By Paper Crafts Contributor, Lauren Romano.
I have so many magazines and wanted to do something interesting with them instead of tossing them into the recycling bin. I always wanted to make a colorful bowl, so my surplus of bright magazine pages provided a perfect opportunity. Cutting up the pages is also quite cathartic – I recommend doing it on a day when you’re feeling a bit stressed. Plus I used one of my favorite products – Mod Podge!
What you’ll need:
Step 1. Rip pages out of an unwanted magazine and trim the jagged edges. Cut half of them into one inch strips and cut a quarter of the pages into confetti size pieces. Leave the rest in case you need any extra. Put the confetti in a cup so later they’re easier to pour.
Step 2. Find a bowl to use as a mold for the bowl you want to make. Flip it upside down and use a single piece of cling wrap (or plastic wrap, but I found the cling wrap worked better) to cover the outside of the bowl – leave extra hanging over and wrap it over the edge. Put it upside down on top of a cutting mat; tuck the cling wrap under the edge of the bowl.
Step 3. Put a layer of Mod Podge for Paper all over the cling wrap and start layering on the magazine strips – overlap them, but do only one layer at a time. When you’re done with one layer, put Mod Podge on your hands, rub them together and run your hands over the work you’ve done so far. This helps flatten out any bumps and evenly distribute the glue. Don’t worry if the strips are longer than the bowl. Keep repeating the process until the bowl is as thick as you want. Let it dry thoroughly before moving onto the next step.
Step 4. Trim the edge of the bowl. It should be even, but don’t worry if it doesn’t look very pretty – you’ll fix it in the later steps.
There’s a bowl under there somewhere!
Step 5. Put a layer of Mod Podge onto the outside of the bowl and pour on your confetti pieces. Carefully press them down until they completely cover the entire outside of the bowl. Let it dry for about four hours.
Step 6. Put Mod Podge on your hands and pat down the confetti. After going around the entire bowl, put more Mod Podge on your hands and very carefully run your hands over the confetti, evening it out as you go around. Do inch by inch so you don’t drag the pieces with your hand. Apply more Mod Podge to your hands when necessary – the more dry your hands are, the more the confetti is going to drag or you could leave dried glue clumps behind. Let the bowl dry for a couple of hours, apply a layer of Mod Podge Hard Coat, then let it sit overnight.
Step 7. Separate the two bowls and remove the cling wrap. Repeat steps 5 and 6, but on the inside of the bowl.
Step 8. Pour an even layer of confetti onto the plastic sheet, put a layer of Mod Podge Hard Coat onto the edge of the bowl, then flip it over and press it onto the confetti. Use your fingers to bend the confetti around the edge of the bowl. Let it dry for a few hours, apply another layer of Hard Coat, smooth out any rough areas, then let it dry overnight.