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Magazine Bowl You Can Make for Free!

Learn how to make a magazine bowl from a stack of old magazines! This recycled craft is fun and easy – and the tutorial comes with a lid.

Skills Required: Beginner. You’ll need to be able to use a craft knife with a ruler, fold paper, and then add Mod Podge to seal.

Magazine Bowl

Are you looking for that unique, beautiful handmade gift that will make a big splash without breaking your bank account? Look no further. Crafts made with magazine pages are the way to go. Yep! You can make a magazine bowl with those catalogs you get in the mail. Fun, right?

We’ve made bowls out of some pretty fun things around here – confetti, fabric, doilies, tickets, and even faux leaves. The fact that I hadn’t done it out of magazines yet? I would be remiss as a Mod Podge blogger if I didn’t do this project.

Recycled Magazine Crafts

I love recycled crafts, and the idea of using magazines in a decoupage craft is very appealing. I have tried magazines in jewelry crafts, collages, on candle holders, and on lampshades.

It was time to try the elusive magazine bowl.

Not only is it a bowl, but this little container also has an adorable lid. And what does it cost? Nothing but your time, a stack of old magazines, and some Mod Podge.

Paper Bowl in Four Parts

You’re going to tackle this project in four parts:

  1. Bowl base
  2. Main part of bowl
  3. Lid handle
  4. Main part of lid

One thing you should know about this project is that it takes several hours to make – like all day. None of what you’ll be doing is hard at all. If you can fold paper, you can make this bowl.

Paper Bowl from a Magazine

However you should prepare for it to take awhile, as each layer of the bowl is simply a folded page of a magazine. As you can imagine, it takes several of those layers to make an entire bowl.

Why do it then? The results are really worth it. A bowl made of magazines is cool when you see it in person, especially when it’s sealed with Mod Podge. I want to try several styles of this bowl, but started with a basic, small vessel. Here’s how it’s made.

How to Make a Magazine Bowl

Gather These Supplies

Mod Podge Gloss magazines ruler craft knife craft glue

I’ll show you how to make each section of the paper bowl below.

Bowl Base

You’ll start by making the base of the bowl. Each magazine page (approximately 8 1/2 x 11″) will give you about five strips for this.

Cut magazine pages and fold

Use your craft knife and ruler to cut 1.5″ strip of magazine. Fold in half and smooth (a bone folder makes this really handy).

Fold and glue magazine strip

Open the strip up and place a dab of craft glue on each end and in the middle. Smooth and then fold again. Your strip will be 3/8″ wide (.375).

Glue the magazine strips together

Continue to make strips in the same manner, and start gluing them together with craft glue, overlapping end to end.

Roll and glue the magazine coil

One you have a good amount of length, start coiling the strips to make the base. Add craft glue as you go.

Paper magazine bowl base

Once the base is approximately 2 3/4 – 3″ in diameter, seal with a coat of Mod Podge. Let dry, then flip over and repeat on the other side.

Main Body of Bowl

For the main body of the bowl, you’re going to cut 3-inch strips out of the magazine pages.

Fold paper into one inch strips

Cut the strips and then fold then over together twice into 1-inch pieces.

You might be wondering why I didn’t cut 2-inch pieces and fold those over. Because 3-inch pieces bulk up the bowl faster! This magazine bowl takes some time, so I tried to speed things up where I could.

Glue the 1-inch magazine strips together

As you did before, add glue to the pieces to seal them together. Then attach pieces together using glue at the end.

Use a bottle to hold your magazine strips

It’s very helpful, as you’re creating strips, to use a large paint or Mod Podge bottle to wind up the strips. Then you can unwind them as you attach them to the base, which you’re going to do next.

Glue the magazine strips to the bowl base

It’s time to attach the magazine coil you made to the base. Place the base on your work surface and add craft glue, then wrap around the base piece.

You only want to use enough glue to attach the coil to the base; you will NOT continue using the glue as you wrap.

Continue wrapping the magazine pages

Continue wrapping (not using glue), somewhat tightly (but not too tight). You’re going to continue wrapping until you’ve reached the width of the bowl you want.

How to make a paper bowl out of magazines

Once you reach the width you desire, glue the end only with craft glue.

Push out the bottom of the bowl and Mod Podge

Push out the bottom of the bowl to expand it, accordion the magazine strips, and turn it into – a bowl! You can adjust your bowl shape. When you have the shape you like, add a layer of Mod Podge and let dry.

Lid Handle

For the handle, you’re going to cut 2-inch strips out of the magazines and glue together just as you did with the base and the body.

Magazine bowl knob strips

It didn’t take that many strips to make the handle; approximately 10 – 12.

Simply roll the strips together, making a 1″ long knob. When you reach the end, use a dab of craft glue. Let dry and then seal with Mod Podge.

Main Body of Lid

Your magazine bowl is nearing completion! For the lid, you’ll want to use 1-inch strips folded in half – so 1/2-inch strips. You don’t need the lid to be as tall as the base.

