Paper Mache Super Bowl Craft
It’s almost time for the big game, so why not make some fun paper mache bowls in your favorite team’s colors! Great for sorting blocks, holding Legos, or containing toy cars. While these look fun for holding snacks, it’s best to only use them for non-edible items or for prepackaged items like bagged pretzels or crackers.
Note: This is a weekend project. Several layers of wet newspaper will need to dry overnight and then paint will need to dry after that. Plan this project accordingly.
To make these bowls you will need:
Bowl, cup or bucket
Decoupage medium (or white glue and water mixed 2:1)
Craft paint in team colors
Start by inflating the balloons to the size you want your bowls to be. I made three different sizes. Place balloons, knot side down, into a bucket to act as a stand.
Use a sponge applicator to add a layer of decoupage to balloons.
Add strips of newspaper to the wet balloon and use your applicator to add more decoupage medium over the top of the strips.
Once you have a full layer of newspaper on all the balloons, start again at the first balloon and add another layer of decoupage. Then add another layer of newspaper strips. Continue this process until you have 4-5 layers of newspaper on the balloons. Allow them to dry overnight.
Pop the balloon. If it doesn’t release from the newspaper right away, give it a few seconds…
The balloon will release and you’ll be able to remove it.
Be sure to sweep out any remaining bits of dried decoupage that were on the balloon and may have been left over inside the bowl.
Trim the rim of the bowl with scissors.
Here’s what they will look like when all trimmed up!
Paint the inside of the bowls with two coats of paint. Allow them to dry completely. Turn that bowls over and paint the second color, two coats will be needed here as well. Let dry completely before using.
Hint: These bowls have a round bottom. When you place items inside the bowl it may tip to one side from the weight of the item. You can avoid this by turning the bowl upside down and very carefully pressing in the center of the bottom of the bowl to “dent” it. This will allow the bottom to stand sturdier.
Project created by Amanda Formaro for Kix Cereal. Amanda is a well-known craft expert and has been writing and crafting on the Internet for over fifteen years. Find out more on her blog, Crafts by Amanda, where she shares tutorials with step-by-step photos for adults and kids alike.