Paper Mache and Yarn Bowls!


It was a beautifully snowy, but terribly cold, winter’s day in the Sierra and we were looking for something FUN and crafty to do indoors.  We looked online and came across a great yarn and paper mache bowl project made by the very creative Carolyn at  homework: today’s assignment: be inspired

We made the simple paper mache paste first and Captain did all of the measuring.  It came out pretty thick and a bit lumpy so I added a few squirts of white school glue for good measure.  It made a lot of paste and next time I will plan to make a pinata or another craft with the leftovers, which seem to keep pretty well with a plate on top.

Paper Mache recipe:    Mix 2 1/2 cups flour and 2 cups cold water in a bowl.  Boil 2 cups water.  Add cold mixture to the boiling water and bring back to boil.  Remove from heat and add 3 tablespoons of sugar.  It will thicken as it cools.

Here we go!

We covered our mixing bowls with saran wrap and placed them upside down on newspaper on the kitchen counter.  Now comes the fun part! Submerge your yarn into the gooey mess of paste being careful not to tangle it too much (my bowl was supposed to be bigger but I got so knotted up at the end that I couldn’t get it untangled) and begin coiling from the bottom. Captain and I laughed and laughed during all of this and I was reminded of a special thought regarding arts and crafts:  It’s not about the end product, rather the process of creation!

When you get to where you want to be with your bowl, let it sit until dry (ours took 2 days) then peel your piece carefully from the bowl and remove the plastic wrap. Voila!  Our bowls turned out pretty and much sturdier than I thought they would be.


I highly recommend this project for adults and kids alike.  Captain is 5 and made hers completely on her own, but I think it might have been difficult even a few months ago or if she wasn’t in the mood to be a bit careful and patient (laughing and poking each other with pasty fingers really keeps things flowing).
If you decide to make a yarn & paper mache bowl of your own, we would LOVE to see it!
Good thoughts, Karen
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