DIY GOLD PAPER BOWLS

DIY GOLD PAPER BOWLS

Give this easy DIY gold accent bowl a try! All you need is a bit of scrap paper, mod podge and paint and you can make a stunning accent bowl to use in your home.

DIY GOLD PAPER BOWLS

Feeling a bit crafty I decided to go for a project that reminded me of high school art classes all over again – its paper mache time! Flashback to grade 11 was the last time I did this sort of project, when I was assigned to make a 3 foot gargoyle. Today I decided to go for something more modern and let’s just put it out there – much easier. This gold paper mache bowl can easily be completed in one day, with the longest amount of time being spent waiting for things to dry.

DIY GOLD PAPER BOWLS

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Blow up a balloon to the size you wish your bowl to be and cut up newspaper into small strips.

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Using the mod podge as glue to stick the newspaper to the balloon. Apply the mod podge using a paintbrush, and continue adding newspaper until half the balloon is covered. After the first layer of newspaper several additional layers of newspaper will be required to make a strong bowl, but allow time to dry between each layer. Depending how smooth you wish your bowl to be pay attention to push out any air bubbles or bumps from the newspaper. If you find you are getting too many bumps try using smaller pieces of paper. Once the newspaper has full dried you will need to pop the balloon and throw the remains of the balloon out.
DIY GOLD PAPER BOWLS

Before starting to paint if you wish you bowl to be extra smooth you can use sandpaper to sand down additional bumps. For my bowl I wanted something that was more of an organic shape with bumps and bends that would reflect light so I skipped this step. Also for the rim of the bowl I liked the jagged edge, but if you want a clean edge just take your scissors and cut around the rim of the bowl to smooth things out. Next, clean your paintbrush of the mod podge and paint the inside of your bowl. I chose to paint mine with gold acrylic paint which is very shiny and looks like gold leaf without all the additional cost and hassle. For the inside of my bowl I painted two coats of gold acrylic paint.

DIY GOLD PAPER BOWLS

Flipping the bowl upside down I then painted the outside of the bowl with matte black acrylic paint. If your paint has any gloss in it will highlight all the bumps in the bowl, but I only wanted to highlight the inside of the bowl so the inside is glossy while the outside has matte paint. Depending on the newspaper you use it is possible the ink might show through if you paint a light colour and use poor quality paint. If this does happen you can either paint the bowl a darker colour or apply a paint primer/gesso to the bowl then paint the colour on top to prevent any of the ink bleeding through.

DIY GOLD PAPER BOWLS

I don’t know about you, but I adore my new bowl and have plans to make a few more to create a set for my jewelry storage. Let me know how your bowls turn out!

MATERIALS:

  • Mod podge
  • Balloon
  • Newspaper
  • Acrylic paint – 2 colours
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper (optional)
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46 Comments

  1. Aiden
    February 2, 2014 / 3:30 pm

    Wow just wow.

  2. Aiden
    February 2, 2014 / 3:30 pm

    Wow just wow.

  3. paulaschuck
    February 3, 2014 / 5:16 pm

    That’s very creative. It doesn’t look like it was mod lodged at all in the photo. It looks like something you bought. What a great job!

  4. paulaschuck
    February 3, 2014 / 5:16 pm

    That’s very creative. It doesn’t look like it was mod lodged at all in the photo. It looks like something you bought. What a great job!

  5. allthingspaper
    February 3, 2014 / 9:20 pm

    It’s gorgeous! I love the ragged edge and the black and gold color scheme.

  6. allthingspaper
    February 3, 2014 / 9:20 pm

    It’s gorgeous! I love the ragged edge and the black and gold color scheme.

  7. Thea Morris
    February 3, 2014 / 10:57 pm

    Great tutorial! Beautiful images! Fabulous idea! This is so my idea of a DIY project! Well done!

  8. Thea Morris
    February 3, 2014 / 10:57 pm

    Great tutorial! Beautiful images! Fabulous idea! This is so my idea of a DIY project! Well done!

  9. February 3, 2014 / 11:31 pm

    Thanks Thea. I rather enjoyed this project it was easy and a bit messy which I find fun.

