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How to Make a Bowl out of Magazines

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This is a great way of recycling your old magazines and making them into practical and unusual bowls. You can be as ambitious as you like when making your bowl – the principle remains the same regardless. I have even seen examples of these home-made bowls for sale on craft sites, so with a little effort and an endless stream of old magazines (not your past Home Farmers, of course – other magazines are available) you might even be able to kick-start a new cottage industry. The craft site, Etsy, has lots of examples for sale,  and I’ve gathered other inspiring ideas on our Pinterest site.

YOU WILL NEED

*           Magazines
*           Sticky back plastic (or Sellotape, for anyone living in the 21st century)
*           PVA glue or Mod Podge (used for découpage) – in fact any similar glue that dries clear

METHOD

1           Tear out the pages from your magazine(s) into A4-size pieces – the more colourful the paper you use, the better the effect will be!

Tear out pages from magazines

Tear out pages from magazines

2           Fold each page 5 times lengthways. It’s best to fold in sequence so that you do not have the folds on the outer edges – see the photos. Also, be mindful of the way you are folding to make sure that the better-coloured side is the one that will be visible.

THE FOLDING TECHNIQUE

1           Fold in half lengthways. Fold Page in Half

Step 1 Fold in half

Fold in half

2           Fold lengthways again, bottom to top.

Then fold in half again

Then fold in half again

3           Turn the paper over and fold the bottom in to meet the middle. Then fold top to the middle so they meet.

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Fold both edges into the middle so they meet

5           Finally fold in half for the final time and flatten so you have a strip approx 1cm wide.

Fold in on itself

Fold in on itself and flatten

3           Do loads and loads of these strips and, once you’ve got your stash, begin to tape them together lengthways. Do them in batches of 5 strips, as this is much easier to handle when assembling your bowl.

Tape lengths together with sellotape

Tape lengths together with sellotape

4           With a pencil in the centre, begin to wrap your first strip round and round.

If you need to break hold it together with a clamp

If you need to break hold it together with a clamp

5           When you are close to the end of the first strip, attach the next strip, and so on and so forth, until you eventually have a large disc. This could now be used as a placemat if you so desire! If you need to take a break at this stage, clip the end securely to stop it from unravelling.

You could, of course, stop here and call it a mug coaster!

You could, of course, stop here and call it a mug coaster!

6           Once completed, tape the end securely and then tease out the bowl shape very, very carefully. Because the strips are narrow you don’t have much to play with, so be cautious and go round slowly. If it does unravel, don’t fret – you will just have to start making your disc again.

Once large enough tease the shape carefully.

Once large enough tease the shape carefully.

7           Once you have achieved a shape you are happy with, coat the inside with PVA glue and leave to dry, then turn your bowl over and coat the outside. It will still be fragile until the glue has done its job, so continue to treat it with care.

Finally slap on your PVA glue

Finally slap on your PVA glue

 

 

 

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About the Author:

Ruth Tott is the publisher of Home Farmer Magazine, and together with her husband, Paul Melnyczuk, Editor,is founder of the company. But her background is far removed having specialised in Costume History with a Post-Grad diploma in Museum Studies to boot. A far cry from looking after chickens, growing veg and making bread!

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