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I thought it would be really cute to also make the mushrooms from Super Mario Brothers. The main form of the mushroom will be a bowl and a cylinder type object (like oatmeal container). Here we go again!

Supplies Needed:

Large Bowl
Cylinder Shape Object such as oatmeal container or paint can
Acrylic Paint (green or red, white, and black)
Razor Blade Knife
Container for Glue such as Cool Whip container
Masking Tape

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Step 1: Prep Materials & Bowl

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First you want to prep your materials:

Put out a piece of Cardboard for a working area. 

Tear your paper into pieces.

Prepare your glue by adding water to it to get a good consistancy.

Take your bowl and wrap it with plastic wrap. Use masking tape to hold the plastic wrap on the inside of the bowl.  If you decide to use a paint can, then also prep that with plastic wrap. If you want to use a oatmeal box you don't have to prep it.

Step 2: First Paper Mache

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Begin the paper mache process. Dip your pieces of paper into the glue and remove extra glue by running it through your fingers.  Then apply it to the bowl. Competely cover the bowl.  Then when you are done with the bowl, cover the oatmeal container with the paper and glue. Let both objects dry. 

To save my glue between the processes, I typically add extra water so it won't dry out as quickly.

Step 3: Repeat!

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Paper Mache the bowl atleast two more times.  Let the pieces dry in between the different layers. You want to make the top as sturdy as possible.

Step 4: Remove Bowl

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To remove the bowl from the paper mache, first take off the tape attaching the plastic wrap to the bowl.  Then try to slide the bowl away from the paper mache.  This may take a little patience but it will eventual separate. Also if you used a container (that you want to save for later) for the base, separate the paper mache.  Remove any plastic wrap still attached to the inside of the paper mache.
You've seen this one, right?

Super Mario - Game Over

The sight of your mushrooms reminded me of that video, and this is a good instructable too.  You've got my vote for the make-it-stick-contest.

sandgurl (author)  Jack A Lopez3 years ago
hehe... You can never have enough 1-UPs!!! Thank You :)