  10. February 3, 2014 / 11:31 pm

    Thanks Thea. I rather enjoyed this project it was easy and a bit messy which I find fun.

  11. February 3, 2014 / 11:32 pm

    That is so kind of you to say it looks like something I bought. 🙂

  12. February 3, 2014 / 11:32 pm

    Me too! I’ve been wanting to start adding some gold accents.

  13. February 3, 2014 / 11:32 pm

    That is so kind of you to say it looks like something I bought. 🙂

  14. February 4, 2014 / 4:32 am

    Love the contrast with the black outside and gold inside – so pretty!

  15. February 4, 2014 / 4:32 am

    Love the contrast with the black outside and gold inside – so pretty!

  16. traceynicole
    February 4, 2014 / 4:07 pm

    I can’t believe you made this out of paper! Love the gold detailing on the inside of the bowl.

  17. traceynicole
    February 4, 2014 / 4:07 pm

    I can’t believe you made this out of paper! Love the gold detailing on the inside of the bowl.

  18. February 4, 2014 / 4:17 pm

    It sure was a cheap way to make an accent for my home as I just used junk mail I had collected.

  19. February 4, 2014 / 4:17 pm

    It sure was a cheap way to make an accent for my home as I just used junk mail I had collected.

  20. February 5, 2014 / 4:20 pm

    Very cool project! I looove the gold!

  21. February 5, 2014 / 4:20 pm

    Very cool project! I looove the gold!

  22. Kristine
    February 7, 2014 / 2:39 pm

    Would never have known it was paper! Nice job 🙂

  23. Guest
    February 7, 2014 / 2:39 pm

    Would never have known it was paper! Nice job 🙂

  24. Shelly
    February 12, 2014 / 12:13 am

    I adore gold & black together! Such a classic combo! Thanks SO much for linking up to Hit Me With Your Best Shot! Hope to see you again soon!

  25. Shelly
    February 12, 2014 / 12:13 am

    I adore gold & black together! Such a classic combo! Thanks SO much for linking up to Hit Me With Your Best Shot! Hope to see you again soon!

  26. allthingspaper
    February 16, 2014 / 4:52 pm

    Oh my goodness, this just might be my most favorite, stumbled upon, paper project ever! I love the organic look of the ragged edge.

  27. allthingspaper
    February 16, 2014 / 4:52 pm

    Oh my goodness, this just might be my most favorite, stumbled upon, paper project ever! I love the organic look of the ragged edge.

  28. Heather Smith
    March 3, 2014 / 7:17 pm

    Oh my gosh! This is absolutely gorgeous! I love everything about it, the organic edges the color. Just LOVE it!

  29. Heather Smith
    March 3, 2014 / 7:17 pm

    Oh my gosh! This is absolutely gorgeous! I love everything about it, the organic edges the color. Just LOVE it!

  30. March 15, 2014 / 6:20 pm

    Oh my goodness I love this and need to make one NOW.

  31. March 15, 2014 / 6:20 pm

    Oh my goodness I love this and need to make one NOW.

  32. March 19, 2014 / 5:13 am

    Thanks for the sharing this…the bowl is beautiful. I am going to make one and will share the pictures with you. Hope my bowl comes out equally beautiful. Thanks again.

  33. March 19, 2014 / 5:13 am

    Thanks for the sharing this…the bowl is beautiful. I am going to make one and will share the pictures with you. Hope my bowl comes out equally beautiful. Thanks again.

  34. Ontariogirly
    February 1, 2015 / 7:34 am

    I can’t wait to try this! It looks so awesome 🙂 Can you wash it? I’m thinking … could you use it for chips or popcorn??

  35. Ontariogirly
    February 1, 2015 / 7:34 am

    I can’t wait to try this! It looks so awesome 🙂 Can you wash it? I’m thinking … could you use it for chips or popcorn??

  36. February 1, 2015 / 1:26 pm

    How I made it can only be cleaned with a damp cloth. I would suggest when looking for a top coat for the paint make sure that is food safe and waterproof.

  37. February 1, 2015 / 1:26 pm

    How I made it can only be cleaned with a damp cloth. I would suggest when looking for a top coat for the paint make sure that is food safe and waterproof.