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Try This: Pulped Papier Mache Bowl

Recycle old paper into this papier mache bowl project.

Subtle yet striking patterns give these simple-to-make bowls sophisticated personality and style.
Susan Wasinger
3. For the mold, use a small, smooth-surface bowl without an articulated base (we reused a plastic take-out bowl). Form the pulp over the outside of the bowl, starting at the center with a little dollop and working outward in bands of alternating color.
Susan Wasinger
2. After soaking, use a blender to whir the watery slurry into a smooth pulp with the consistency of a thick smoothie. Press the pulp through a strainer to squeeze out excess water until it’s workable like clay.
Susan Wasinger
1. Tear the paper into 1-inch bits and soak in warm water for several hours to soften. The Yellow Pages make a soft, sage-green pulp; office paper, a pale stone gray.
Susan Wasinger
4. Pat the pulp in place with your hands, then slap it with the flat blade of a knife or spatula. This smoothes the surface, eliminates air bubbles and works the separate bands into one continuous surface. Let dry overnight. Use the knife edge to carefully loosen the dried bowl, then remove it from the mold.
Susan Wasinger
Pulped paper makes a versatile claylike material that can be worked into a variety of objects. You can use a mold to make bowls or press the pulp over glass votive holders for a delightfully textured surface.
Susan Wasinger

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