Thursday, March 25, 2010

Paper Mache Grass Bowl

Sorry guys! I've been kind of M.I.A. with the projects lately! I've been a busy little bee with some design jobs and rehabbing a few craigslist finds. But, I'm back! And, I've got a fun one for you today! Easter is coming and I needed a little art project to enjoy with Buster "J." I remembered seeing this project in a magazine a while back and thought I'd give it a whirl. It's super simple, fun to do with the kiddos or on your own, and just in time for the upcoming holiday.

Shred some lightweight paper using either a paper shredder or just cutting strips with scissors. I did mine in varying colors of green, but any bright color would be fun!

For the glue, mix 1 part water to 2 parts glue. Cover the outside of a bowl with saran wrap and tape inside to hold it in place. Paint a thin layer of glue over the saran.

Lightly sprinkle the strips of paper with water to moisten, and start layering paper over the bowl.

Once finished layering on the paper, apply a coating of glue over the paper. Let sit undisturbed until it's completely dry and hardened. Mine took about 36 hours.

Gently separate the bowl from the saran, then the saran from the paper strips. Take your time and whala! DONE! I can't wait to fill this with some dyed eggs. More pictures to come. I just didn't have anything exciting to fill it with yet.
P.S. Speaking of dying eggs, I have some FREE labels and tags coming to help you host an egg dyeing party. Stay tuned for those little goodies.


  1. Such a cute idea! I have been looking for something to make with my shredded paper! I wonder if it would look okay with shredded up bills!?! I guess I could always paint it green after the fact! Thanks for sharing!

  2. This is such an awesome idea! You are so stinking creative, I love it!!

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  3. So cute! I hope I remember to make one of these next year :)

  4. Great idea and beautiful creation. Did you try it with a crosscut shredder or strip cut shredder? Maybe it would be interesting to try and mix both clippings. I often check out the forum, they have a lot of great ideas and inspirations for more crafts. And if you are looking for more ways to recycle read Shredding and Recycling 2010.

  5. You did a nice version of the shredded paper birds’ nest! I like the effect of the grass cut-outs! I think it would be nice to decorate it with small flower cut-outs too!

    Ruby Badcoe