Saving the past.
I love how easy this project is, how little time it takes and how inexpensive the materials are. With this project you can create a stunning sustainable recycled paper bowl which immediately gives character to any room.
Though for the original project I used real vintage hand painted wallpaper for this tutorial I used a city map of Amsterdam.
* * * PASTE * * *
NON BOILED PASTE (is not clear so you need to remove smudges with a cloth when project has dried)
Mix one part of flour with two parts of water and two tablespoons of salt (to prevent mould).
BOILED PASTE (is clear but is hard to get of of the bowl when hardened)
Mix one part of flour with 5 parts of water and two tablespoons of salt (to prevent mould) boil but stir constantly to get a reasonably thick but smooth paste.
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For this bowl I used the boiled paste.
Take a bowl of any desired size, this will be your mould.
Cover workspace with old newspaper or whatever paper you have laying around.
Cover the outside or your bowl with plastic wrap.
Tear paper strips (using a ruler to guide the tearing) of your desired paper to make up the inside of the bowl.
Lay pieces onto the bowl with wrong side facing.
Cut long strips of newspaper 3cm wide and 5cm long.
Lay pieces onto the bowl. The more layers the more sturdy the bowl, but you will need at least 8 layers in total. Work in round.
(You could speed this step up by using wallpaper because it's flexible enough and very thick)
Put the final layer on top. Let dry, mine took at least 24hours to dry but you can speed up the process by placing it near heating.
When it has completely dried remove the paper bowl of of its mould. I used a small size knitting needle to do so. Trim the excess with scissors give the bowl a mod podge (mixed with water) coating and you're done!