My kids have started coming up with ideas of things that they want to make out of recycled paper. Today, we decided to make decorative Christmas bowls. This would be perfect as a preschool christmas craft or for older kids. We started by ripping up old, used sheets of paper that were otherwise going to be recycled. We then added water to the mixture. Make sure to add enough water so that it properly blends. Any excess will be drained off. I then added yellow and blue food colouring to give the paper the beautiful green colour for Christmas.
Once my paper pulp was ready, I then selected the bowls that I wanted to use and lined them with plastic wrap.
Next, we squeezed a bit of the water out of the paper pulp and then put the pulp in the bowls and formed it to the sides and bottom. They take a few days to fully dry. The thicker you make the bowl, the stronger that it will be, but the longer it will take to dry.
Once they are dry, they easily come off of the plastic wrap and you have a bowl! I decorated mine by punching holes and putting ribbon through. I added some paint to my other bowl and sparkles.
I love the fact that these are made of recycled paper and that the bowl size and shape can whatever you want it to be. It has a very natural look that works well when decorating.