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Paper Mache and Fabric Bowls P

I saw these paper mache and fabric bowls on Pinterest and something about the project appeals to me. It’s the recycling of fabric scraps that I love- which I happen to have in droves. Perhaps because it’s a project the teens might enjoy? And I love any excuse to play with paper mache. This is an excellent craft for kids. No sewing machine or needles needed. A pile of fabric scraps, glue and paper mache is all you need for creative practice and fun.

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Step 1 Make the paper mache shapes-

We made the paper mache bowl shapes, using the balloon method. Take a blown up balloon and cover it with newspaper strips dipped in “glue”. Make the “glue” by mixing flour and water together into a paste. Once the balloon (or other shape) is adequately covered, set the balloons aside over night. The paper mache will take about 6 hours to dry completely. 

While you are waiting for the paper mache to dry, get out your fabric scraps and start sorting. Cut fabrics into squares, rectangles, circles- whatever suits!

After letting the paper mache dry, pop the balloon and you have your bowl shape! 

Step 2 Sorting the fabric scraps-

Sorting the scraps feels like making a quilt. Many not-very-hard steps but a  time consuming, labor intensive process. So put Spotify on your favorite channel, gather up the troops and make it a party! We’ve got some Halloween theme ideas, polka dots, vintage fabric, Christmas. Show you soon!

For the next step on the paper mache and fabric bowls project look here.

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