Making a Tissue Paper Bowl

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June 29, 2016

finished empty tissue paper bowlThis bowl is made using scraps of tissue paper saved from packaging and purchased cut flowers. It is simple to make and older children can join in with the fun. Make them any size and thickness you like. They can have many functions such as for buffet tables, dried flower arrangements, or for containing makeup or trinkets on your dressing table.


Total Time: 15 - 30 minutes plus drying time


  • 8 or more scraps of tissue paper
  • PVA glue
  • 1 brush for the glue
  • 1 yoghurt pot or similar for mixing the glue
  • 1 scissors
  • plastic food wrap
  • 1 ceramic bowl
  • plastic work surface or a plastic table cover
Tissue Paper Bowl
Tissue Paper Bowl
Tissue Paper Bowl
Tissue Paper Bowl
Tissue Paper Bowl
Tissue Paper Bowl
Tissue Paper Bowl


  1. Make sure your work surface is either plastic or covered with a plastic cloth so the glue can be wiped or peeled off later. Cover the outside of the ceramic bowl with a single layer of food wrap.
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  3. Place the bowl upside down.
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  5. Pour some PVA glue into the yoghurt pot.
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  7. Mix in approximately the same amount of water.
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  9. Take a square of tissue paper large enough to cover the bowl and lay it out flat. Use the brush to spread glue over the entire sheet.
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  11. Very carefully lift up the tissue paper - it is very delicate with being so wet, but don't worry if it does tear a bit.
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  13. Lay the paper over the plastic film covered bowl. Don't worry about wrinkles, but try to make sure there are not too many air bubbles if you can.
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  15. Do the same with the next sheet. You might find it a good idea to have a bowl of water handy to rinse your fingers between layers because when they are sticky it is easy to tear the wet paper.
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  17. Carry on covering the bowl in the same way. I used 8 layers and four colours which is enough for a thin structure, but the more layers you use, the stronger the bowl will be. Experiment with different colour combinations - all one colour or a mix. You will probably find that the colours bleed into each other.
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    Tissue Paper Bowl

  19. Give the bowl one final brush over with glue to make sure it is as tight against the ceramic bowl as possible.
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    Tissue Paper Bowl
  21. Leave to dry. Be patient. This could take a day or so.
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  23. Once it is thoroughly dry use a blunt knife or spatula between the ceramic bowl and the plastic film to gently ease it away.
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    Tissue Paper Bowl
  25. Leave it as it is if you like the shabby look.
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  27. Or trim the bowl with scissors if you prefer it neat.
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    Tissue Paper Bowl
  29. Fill your bowl. I used mine for treats for the kids (and the big kids too).
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July 12, 20160 found this helpful



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June 22, 20201 found this helpful

Great craft!!! I can see using other items, like vases, urns, drinking glasses, long as the item isn't smallest at the neck. That would obviously prevent removing the glued tissue paper after it dried.


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June 22, 20201 found this helpful

You could even cover baking dishes or cake pans, to make flatter rectangular tissue paper trays.

June 22, 20200 found this helpful

I like the looks of the tissue paper . My girls and son made the bowl out of newspaper some years ago when the grandma and grandpa died were given back to the kids.

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