Papier-mâché balloon bowls

Between homework and dinner and baths, weeknights don’t leave much time to play. But if you’ve got 20 minutes here and there you can make this fun craft over a couple of days.

They’re papier-mâché bowls from Project Kid: 100 Ingenious Crafts for Family Fun. Today’s Parent posted the how-to in their latest issue.

You’ll need balloons, newspaper, 1 cup of flour, 2.5 cups of water and paint for decorating.

papier mache 1

Blow up the balloons (as many as you’d like to make — we did four to start), rip newspaper into strips and whisk water and flour to use as your glue.

If the mixture seems too thick (lumps are okay), dilute with more water.

papier machier 2

Coat the strips of newspaper with the flour/water mixture (run each one through your fingers to remove some of the excess) and cover the top of the balloon.

Some kids might find this gross (check out my son’s face). It’s messy, but press on!

Let dry overnight and apply a second coat.


When the newsprint is dry, paint away!

painting 2

Kids might find it easier to set the balloon in a pail like we did here. A hole cut in the bottom of an overturned box also works.

Set the balloon aside until it’s dry, then pop and remove the balloon. Trim the edges.

Now you’ve got a bowl for all kinds of things!


james bowl

What are some of your favourite crafts?

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