Rolled Magazine Bowl

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Introduction: Rolled Magazine Bowl

1- What did you make? This bowl is built from rolled magazine strips! I used old magazines because it's a cheap, easy, and colorful material.
2- How did you make it?
 I decided to build this out of sheer boredom while watching a long movie with my sister. The idea just popped into my mind! I created it by gluing small magazine rolls to a blown up balloon before popping it. My plans only varied once when I decided to tape the balloon down to keep it sturdy.
3- Where did you make it? 
I made this at home. I've always enjoyed putting old magazines and newspapers to good use instead of getting rid of them, so it was a perfect project.
4- What did you learn?
I learned that some projects take a TON of patience and dedication. It was hard to keep going, especially when the paper kept falling off. I'm proud of the fact that it's so unique and that I finished it even though it was a big challenge. If I ever do this again, I'll start by taping the balloon down.

Step 1: Materials

For this project, you'll need:
-a balloon
-tape
-glue
-old magazines
-scissors

Begin by taping the balloon down to a roll of masking tape. This will keep it steady and prevent it from flipping over while you're working. When I was making my bowl, I didn't tape it down beforehand, and it flipped over, which ruined some of my progress. I recommend that you start off more prepared than I was.

Step 2: Creating the Roll

Cut out a strip of magazine and fold it several times. This ensures that it won't be too wide. Roll it up and seal it closed with a dab of glue. If it's still too long, cut it into multiple pieces!

Step 3: Glue It!

Glue each roll onto the surface of the balloon. Add some glue between each roll of paper for extra support. This step takes the longest to complete, so I would recommend watching a movie while you do this. I added each rolled strip to the balloon once it was finished so they wouldn't unravel. Give your project several days to dry before popping the balloon.

Step 4: The Final Product

 Project complete! You may need to add some extra glue to the weaker spots on your bowl since it'll be fragile. Let me just warn you right now; this project takes tons of time! Mine took about 7 hours to build, which took alot of patience and dedication. It was tempting to give up sometimes, but I'm glad that I didn't. If you have enough time on your hands, I would recommend giving it a try! It was definitely satisfying once it was finished. If I were to make it again, I would use a smaller balloon to quicken the process.

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    8 Comments

    nice looking bowl, I will have to try this one day.

    very neat idea! ill have to try this, thanks for the instruction.

    I read the other comments and what I see is thinking outside the box what is your next project?

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    My next project? I'm not quite sure yet. I have a safety pin necklace that I started and need to finish. I've been busy with college but I'll try to get back into posting! :)

    sounds like a great idea for when your recuperating from an injury

    Boah, that must have been a mega boring movie! Not something I would like to have, but well done and explained.

    And as Kiteman said, put a protective layer on it - some clear lacquer, plastic spray, or - if nothing else is available - hair spray.

    Oh, I like that, though I think, personally, I would varnish the whole thing with a layer of PVA as well.