Rainbow Papier Mâché Bowls

Mar 11, 2015

Make your own bright, beautiful rainbow bowl!

You Will Need:

  • tissue paper in rainbow colours
  • plastic wrap
  • Mod Podge (preferable) or watered down white glue
  • paintbrush
  • scissors
  • bowls (any size, you decide)

To begin, wrap your bowls with plastic wrap.

Two bowls, sides covered with plastic wrap and sitting upside down on a table.

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Cut your tissue paper into smallish squares, and rectangle shapes. Don't be too fussy, they don't have to be perfect shapes.

Six piles of different coloured tissue paper, cut into squares.

Brush one side of your tissue paper with Mod Podge (or your watered downwhite glue). 

Start layering it, Mod Podge side up (the Mod Podge will keep it all stuck together). Keep brushing it on and layering your tissue paper. 

You will be overlapping your colours a bit. Make sure the entire bowl is coated thoroughly with a thin layer of  Mod Podge.

Inverted bowl, covered with plastic wrap, with a small amount covered by tissue-paper coated with Mod Podge.

When complete, it should look something like this:

Inverted bowl, covered with layers of tissue paper in a rainbow-striped pattern and coated with Mod Podge.

Leave them to dry for at least 24 hours. When they are completely dry, take a butter knife and carefully run it on the underside
of your bowl and it should pop right off. (On the off chance it tears in any place, it can be quickly repaired by adding a little extra
tissue paper and Mod Podge—it's a very forgiving craft.)

Two school-aged kids holding their finished rainbow papier mâché bowls.

Now fill them up with something fabulous and enjoy!

A girl holding a finished rainbow bowl, filled with kiwis.

Article Author Maureen Macmillan
Maureen Macmillan

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Maureen Macmillan is one half of the blog Twig and Toadstool. The blog is primarily a natural based craft blog that she created with the help of her friend Shanti. They create beautiful crafts made out of natural and beautiful materials, things that are inspired by Mother Nature, embellished with glitter, whimsy and imagination! Maureen is a mother of two beautiful girls, ages five and 10, and she feels fortunate enough to live in a part of Eastern Ontario where she is surrounded by the beauty of the natural world and part of a community of parents who encourage creativity and JOY!

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