November 20, 2008

Paper Bowls

After seeing this bowl project in a Recycled Art book from Lakeshore Learning Store..I HAD TO TRY IT!!! The kids loved it. I loved it. The end product turned out wonderful! I had my students add an acrylic glitter glaze over top of the final air dried paper bowl to add some extra strength & sparkle! ___________________________________________________________________________________ I had an art teacher ask for an overview of this lessons. LESSON OVERVIEW: I have the students take construction paper from the scrap box(or you could give them new sheets). Using scissors, the students cut the paper into small pieces. You can also have them add in magazine, tissue paper, or newspaper. The students place the cut pieces in the middle of the table in a container. Collect the paper and place in a container with boiling water(don't let the kids help with this part!). At this point you can do two things. 1st...drain the water and squeeze the paper....then add liquid starch OR 2nd...add in plaster pulp(it comes in a's a mix of plaster and a cottonie material). The students are each given about a half cup of the mixture. They then separate out the paper and place it in a Styrofoam bowl(place a piece of masking tape on the bowl for the students to write their name on it). Have them start at the bottom & work their way up. You need to make sure that the students are not clumping on the paper too thick. You could also pre-cut the paper and pre-soak it before the students arrive..and then pass it out when they get them more time. The bowls need to dry completely before you pull them out(they'll fall apart if not!!). After the bowls have dried the students can put a layer of glitter glaze/tempera varnish I placed some of Crayola's Pearl It medium in the glaze also.


  1. ooo, can you give a better idea of how you made them? a mini lesson plan of sorts! this could be a cool holiday-ish gift!
    -fellow elementary art teacher from livejournal

  2. Thanks for the more detailed info!! I can't wait to try this lesson in class! :-)

    ~Amy Brown