Rolling the paper for the lid

Place a dab of glue on the knob and start rolling the 1/2-inch strips around it until the lid is approximately the same diameter as the bowl base.

Remember – you only want to use glue when you’re first wrapping the 1/2-inch strips and then at the very end, because you’re going to accordion out the lid.

Coiled lid for a paper bow

At this time, the lid to your bowl should look like this. Push the lid out like an accordion with your thumbs until the lid is the height that you like. Seal with Mod Podge.

Mod Podge Gloss and Mod Podge Hard Coat

To this point I have used Mod Podge Gloss on this project, but I do have some Hard Coat on hand . . . so I decided to use it for my finishing coat.

This magazine bowl is just going to be for display, but why not make it a little more durable just in case.

Sealing-the-lid-and-base-with-Mod-Podge

I painted a few coats of Hard Coat on both the lid and the base and let them dry separately. What I like about the Hard Coat is that it’s not as tacky as Gloss, so it takes the edge off.

Bowl Made from Magazine Pages

If you’ve followed the tutorial to this point, you’ve successfully made a paper bowl from magazine pages. With a lid. How do you feel? I’d love for you to leave me a comment!

Magazine Bowl

Magazine Bowl

Yield: 1 bowl
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Active Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $0

Learn to make the coolest bowl ever out of a stack of old magazines! You'll love this easy recycled craft idea.

Materials

  • Old magazines
  • Craft glue
  • Mod Podge

Tools

  • Bone folder
  • Craft knife and ruler
  • Cutting mat

Instructions

  1. You'll start by making the base of the bowl. Use your craft knife and ruler to cut 1.5" strip of magazine. Fold in half.
  2. Open the strip up and place a dab of craft glue on each end and in the middle. Smooth and then fold again.
  3. Continue to make strips in the same manner, and start gluing them together with craft glue, overlapping end to end.
  4. One you have a good amount of length, start coiling the strips to make the base. Add craft glue as you go.
  5. Once the base is approximately 2 3/4 - 3" in diameter, seal with a coat of Mod Podge. Let dry, then flip over and repeat on the other side.
  6. For the main body of the bowl, start by cut 3-inch strips out of the magazine pages. Fold then over twice, into 1-inch pieces.
  7. Add glue to the pieces and smooth. Then attach pieces together using glue at each end.
  8. Place the bowl base on your work surface and add craft glue, then wrap around the base piece. You only want to use enough glue to attach the coil to the base.
  9. Continue wrapping (not using glue), somewhat tightly (but not too tight). Coil until you've reached the width of the bowl you want.
  10. Once you reach the width you desire, glue the end only with craft glue. Let dry.
  11. Push out the bottom of the bowl to expand it, accordion the magazine strips, and form your bowl shape.
  12. For the handle, you're going to cut 2-inch strips out of the magazines and glue together just as you did with the base and the body.
  13. Simply roll the strips together, making a 1" long knob. When you reach the end, use a dab of craft glue. Let dry and then seal with Mod Podge.
  14. For the lid, you'll want to use 1-inch strips folded in half - so 1/2-inch strips. You don't need the lid to be as tall as the base.
  15. Place a dab of glue on the knob and start rolling the 1/2-inch strips around it until the lid is approximately the same diameter as the bowl base. Attach the end with glue and let dry.
  16. Push the lid out like an accordion with your thumbs until the lid is the height that you like. Seal with Mod podge and let dry.
  17. To finish, paint a few additional coats of Mod Podge on both the lid and the base, letting dry between coats.

Did You Make This Project?

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I am so excited about this dish. I think I will put spare change it there, or maybe earrings. What would you put in your magazine bowl?

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ReMadeSimple Kristina

Wednesday 2nd of November 2011

This is so creative! I have seen some stuff like this in stores but I'm excited to head over and check the tutorial out.

Lynn

Tuesday 1st of November 2011

OK, so, How long does this bowl take to make?Oh, and Amy I gave our favorite medium, Mod Podge, a plug on my post today. Go see!

Kandra

Tuesday 1st of November 2011

Amy,

Firstly, I've been a follower for a long time of yours - big fan, but haven't commented much - if at all. I even follow you through twitter as well. Yesterday I saw where you were about to start chatting about crafterminds. I had no idea about this site (how did I miss this??). You replied to me (mindboggld) and sent me a link to the site so I could see how to better my blog and gain more readers. I just wanted to say thanks for taking the time and pointing me in the right direction. While it's all so overwhelming, I am going to make a serious "go" at blogging. I was only sharing with friends and family for the most part, so I never really concerned myself with it. But I like sharing ideas and thoughts and creative sparks, so I'm ready to make a better "go" at it. Anyways - all this to just say thanks. :)

OH! And I like the magazine bowls! So thanks for sharing the link to Johnnie :) Would make a great Christmas gift filled with home made candies and an embroidered tea towel! :D

Johnnie

Tuesday 1st of November 2011

Yippie! Thanks for the love, Amy.

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