Festive Yarn Mache Bowl

Most people have heard of paper mache (also known as papier mache), but have you tried yarn mache?

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First I made up a batch of paste based on a recipe I saw at Piggy Giggles. I used a quarter of the quantity she suggested, and that was the perfect amount! Here’s the recipe that I used:

  • Mix ¼ cup of water with ¼ cup flour until smooth
  • Mix this mixture into 1 cup of boiling water
  • Let cool and it’s ready to use

As I hadn’t tried this activity before I did a trial run before trying it out with my son. I got two plastic bowls, not too big. For testing purposes I covered one in plastic wrap (cling film) and left one without. Then I cut some sparkly red yarn (wool) into different lengths.

Craftulate: Festive Yarn Mache Bowl

First I dipped the pieces of yarn into the paste and draped them over the bowls. It’s a good idea to wipe off excess paste from the yarn as you go.

Craftulate: Festive Yarn Mache Bowl

I kept going until the bowls had a good covering of yarn.

Craftulate: Festive Yarn Mache Bowl

I left them to dry overnight. The next day the outer sides had dried, but the side touching the bowl was still a bit wet in places. So I removed the yarn from the bowl (this was MUCH easier to do with the plastic-wrapped version), then placed the yarn bowl loosely inside the plastic bowl so that it could dry.

Craftulate: Festive Yarn Mache Bowl

As you can see in the above photo there was some excess dried paste on the bowls, which I removed with a toothpick. I also snipped off any loose strands from the rim of the bowl to make it neater.

 Craftulate: Festive Yarn Mache Bowl

I had some paste leftover which I sealed in a bottle and kept for the next day. Time to get my son involved! I covered a different bowl in plastic wrap, gave him some yarn and the paste. I demonstrated how to dip a strand into the paste then drape it over the bowl, and then he took over.

Things did get a little messy (hence the lack of “action” photos)!

Craftulate: Festive Yarn Mache Bowl

F’s  bowl took a long time to dry as it was really wet with excess paste.  Despite his more random approach to placing the yarn, it still looked like a bowl – almost!

Craftulate: Festive Yarn Mache Bowl

You could fill these bowls with ornaments as decoration, or with holiday treats. The contents just need to be light, and dry!

Craftulate:Festive Yarn Mache Bowl
Craftulate:Festive Yarn Mache Bowl

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