For Valentine’s Day, the kids and I decided to make my husband his gifts. He works so hard for our family and we wanted to work especially hard on his gifts to show him we appreciate everything he does. Since one of his favorite things is Chocolate Almonds, we decided we would make a candy bowl! Here is how to make candy bowls out of paper!
This is a really fun craft to make with your kids from things we all have hanging around our house. It does take approx. 3 days to make due to the time it needs to dry. Keep this in mind if you plan to make it as a gift!
What You Need:
- 1 Magazine
- 1c Flour
- 3c Water
- Food Coloring (if desired)
- Petroleum Jelly
- Using scissors, cut up 1 magazine into little pieces and place them in a large bowl.
- Fill the bowl with hot water until it covers all the ripped pieces of paper.
- Let this soak for 1hr.
- While the magazine paper is soaking, mix your flour and water in a pot on the stove.
- Stirring consistently, the flour and water will come to a boil and begin to form into a paste.
- Once the mixture turns into a paste, remove from heat and place in a bowl to cool.
- This makes quite a lot of paste and is good to have on hand for other projects. Do NOT use all the paste in making the bowl. If you don’t want to keep extra paste on hand, you can always cut the ingredients in half.
- Strain the magazine paper and squeeze out as much water as you can.
- Add a small bit of paste into your bowl with the paper and mix. Slowly add paste until you have a good mache consistency. Your paper should be sticky and lump together without being overly slimy from the paste. The amount of paste will differ from person to person based on the size of the magazine you are using.
- Using a small bowl for its shape, coat it with a thin layer of petroleum jelly.
- Press mix into the bowl, making sure that the shape is as smooth as you can get it.
- Let the bowl set for 24hrs.
- After the bowl has set for 24hrs, preheat your oven to 150′.
- Using a butter knife, slowly slide the paper mache bowl out of the shaping bowl and place on a cookie sheet.
- Bake the bowl for 6 hours, turning it over at the 3hr mark.
- Remove the bowl and let it cool.
- Paint the bowl to your desired color and let dry.
Our little bowl isn’t perfect, but you have to keep in mind that I make my crafts with a 4 year old and he had so much fun making this bowl! The reason our paste turned brown is because he decided to put a little bit of every Food Coloring color in the mixture. I would personally stick to one color, especially if you decide not to paint the bowl and want to keep it artistic looking with the ripped pieces of paper. We also placed a small square of parchment paper inside of the bowl before adding in the chocolate almonds. My husband loved it!
Let us know if you decide to try your hand at making an upcycled bowl!