ball of sunshine. Chronic giggler. A lover of all things sweet potato. An overly friendly, world traveling, body positive warrior. Avid bookworm. Self-proclaimed chef and spiritually Italian. Promotor of daily walks, coffee dates and 30-second dance parties.

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Laurie Hamame

Ball of sunshine. Chronic giggler. A lover of all things sweet potato. An overly friendly, world traveling, body positive warrior. Avid bookworm. Self-proclaimed chef and spiritually Italian. Promotor of daily walks, coffee dates and 30-second dance parties.

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