Let’s get crafty

By Shani Asokan | Published: 2:00 AM Feb 20 2021
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By Shani Asokan

Ceylon Today Features

Staying at home can be boring at times. So here are some activities that can make play time more fun and interesting.

Paper Mache Bowls

Decorative bowls are fun to look at and can be super useful to have around your home. They can hold keys, jewellery and a number of other small trinkets. Here’s how you can make your very own decorative bowls, with things you have at home!

You will need:

- A glass bowl

- Newspaper

- Water

- Flour

- Aluminium foil

- Paints (acrylic or poster)

- Scissors

- Paintbrushes

- White glue (Chemifix or similar)

How it works:

Use your scissors to cut up the newspaper into pieces. One inch strips work perfectly. Remember to ask an adult for help with this step. 

Next, make you paper mache mix by combining one part flour with two parts water in a large bowl (For example, 1 cup flour and 2 cups water). Stir until the mix is smooth and well combined, like pancake batter. Remember, no lumps!

The glass bowl is the mould for your paper mache bowl. It can be any size. Cover the outside of the bowl with aluminium foil. Try to get the foil as smooth as possible – an adult can help with this step. You could lightly oil the foil, this will make it easier to remove the paper mache once it is dry.

Dip your strips of newspaper into the mix and place them on the foil. Make sure the strips are completely coated in the mix but not dripping wet. Cover the foil with strips of paper completely – this is one layer. For a sturdy bowl, you will need to make around three layers of newspaper strips. 

Once this is done, set the bowl aside for several hours. Overnight works best. Once the paper is completely dry, gently remove the bowl from the foil and set it aside for a while longer. 

Now you can decorate your bowl! Using your paint and paintbrushes, give your bowl some colour. You can choose what designs or patterns you want to paint on your bowl. Once the paint is dry, ask an adult to help you coat the bowl (inside and outside) in a thin layer of white glue. This will help your bowl last longer.

By Shani Asokan | Published: 2:00 AM Feb 20 2021

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