Are you a fan of handcrafted items, recycling or into green living? I was browsing the Wayfair website and came across a handcrafted item made out of newspaper. I've seen these bowls before as a craft diy. Never did I imagine finding a couple for sale especially at what I think are outrageous prices of around $80 to over a $100 for something that's virtually made from free or discarded items.
While I applaud Wayfair for featuring artisans and their creative wares, something made out of newspapers or magazines at those prices seem so unreasonable.
As a crafter, all I have to say is, "don't buy . . . . just make!"
- Skewer Stick
- White glue and/or Mod podge
- Paint brush
- Binder clips or clothes pins
- Varnish Sealer
To start, I initially used the insert section of newspaper and folded it into three parts. The size is really the same as a half of a full news sheet so you can also divide these into three parts.
Cut into three strips.
Place a skewer stick at a right angle on the paper, as pictured.
Work the tip over the skewer and start rolling the paper with hands pressed down on table.
Continue rolling until you get close to the end point. You might have to lift the roll up to tighten. It takes practice to perfect your rolls. Add a bit of glue to the corner and continue rolling to the end.
Now, turn on some music or tv and make lots of rods, approximately 50 or more depending on the size of your bowl.
Next coil your rods by starting with a very tight roll, making sure there's no hole in the center.
One end of the rod with be a bit larger than the other. That's good so you can attach additional rods to one another by adding a bit of glue to one end and inserting it into another end of a rod and flatten.
You can flatten the main portions of the rods as you roll and coil.
Firmly wrap the rod into a coil, pulling it slightly and gently until you reach the end. Attach another rod into the open end and keep coiling. Continue coiling and adding rods until you reach the size you want.
Don't worry if you pull the rod apart as you roll. Just glue the ends back together.
*You'll notice that your fingers and hands will become quite dirty from the newspaper print. Every so often, wash them off to prevent further transfers.
Make the coil as tight as possible.
As you are coiling, place on table and lay your palm hand down and twirl the coil around while gently pulling to tighten so there won't be any gaps.
When you are satisfied with the size you want, glue down the end and place a holding clip until the glue dries. Do the same for the top, making the coil slightly smaller. *Be sure not to glue any of the rods down as you coil because you want your bowl to move freely when shaping.
Once the end is dry apply glue over the entire coil and brush all over.
To shape the bowl, while the glue is still wet, pick up the coil and gently push the sides of the bowl down starting at the center moving slowly around being careful not to push too hard because it will come apart.
Gently push the layers while shaping your bowl, checking the layers to see that they are even. Once satisfied with the bowl shape, check to make sure the bowl is level and then brush additional glue or mod podge completely over the inside bowl and let dry.
Make the top the same way, only slightly smaller. You can gently push the layers a bit different to form an area in the outside center to add a knob to the top. The knob can be made by rolling a slightly wider and shorter rod to form a short cylinder shape to be glued on.
Apply a varnish sealer to the entire bowl and top.
Once you know the basics and become more proficient, have fun in deciding how you want your bowl and top to look, creating your own version. You can make them larger or smaller and decorate and paint them anyway you want.
What a great way to recycle old newspapers and for a cost of next to nothing!
Take a little time to enjoy