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Papier Mache bowls

I’ve been wanting to make papier mache bowls from egg cartons for soooo long, and waited until I had enough of those delicious purple Cadbury egg cartons to give it a try. So over the long Easter weekend I made good on my plan and started experimenting.

papier mache bowls made from egg carton pulp by Michelle McInerney of MollyMooCrafts.com

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First I ripped up the egg cartons into a bowl into bite size chunks.
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papier mache bowls made from egg carton pulp by Michelle McInerney of MollyMooCrafts.com

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papier mache bowls made from egg carton pulp by Michelle McInerney of MollyMooCrafts.com

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I immersed all in water and left overnight to soak.
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papier mache bowls made from egg carton pulp by Michelle McInerney of MollyMooCrafts.com

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The next day I drained the water from the mix and kneaded the soggy bits together to squeeze out as much water as I could.
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papier mache bowls made from egg carton pulp by Michelle McInerney of MollyMooCrafts.com

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I then got my hand whisk out and reduced the mix to a fine almost powdery texture – it was just delicious to the touch.
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papier mache bowls made from egg carton pulp by Michelle McInerney of MollyMooCrafts.com
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papier mache bowls made from egg carton pulp by Michelle McInerney of MollyMooCrafts.com

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Finally all I had to do is spread the mix around the inside of a bowl, pressing it hard against the surface with my thumbs so it formed an even skin on the bowl.
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papier mache bowls made from egg carton pulp by Michelle McInerney of MollyMooCrafts.com

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I left it to dry overnight and into the following afternoon. I knew it was dry and ready to remove from the bowl when I saw it shrink away from the sides…. and with the lightest touch it just lifted up and out to reveal the most beautiful purple papier mache bowl with textured inside and smooth outer surface – oh so perfect.
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papier mache bowls made from egg carton pulp by Michelle McInerney of MollyMooCrafts.com
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papier mache bowls made from egg carton pulp by Michelle McInerney of MollyMooCrafts.com

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Out of two egg cartons I got two beautifully purple bowls –  they are so light and delicate to the touch, very precious. I’m using one as a ring bowl and the other just sits there elegantly for now. Is it wrong to love a bowl!? :)

Time to get your crafts pants on – start saving your egg cartons now!

Happy Crafting
Michelle
xx
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papier mache bowls made from egg carton pulp by Michelle McInerney of MollyMooCrafts.com

 

 

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