Witchy Wednesday: Make your own paper mache offering bowls

Paper Mache Offering Bowls
 This recipe comes from my personal BoS. If you click on the link under the photo, it'll take you to Lynn Harriet's Pinterest board. She does amazing things with paper mache. Definitely check her out!

Bowls by Lynn Harriet

1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup water
Newspaper or grocery bag strips (1 inch by 3 inches)
Petroleum Jelly (Vaseline) [plastic wrap works instead]
A Bowl of the size you wish to copy
Acrylic paints
Acrylic gloss finish *optional*

1.Tear paper into strips
2. Take a small, rounded bowl, set upside down, and cover it with petroleum jelly or plastic wrap if you don't want to use the petroleum jelly.
3. Mix equal parts of flour and water. A half cup of each is enough for two small bowls.
4. Dip each strip into the paste and apply the first layer of strips vertically , covering the bowls surface. Don't worry about it being uneven or jagged. It can be easily trimmed with scissors after it is dried. Apply the second layer of strips horizontally and so on until you have 5 layers.
5. Allow to dry. This takes about one full day.
6. Separate the paper-mache from the bowl. Use the tip of a butter knife to separate the two. If the inside is not completely dry, allow to dry for another day.
7. Once completely dry, trim the edges with scissors.
8. Paint with acrylics. Add symbols or sponge. Use your imagination!
9. Allow to dry and then cover with the acrylic gloss finish *optional*.

The bowl you've created can be used on your altar to hold herbs, potpourri or shell/stones, etc. It can be gently wiped out but don't wash it with water or use it to hold liquids of any kind.

***Note*** The finer the paper and smaller the strips that you use the smoother the bowl will come out.

Want some more ideas for paper mache? Check out this Pinterest board:

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