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A creative weekend project: A Decoupage Bowl You’ll Love To Do

Kid making a decoupage bowl from scratch

If you are looking for some fun decoupage activity with kids, we’ve got the perfect project for you to try! This vintage bowl turned into a fun decoupage makes a great gift as it’s so easy to make. 

You might have heard the term Decoupage, or even seen decoupage products. Do you know how easy it is to try this technique on your own?

Learning how to decoupage a glass bowl can be a fun activity for kids and it’s cheaper than buying bowls. This post will show you how to decoupage a bowl with tissue paper. The result is a unique decorative bowl that your friends will envy again and again.

You could opt for store-bought materials and decoupage kits, or just use stuff lying around the house.

While eating at a restaurant one day, I noticed their really pretty paper napkins. So instead of using them, I kept two of them in my purse. It’s not stealing if they give it to you. 

You get decoupage napkins that are colourful and in a variety of designs, but you could use any cut-out you have. Just remember, the thicker the paper, the more layers of glue it’ll need to cover. Speaking of decoupage glue, I just used Fevicol mixed with a bit of water so that it’s easier to spread and doesn’t dry out quickly.

Decoupage for kids is a great way to spend an afternoon indoors. It’s creative, a bit messy, and you get something new at the end of it. What’s not to love!

There are many different decoupage ideas you can try – on wooden tables or trays, glass bottles, or even paper boxes. I didn’t have any of these so we started from scratch.

For the papier mache bowl:

  • A mould bowl (steel, plastic, or glass) to shape your paper bowl
  • Plastic cling wrap
  • A small box filled with paper strips (newspaper or any scrap paper)
  • Glue (decoupage glue or 3 parts Fevicol mixed with 1 part water)
  • Paintbrush to spread the glue
  • Acrylic paint of your choice
  • A pair of scissors

For the decoupage:

We tore up some newspapers into thin strips. This is the part my son enjoyed the most. Then we took a big kitchen bowl and placed it bottoms up with a plastic wrap around it. Next, we started gluing the first layer of newspaper to the bowl (over the plastic wrap). 

After about three layers of paper, we added two layers of glue (waiting for each coat to dry before applying the next coat). After it was dry, we removed the kitchen bowl and plastic wrap. Then spread the glue in two coats on the inside. Once dry, trim the top rim to make it smooth.

Since my napkin had a white base, I painted the bowl in white acrylic to give it a smooth look. Otherwise the print from the newspaper would show through the napkin.

Finally, I placed the napkin how I wanted over the bowl and applied three layers of glue on top. If you’re planning to use it gently, then this step should be enough. I wanted a sturdier bowl, so I added two coats of varnish to seal it.

And Voila! Use it as a fruit bowl or to collect knick-knacks. Currently, it being used near our main entrance to collect used masks to be washed.

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