Cardboard Octopus Bowl

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By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

Our friend Mark Montano is full of amazing crafty ideas for your home and yourself. Recycle your cardboard in a new and beautiful way with this cardboard octopus bowl! You can create a bunch, each with a different underwater sea creature for practically nothing!  For more creative DIYs, check out the “Make Your Mark” videos on Mark’s YouTube Channel.


1.    Cut out 6 of the bowl side pattern shape in cardboard

2. Cut out the base of the pattern in cardboard.

3.    Using small bits of tape, tape the pieces together so they create the shape of the vase.

4.    Squeeze Elmer’s glue where the edges meet so that it’s nice and sturdy.

5. Cut out pieces of phone book pages.
6.    Using Elmer’s glue that has been watered down just a tiny bit so it’s easy to spread, start adhering your pieces of book pages to cover the entire bowl.  Put several layers of phone book pages on the bowl to give it strength.
7.    When the entire bowl is covered let it dry.

8.    Cut our your Octopus or the image you chose.

9.    Carefully paint the back of the Octopus with Elmer’s and glue in to place.

10.When you’re done gluing on the Octopus, coat the entire bowl in the Mod Podge to make it even more sturdy and to give it a nice finish.
For more inspired DIY projects, be sure to check out Mark’s Big-Ass Book of Home Decor and the Big-Ass Book of Bling!
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About Mable Craftsalot

The name says it all! Mable Crafts-alot is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and has aspirations to improve her crafting skills. Mable has never met a craft she didn’t like! Mable spends her free time attending craft classes at local community centers, and even teaches a few. When she is not crafting she enjoys cooking, reading, photography and gardening. Mable loves to connect with other crafters to share project ideas, discuss craft trends and chat about favorite crafting tools and techniques. To learn more about Mable, become her friend on Facebook!

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