This beautiful paper mâché bowl will make a gorgeous centerpiece on your teacher’s desk! Students can each make their own bowl. Then send home with students so that parents can decorate their living room or dining room tables!
• Rubber gloves
• 1 part glue to 1 part water
Place all the materials you need onto an R7512 Fingerpaint “No Mess” Tray™ to keep your work area clean. Each student will need 2 R5519 Classroom Bowls, one for gluing and one for shaping the leaves into a bowl. Give each child a paint brush and two sheets of the R15335 Spring and Autumn Leaves.
Mix 1 part glue with 1 part cold water for the first bowl in each student’s paper mâché station. Combine the mixture thoroughly to make a glossy blend. Separate each of the R15335 Spring and Autumn Leaves and place the leaves into a pile. Dip each leaf into the bowl of coat with the glue mixture.
Place each glue-coated leaf into the second upright bowl. Paste the leaves along the inner wall of the bowl and pat down with the brush or Goo Spreader. Tip: Fill in every part of the bowl so that none of the plastic shows through. We recommend that you to overlap the leaves several times if needed; this way the bowl will become more rigid and is less likely to break when dry. Vary the shape, size and color of the leaves you use so that the leaves appear more distinctly in the bowl shape.
Once you have completely covered the bowl with gluing leaves, it’s time to let the bowl dry overnight! Make sure that you leave the bowl on the “No Mess” Tray™ to keep it separate from other art projects. Tip: Write the name of each student onto the “No Mess” Tray™ to keep track of which bowl belongs to whom. Hint: Speed up the drying process by leaving the tray outside to dry. Make sure the weather’s appropriate to do so (i.e. no rain, wind or cloud cover!) After drying overnight, the paper mâché bowls should feel rigid or crisp to the touch with no wet spots.
If the paper mâché bowls are finished, gently peel the leaf-edges from the sides of the bowl.
Use the paper mâché leaves bowl as a decorative holder for candies, stickers or lost-and-found items!