How to Cover Glass With Paper Mache

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Paper mache crafts are popular with children because they are easy to make. Many schools teach this craft using balloons and newspapers to make simple things like turtles, rocks and other items that can be made using a round balloon shape. Paper mache does not solely use balloons as a base. Glass can be used to make paper mache molds for bowls or vases with a little preparation and care.

Things You'll Need

  • Glass bowl
  • Water
  • Glue
  • Plastic wrap
  • Newspaper
  • Drop cloth
  • Paint

Lay a drop cloth down over the area in which you will work. Mix a paste using one of the recipes for paper mache. This example will mix 3/4 cup of white glue and 1/4 cup of water. Tear strips of newspaper about 1-by-4-inches. Take a glass bowl and wrap it in plastic wrap to protect it. Turn the bowl upside down.

Dip the newspaper strips into the glue solution and begin layering on the glass bowl. Repeat until the entire outside of the bowl is covered. Let the bowl dry 24 hours. When it is dry, mix more of the glue solution and tear more newspaper strips to dip and layer. There should be three layers on the bowl when the process is finished allowing 24 hours between layers to dry.

Remove the bowl from the paper mache by gently removing the plastic wrap from the bowl. Lift the bowl out of the plastic. Gently pull the plastic off the paper mache. Paint the bowl.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wrap the glass bowl tightly in plastic before applying any newspaper and paste. This ensures the bowl is not damaged and is easier to remove when complete.

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