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‘Stained Glass’ Paper Bowl Tutorial

February 25, 2011

This is fun to make and the results are magical. I plan on making a series of smaller ones to use as votives.


  • Bowl for mould – we used a ceramic breakfast bowl
  • Clingfilm
  • PVA glue
  • Tissue Paper, various colours

Cover the bowl you are using as a mould with cling film. Take a piece of tissue paper large enough to cover the bowl and scrunch it around the outside of the bowl. Apply glue liberally, smoothing down tissue paper so that it follows the shape of the bowl. Tear or cut different coloured tissue paper into squares and stick onto the bowl, applying a layer of glue on top of each piece as you stick it down. Continue this process until you have built up 3 or 4 layers. Add more if you want a more robust bowl but the more you add, the less transparent your bowl will be. Leave to dry overnight – thicker bowls may take longer.

When the bowl is completely dry, ease the cling film off the mould – this can be a bit fiddly. If it really won’t budge, try gently pushing a knife of spoon handle between clingfilm and bowl. When its off, the cling film should come away from the paper bowl easily. You can trim the edge of the bowl for a neater look but I liked the rough edge on ours.

The Little One really loved making this – and was very pleased with the end result. She even found an alternative use for the bowl…

Thanks for looking. Wishing you are a wonderful weekend. xxx


8 Comments leave one →
  1. February 25, 2011 9:00 pm

    I love the stained glass effect. Seems very easy, fun and quite adequate foe little ones too. I’ll definitely give it try. Thanks for sharing!

  2. February 26, 2011 6:30 am

    Pretty little bowl (and a great head topper, too). I guess you could go a step further and put a sealant on it for better “wipe-ability” (don’t think that’s a word, but i’m goin’ for it anyway).

  3. February 26, 2011 10:42 am

    these are so great – they would look amazing with candles inside.

  4. March 2, 2011 12:04 am

    These are so pretty! I love the way the candle makes the colours glow like glass.

  5. Oona Nicholas permalink
    March 2, 2011 4:08 pm

    They are so pretty, you inspired me out of a crafting funk. Me and my 5 year old just made them. 🙂 He was loving it tissue papered a rock and an old glass candle holder.
    Thank you so much for the idea. I can’t wait until ours dry to see them done.
    Next up the cardboard tree!!!

  6. March 10, 2011 2:41 pm

    My daughter is constantly “making things”, I will have to make one of these bowls with her, she will love it!

    Last year at a craft fair we made a sun to hang in the window in a similar way. They gave us tissue paper, but also glitter, coloured cellophane, and sand, (for texture). It worked well but there was no way to keep it flat while it dried, not a problem with a bowl.

    Now I am trying to think of other things that could be made like this. Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. March 31, 2011 8:43 am

    so sweet – what a simple yet effective idea

  8. GinMummy permalink
    February 15, 2012 6:59 pm

    A lovely idea – we made them yesterday. Trouble is now I can’t seperate the tissue bowls from the original bowls :-(( I wonder if whe should have put vaseline/oil on the bowls before the cling film!

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