Tutorial: Upcycled Paper Bowl for Dad


A perfect gift for Dad. This fabulous paper bowl is made entirely of recycled cardstock paper – no glue, no staples. It’s so elegant you may want to make several. Dad can use it to hold paper clips or other small office supplies; at home, he can toss in his keys and/or his extra coins or just display it proudly on his study desk.

NOTE: Use cardstock that is between 11 to 13 inches. Any bigger than that it becomes too wobbly. Have fun and let me know how yours has turned out.

Step 1

Here’s what you will need to make the bowl: cardstock paper (I used some old office supplies), ruler, pencil, one bamboo wood skewer, scissors or Xacto knife, hole punch. That’s it!

Step 2

Cut out 5 lengths, each one 1 inch by 11 (or whatever length you have). Cut out two separate pieces about 1-1/2 inches by 2 inches (these are the “anchors” for holding the bowl together).

Step 3

Use the hole punch to make holes at either end of each of the long lengths of paper. Set aside for now.

Step 4

Take one of the smaller pieces you cut out and roll it tightly around the wood skewer. Remove and repeat with the other smaller piece. If your cardstock is thick, you probably won’t need the whole piece. Just cut off any surplus.

Step 5

Stack all of the long pieces of cardstock together, ensuring that the holes you punched line up, and then carefully insert one of the rolled anchor pieces you made through the hole. Repeat at the other end. The rolled piece will expand to fill the hole.

Step 6

Carefully fan out the joined pieces from the centre to create the bowl. You’re done!

UPDATE: I’ve created more versions using different paper (e.g., magazine cover, scrap book paper) here.