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gold frosted balloon bowls


A gorgeous bowl to make your home feel a bit less bare now that the holiday decor has come down. Make your own with a balloon, newspaper and a handy homemade paste recipe…

Create a papier-mâché bowl by first making a paste. The best version is made by mixing 1 part flour to 5 parts water, boiling for 3 minutes, then letting it cool.

Blow up a balloon then tape it to a sturdy cup. With a paintbrush, “paint” some paste onto 1” newspaper strips on both sides then “paint” it to the balloon starting with the center and working out.  Let each layer dry completely before reapplying another layer. Create 6-7 layers for solid bowl.  Pop the balloon then carefully  remove the balloon from the paper.

Cut the balloon level down so it’s at the level you want the bowl to be at. Spray paint the inside gold and let it dry. Spray paint the outside gold and let it dry. With spray mount, spray the outside and then quickly apply Himalayan or thick sea salt. Apply as little or as much as you wish. Apply another layer of spray mount on top to really make it stick.

Project design by Brittany Watson Jepsen and photographed by Hilda Grahnat.



  • welovecitrus
    January 18, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    i love this idea :-)

  • elenor
    January 21, 2012 at 5:28 am

    thank you for sharing this lovely project and the good tutorial with the fine pictures!
    many greetings from Austria!

  • Ann Martin
    March 12, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Really lovely bowl; found it (and your site; lovely too!) via CraftGawker. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  • Margret Johnson
    April 14, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Hi this is very beautiful. One question – the bowl looks like it is oval (the opening) or not completely round. How do you do that? Thanks for the tutorial !!!
    Margret from Reykjavik Iceland

  • Saga
    August 9, 2013 at 2:19 am

    I too love this idea, it looks nice :-)

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  • Debbi Trudeau
    June 27, 2015 at 8:37 am

    This is not a balloon bowl. It’s a paper bowl shapped by using a balloon. When the directions say to cut the balloon down, you’re only cutting the paper you removed from the balloon from correct? If love to know how to use the latex balloon to make the actual bowl. Did I misunderstand or miss a step?

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