fruit bowl

Dan let me use his fancy digital SLR to take pictures of my new fruit bowl today:

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I got tired of using one of my two mixing bowls to store fruit and then having to dump the fruit out when I needed to mix something, so I made a papier mache fruit bowl. I used a basic papier mache goop: 1 part flour/ 2 parts water/ a glug of white glue and a good big shake of salt. I had to buy a newspaper. It’s kind of hilarious that I only buy a newspaper when I need a lot of cheap paper for a project…

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When the basic bowl was dry I gave it two coats of white acrylic paint. Next time I will be smart and use white printer paper for the last layer of papier mache. Then I used Mod Podge to apply a layer of yellow tissue paper to the outside of the bowl and then some orange and red flowers. The inside is just white with a coating of Mod Podge.

Hooray for making something very useful and decorative out of almost nothing!

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5 Responses to “fruit bowl”

  1. Chloe

    I love it!!

  2. Annie MacHale

    Hooray, indeed! This is cool. The bright colors will add cheer to your kitchen. What does the acrylic paint do for it? I’m thinking of trying mod podge to coat and stiffen small woven pieces for jewelry because I have seen others do it. I need time to play and get gooey.
    ~ Annie

  3. Karen S.

    Cute! Did you use another bowl as a mold?

  4. kara

    Chloe – thanks!

    Annie – The white paint was to cover up the ugly newsprint so it wouldn’t show through the tissue paper. And that’s why I’ll use white paper for the last layer next time :)

    Karen – Yep, I used my largest mixing bowl as a mold, covered with plastic wrap.

  5. Margareta M

    So nice and really in the line of right thinking and envirionmentally friendly. But with printer paper, hm well, guess its optional and gets an OK if works out.
    Idea is great.


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