I mainly used advertisements from the magazines, they’re normally much more colorful than individual articles. If you want a theme throughout the bowl, you can look for similar colors, or similar product ads. In most advertisements the model(s) are centered, so if you fold the paper in the right way, you can get mainly bodies, faces, eyes, or clothing to show throughout the sides of the bowl and/or coasters.
Step 1: What You'll Need
- Hot Glue Gun
- Hard Surface to work on
- Mod Podge (or other water-based sealant)
- Newspapers or other surface to let the sealant dry on
- Water-Proof Sealer (I used a Clear Acrylic High Gloss Sealer for coasters)
The size bowl that I made used approximately 1 full magazine. Make sure you have plenty of magazines before you begin; you never know how big of a bowl you'll want to make! :)
Step 2: Starting the Bowl
To begin, take one folded page and using the hot glue gun, place glue along part of one side, rolling the paper on top of itself; it should be a circle (not necessarily a perfect one, but that gives it more character!). Leave a small end free, so the next strip can be glued underneath it, to continue the circle. Keep adding more pages in the same fashion until the circle is as large as you want for a coaster, or for the bottom of a bowl. Remember, the bottom of the bowl will be the smallest part of the bowl, the side will widen as it gets taller.
If you're making coasters, once they're the desired size, you're basically done and you can skip the next step and go onto the sealing process.
Step 3: Adding Depth to the Bowl
You're getting so close to done! All that's left is sealing the products and letting them dry before using them!
Step 4: Sealing the Finished Product
Once the coasters are dry, you can spray them with the water-proof sealer so they can be used for drinks. They may need to be re-sprayed from time to time, since they are made of paper and are being used for drinks.
Once the pieces of art are dry, they are ready to be used! If you decide to make more, you can experiment with different shapes. A friend of mine made a triangle shaped bowl and square coasters, the sky's the limit! Enjoy your new pieces, and be prepared for them to be a conversation starter!