Paper Mache Bowl – Sunflowers

Paper Mache Bowl – Sunflowers

This project shows you how to make a paper mache bowl decorated with sunflowers.

What you need

Transfer Paper
Plastic Wrap
Sand paper
Acrylic Paints: red, turquoise, bright yellow, orange, honey brown, burnt umber.
Different size brushes
Optional: Modge Podge


1. Wrap and tape the bowl with plastic wrap.

Wrap and tape

2. To create the paper mache paste mix flour with water until the mixture looks like a creamy paste, not too watery or too thick. I stir the mix for several minutes until there are no bumps.

Stir the mix

3. Tear strips of newspaper about 1″ wide. Dip newspaper strips into the paste, wipe excess paste with your fingers and apply it to bowl. Overlap strips. Cover your bowl with at least four to five layers of paper strips. Keep in mind that the more layers you apply to the bowl the more sturdy the bowl will be.

Cover with newspaper strips

4. Once it is completely dry pull the paper off the bowl. Sand Lightly and use Gesso on the entire bowl to prepare it for painting. Let dry.

Prepare for painting

5. Follow the manufactures transfer paper instructions to transfer the sunflower image to the bowl. Once the image is transferred, paint the outside of bowl red and the inside turquoise. (these are only suggested colors, you can use any color that matches your home décor). Use a small brush to paint in between petals. Let dry. A few coats may be necessary.

Transfer Image

Pattern used

6. Paint sunflower’s petals bright yellow and the center honey brown. Let dry.

Paint the sunflowers

7. To create the inner circles of the sunflower, use burnt umber to outline circles and as you are moving away from the circle add water to the paint to dilute it.

8. Use orange to paint only some parts of the petals and give them a little bit of depth.  Outline the petals with burn umber and a fine brush.

Don't forget to paint the bottom

It is optional if you would like to seal the bowl with a clear protective finish. I used Modge Podge for this project.


  1. Once it is completely dry pull the paper bowl off. Sand Lightly and gesso the entire bowl to prepare it for painting. Let dry.

    I dont understand completely dry pull the paper bowl off sand slighty and gesso the bowl what is gesso and why pul the dry paper of the bowl and you work over the paper mache, please help this is my first try my e-mail

  2. This is lovely. What would you put in paper mache bowl? Or it’s just an art piece?

  3. What do you mean by “transfer paper” and where can I buy it? Thank you.

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