Fall Paper Mache Bowl for Fun Decor Piece

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If I say "paper mache," what do you think of? Covering a balloon in newspaper soaked in a goopy mess to make your own pinata? Or a globe that you paint for geography class? That's my memory of paper mache from when I was little. I always thought it was the coolest thing ever. But I hadn't done it in probably 30 years, until now when I made this super cool scrappy fall bowl as a home decor item. Awesome, right? Make this one-of-a kind fall decor paper mache bowl out of paper scraps and mod podge!

Fall Paper Mache Bowl for Trendy Decorating

This is paper mache all grown up, people. You can use paper scraps and Mod Podge to create your own one-of-a-kind paper mache bowl for a fun and trendy fall centerpiece. Make this one-of-a kind paper mache bowl for fall centerpiece out of paper scraps and mod podge! And of course, like everything I do, it's super easy.

Supplies for Fall Paper Mache Bowl

Make this one-of-a kind paper mache bowl out of paper scraps and mod podge!

How to Make an Easy Paper Mache Bowl

To start, blow up your balloon and place it in a bowl to stabilize it. Make this one-of-a kind paper mache bowl out of paper scraps and mod podge! Next, cover the top of the balloon with a layer of Mod Podge. You don't need to do a huge area, but make sure you get a good, thick coat on there. How to make your simple paper mache bowl for fall table piece Now just start layering on your circles! After you place each circle, paint on an additional layer of Mod Podge to make sure the circles stick to each other. How to Make a Modge Podge Paper Mache Bowl Continue layering circles until your bowl is the size that you want. Now comes the hard part (for me, anyway): waiting. You want to make sure your bowl is completely dry before you pop the balloon, so let it sit overnight. How to make a one-of-a kind paper mache bowl out of paper scraps and mod podge! Once your bowl is totally dry, pop that balloon! Now, I will warn you: when you pop the balloon, your bowl will cave in upon itself and make you want to cry because you'll be certain that everything is ruined and all that hard work was for nothing. Do not panic. Just carefully peel the balloon away, and your bowl will bounce back into its original shape. How to make this one-of-a kind paper mache bowl out of paper scraps and mod podge! See?? Told you not to panic! Now, it's up to you what you want to do from here. You could leave it as-is, with the inside white (or if you use double-sided paper, then you're good to go!); you could paint the inside a solid color; or you could do what I did, which was add another layer of scrapbook paper circles on the inside. Make this one-of-a kind paper mache bowl out of paper scraps and mod podge! If you decide to go that route, just go ahead and do what you did on the outside. Layer up your circles, and just be sure to match up the top row with the outside circles. Make this one-of-a kind paper mache bowl out of paper scraps and mod podge! That's it! Let it dry, and you have yourself a fabulous paper mache bowl!

Just think of all the ways you could customize this! I made mine using fall colors, but you could use any colors you want. How cool would it be to use old Christmas cards or wrapping paper for a holiday bowl?

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Hi, I’m Jenn. I’m a freelance writer and editor who lives in central Pennsylvania with my husband and three boys. Yeah. That’s a lot of testosterone in one house. I love decorating, DIYing, crafting, baking, and cooking, and I’m constantly scouring everything I see for inspiration. My ideas can come from anywhere: Pinterest, books, magazines, stores, TV shows, websites, other blogs, other people’s homes, nature. You name it, and I’ve gotten an idea from it. {Literally. I selected the color scheme for our family room from a pocket pack of tissues. Totally not making that up.} I hope to teach others that, if you really pay attention to the world around you, you can get inspiration from anything! I love to hear from readers, so be sure to leave me a comment! Or, if you’d prefer to email me, you can do that too — just visit my contact form. Thanks for stopping by!

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