Join Design Team Expert Lowri McNabb today as she shows you how to create an altered Halloween bowl. Try these techniques with any patterned paper found in your favorite Echo Park Paper collection! You may have noticed this darling project as our recent Halloween Facebook banner. Now you can give it a shot!
I created these little pumpkins using my Cameo and this file here. (Note: They are very delicate when cut so you will need to put them together carefully to avoid popping any of the seams open!)
The fabulous range of orange and green prints in this collection were perfect for creating the bases and leaves of the pumpkins.
I created the bowl using a really simple paper mache technique I saw on a kids TV show! I have a tutorial at the end of the post showing how I made it.
- Oil the bowl lightly. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and invert onto a tumbler. Cut newspaper into thin strips (about ¾” wide) and mix PVA glue with water until the consistency of cream.
- Lightly coat the paper in the glue mix and run the strips between two fingers to remove excess glue. Stick the coated paper strips onto the bowl.
- Begin by forming a layer over the base and then simply add alternate layers of vertical and horizontal papers, making sure the paper strips hang over the edge of the bowl.
- Repeat until your bowl is covered in at least 4 layers of paper. Leave to dry thoroughly in a dry, warm spot (overnight should do it). Keep the bowl on the tumbler during the drying process.
- Carefully remove your paper mache bowl from the cling wrap and trace around the inside edge to form a neat rim. Use the bowl placed inside the paper mache form as a guide.
- Use scissors to trim the excess paper from the bowl. Don’t worry about being too exact.
- Using the same technique as before, add strips of patterned paper to the bowl until completely covered
- Cover with a layer of glossy Mod-Podge as a seal and to give the bowl some shine.
- Trim any paper from the base so the bowl will sit flat.
If you have any questions or comment, please post them below. This is a fun project to do with older children. If I feel brave I will attempt it with my kids outside in the upcoming summer months (Lowri resides in New Zealand).
Have you tried making your own paper mache before? It looks like lots of gooey fun. Talk about customization. If you recreate her steps, we'd love to see the results! Simply share your project with our community Facebook page. We can't wait to see what you've made!