Update - DIY Paper Bowls

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 5:40 AM

When I first created this little paper bowl, it was quite a hit and I saw it everywhere. Originally I made it for Father's Day using a file folder. It's cheap and easy to make and requires only paper (cardstock weight), pencil, scissors and ruler. As you can see, I've gone a little further for this post.

I've been experimenting with different paper and different sizes to see what works best. This example is actually created using the cover of a craft magazine and works just fine. Sorry I can't remember the name of the mag - Make and Craft magazine, I think.

As you can see, you can get a different look depending on what kind of paper you use. As for size, depending on the paper weight, the best sizes seem to be between 12 to 28 cm (5" to 11"/approx 12cm to 27cm). Also the thickness or weight of the paper matters; be sure that it's not too flimsy (such as magazine pages) or too heavy (like thick cardboard) or it doesn't work. 

For the above examples, I used some leftover scrapbook paper that a friend gave me. Although this bowl is fragile (you can't pick it up if there is some heavy like keys or candy in it), it would be a great table decoration or favour at weddings, parties, showers, etc. and, I'm sure, a best seller at craft shows and fairs. Pages from a calendar will also work if the paper is heavy enough.

Send me pictures if you make one. Here's the tutorial to make it.

Categories: DIY, Paper, Tutorial

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Reply gebrichi
9:25 AM on August 2, 2013 
Thanks for your kind words. I don't have a Pinterest page as everyone else out there is pinning me. I'm not altogether sure about setting one up. Haven't the time!
Reply Henry J.
11:36 PM on July 31, 2013 
That is a pretty neat bowl and a creative way to reuse paper, thanks for sharing this. Do you have a Pinterest page?