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Mod Podge Paper Mache Bowls (So Easy!)

Learn how to make Mod Podge Paper Mache Bowls the easy way! You can paint them in any color that matches your decor. so simple!

Required Skills: None. You can make paper mache without any prior craft skills. This is a perfect idea for beginners and even kids.

Mod Podge Paper Mache Bowls

I don’t know about you, but paper mache played a big role in my childhood art classes. I don’t know if this was in the 80’s or if kids are still doing it today, but a lot of paste was made from flour and water.

This involved stirring a thick liquid vigorously (as the flour would never dissolve completely) and then dumping it on newspaper. This was a simple time.

Fortunately, times have changed. Well not that they’ve changed that much, but I’m here to show you how to make Mod Podge Paper Mache. So that you don’t have to struggle with mixing the ingredients and thick water. But why would you want to do that instead?

A typical paper mache glue recipe contains one part flour and two parts water. Some people mix school glue. And when you mix it? It’s kind of stiff. And remains thick in some areas. And doesn’t dry clean.

That’s why I use Mod Podge for my paper crafts!

mod podge paper mache

Well, the nice thing about using Mod Podge to make paper mache is that you can use it straight from the bottle. There is no mixture. Podge can also be used to seal paint onto newspaper (if you choose to paint).

Plus you don’t have to worry about yellowing, flaking, or breakage like a mixture of flour and water. I highly recommend it especially for adult projects, if not for all of your projects.

But what if your Mod Podge is thick?

If your Mod Podge is thick, I do a few things. First I shake the bottle, then wet the brush and dip it into the pod (instead of just dipping a dry brush).

If it is too thick, you can pour some into a separate container and add a little water. You just want to thin it a little, not completely thin it.

Mod Podge uses newspaper plastic wrap and paintbrushes

Are you ready to try a paper mache project? It couldn’t be easier than this. I am going to show you below how to make this craft at home.

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Tips and Ideas for this Project

You can use a bowl or balloon As a basis for your project. Some people like to inflate balloons and use them to make bowls as was done with this confetti bowl.

I personally like to use a second bowl for my template because it’s a stable working surface. but it’s up to you.

Choose the Mod Podge formula of your dreams to make Mod Podge paper mache. I recommend gloss, matte, or satin. , , But it doesn’t really matter since you will be painting over it.

You can also use tissue paper, wrapping paper and other papers instead of newspaper. Whatever you have, try it.

Prepared Newspaper Paper Mache Bowl

It looks quite nice with the look of recycled newspaper. , So paint it. , , Or not! this is up to you.

Modge Podge Paper Mache

Time to enjoy your finished paper mache bowls. What do you think? What else are you going to try with this paper mache method?

prep time
10 minutes

active time
1 Hour

dry time
1 day

total time
1 day 1 Hour 10 minutes


Estimated cost


  • bowl (or balloon)

  • Newspaper

  • plastic wrap

  • mod Podge

  • acrylic paint

  • painter’s tape (optional)


Costs for this project vary. I already had everything.

Some of my plastic wrap remained inside and I couldn’t remove it (I used cheap plastic wrap). This only increases stiffness so there is no reason to remove it if it sticks.

Did you make this project?

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If you enjoyed these Mod Podge bowls, let me know in the comments! I would also love for you to check out the following projects and posts:


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