DIY Rustic Jute Twine Bowl

Remember paper mache? No longer do you have to use it just for paper. Create some fabulous 3D shapes with twine, paper mache paste and a balloon. You won’t be able to wait to start this twine bowl until the kids come home from school!

Difficulty level: Advanced
Time required: 1 hour active, at least 24 hours to dry.
Age range: 8+ (younger kids will need help cooking up the paste)

Things you’ll need:
Jute twine
1/4 C Flour
1 1/2 tsp Sugar
2 C water, divided
Mixing bowl and sauce pan
Measuring cups and spoons
Small bowl to serve as a stand while the project dries

Things to do:
1. Create your paper mache paste by combining 1/4 cup flour and 1 cup cold water in a bowl. Next, boil 1 cup water on the stove. Add the water/flour mixture you previously mixed. Bring back to a boil. Remove from heat and add 1 1/2 tsp sugar. Allow this mixture to cool. It will get thicker as it cools.
2. Once the mixture is cool, blow up your balloon and set up your work area. Unroll some of the jute so you have something to work with.

3. Don’t clip your twine. Simply unroll it and start dipping it in the paste.

4. Start wrapping it around the base of the balloon. Use enough paste to hold everything together but not too much. I used a little too much and my bowl took much longer to dry.

5. Wind as high as you’d like for the size of bowl you’re looking to make. You can do a spiral design, or reinforce your bowl by criss-crossing your twine.

6. Allow the bowl to dry for at least 24 hours, then pop the balloon.

7. The balloon will shrivel up and pull away from the jute bowl – no worries about peeling it away!

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