- Tissue paper (just one colour – use large sheets like are in shoe boxes or presents come wrapped in)
- PVA glue (or similar)
- Paint brush
- Small plastic container
- Bowl (to use as mould)
- Cling wrap
- Cut tissue paper into strips, then cut strips into pieces, smoothing out as much as possible.
- In the container mix equal parts water and glue. Blend it together with the paint brush.
- Turn your bowl upside down and cover it with cling wrap. It is a good idea to cover the bowl in paper or powder first so that the cling wrap doesn’t stick. The more taught the cling wrap is over the bowl, the easier the surface will be to work on.
- Using the paint brush, coat the top of the bowl (which will be the base once finished!) with glue mix and cover with tissue paper. The first layer is the hardest as the glue mix tends to bead and run down the cling wrap and the tissue paper is quite fragile. Patience and care will be required! Be sure to congratulate the young person who manages this task in a regulated and interested way.
- Once you place a paper square on the mold, use the paint brush to stick it down. Keep applying glue as you go.
- To create a reasonably sturdy bowl you will need to apply 7-8 layers of paper. Don’t worry too much though, if you find it is too thin once dry you can always just add another layer.
- When finished, allow to dry (overnight at least), carefully lift away the mold and peel away the cling wrap. BEAUTIFUL.
Many thanks to the wonderful Alison at Three Times Kewl for this contribution. Alison is actually 7,000,000 times kewl.