Paperclay Bowl :: How to make and use homemade paperclay

Today, at our online event, we made these surprisingly robust bowls, that are made mostly from junkmail. In the recording of the event, below, we show you how to make the paperclay and how to use an household item to mould into shape.

We also demonstrated how to decoupage the outside of your bowl using paper found in your recycling or found around the home, and then finished with paint and varnish to strengthen and preserve.

Click on the image above to see 'how to' video

You will need the following for this activity:

For the bowl:
  • Junkmail
  • Jam Jar
  • Water
  • A piece of muslin or cotton fabric or net curtaining to strain the pulp
  • Bowl to catch the water when straining the pulp
  • Flour (approx. 1 cup)
  • Salt (approx. 1 tsp)
  • Handblender*
  • Small ceramic bowl
  • Cling film or plastic bag or greaseproof paper
  • Little bit of cooking oil*
For decoration:
  • Any decorative paper i.e. inside of envelopes/bookpages/wrapping paper/used postage stamps etc
  • PVA glue
  • Paintbrush x 2
  • Acrylic paint
  • Quick dry clear varnish or clear nail varnish - alternatively, yacht varnish can be used if you would like your bowl to be waterproofed
* Optional

Here are some links to others that inspired our making:

Keep an eye on our website for forthcoming online events: