Halloween / Fall Bowl and Pumpkin Tutorial (Echo Park)

Hi Everyone 

Today I am sharing some fun home décor with the Chillingsworth Manor Collection. I created these little pumpkins using my Cameo and this file here.
(Note: They are very delicate when cut – so you will need to put them together carefully to avoid popping any of the seams open!)

The fabulous range of orange and green prints in this collection were perfect for creating the bases and leaves of the pumpkins.

I created the bowl using a really simple paper mache technique I saw on a kids TV show! I have a tutorial at the end of the post showing how I made it.
This is a fun and surprisingly quick project to put together – and it goes without saying it would be perfect to adapt for Christmas and any other holiday too!

Gather together your supplies – you will need: a small bowl, cling wrap, an old tumbler, newspaper, pva glue, a mixing bowl, disposable gloves and some cooking oil. Using gloves seems to prevent the glue from clagging up as quick as when you use your bare hands – and it makes the process a lot less messy – especially when the phone rings…
  1. Oil the bowl lightly, cover the bowl with cling wrap and invert onto tumbler. Cut newspaper into thin strips (about ¾” wide) and mix PVA glue with water until the consistency of cream
  2. Lightly coat the paper in the glue mix and run the strips between two fingers to remove excess glue – stick onto bowl.
  3. Begin by forming a layer over the base and then simply add alternate layers of vertical and horizontal papers, making sure the paper hangs over the edge of the bowl.
  4. Repeat until your bowl is covered in at least 4 layers of paper. Leave to dry thoroughly in a dry, warm spot  – overnight should do it! Keep the bowl on the tumbler during the drying process.
  5. Carefully remove your paper mache bowl from the cling wrap and trace around the inside edge to form a neat rim. Use the bowl placed inside the paper mache form as a guide.
  6. Use scissors to trim the excess paper – don’t worry about being too exact!
  7. Using the same technique as before – add strips of patterned paper to the bowl until completely covered
  8. Cover with a layer of glossy Mod-Podge as a seal and to give some shine
  9.  Trim any paper from the base so the bowl will sit flat.
This is a fun project to do with older children – if I feel brave I will attempt it with my kids outside in the upcoming summer months!
Please post a comment with any questions
Lowri 🙂
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  • Reply Christine B October 16, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Love this bowl Lowri! Would be great done in Christmas papers too!

  • Reply Tamara October 16, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    I love this! You did a great job! 🙂

  • Reply marylouh October 16, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Love this idea. I'm going to try it.

  • Reply The Girls from Whimsically Homemade October 19, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Hey there! Just wanted to let you know we featured you in our Favorite Find Fridays post over at Whimsically Homemade. We're using one of your pictures and are linking back to you. If that's a problem let us know and we'll remove it immediately. Thanks for your great inspiration!

  • Reply Andrea October 22, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    I really like this ! 🙂

  • Reply Cáscara de papel October 23, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Thanks for the tutorial!!! It's great! I've shared it through my FB site at http://www.facebook.com/CascaraPapel. :))

  • Reply Blythe October 30, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    This turned out great! Found you on TJ!

  • Reply Tess Waller July 29, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    just loved making the paper mache bowl with my little 3 year old.. awesome thanx for the easy step by step process.. really enjoyed this little project with my little daughter.

  • Reply Marie October 4, 2017 at 2:31 AM

    How can I find the pattern to pumpkins you made here?
    Love your site by the way. Lovely crafts.

    • Reply Lowri McNabb October 4, 2017 at 5:35 PM

      Hi Marie.
      I used my Cameo to cut these pumpkins.
      If you search 21556 in the Silhouette Store you will find it.
      If you wish to make them by hand, I would just google “Pumpkin Treat Box Pattern” and see what pops up 🙂
      Cheers, Lowri

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