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Tissue Paper Bowl

Updated: Jun 26, 2021

Get creative and make your very own bowl that can be used for play or to display in your room! This craft is easy and fun to make using tissue paper, mod podge, and a balloon! In this activity, which is great for preschoolers and school age children, your child will practice their fine motor skills and utilize their creativity. Once the project is finished the bowls can be used to hold small toys, coins, jewelry, or other knick knacks!


Newspaper for your workspace (optional)


Tape (optional)

Mod podge

Tissue paper of any size, shape, or color

Plastic bowl for your mod podge

A plastic cup or tupperware to rest the balloon

Sponge brushes or paint brushes



Before starting you might want to lay down some newspaper on your workspace. This isn’t required, just recommended because we will be using mod podge.

Step 1

First we are going to take the tissue paper and carefully use scissors to cut it. Cut the tissue paper into any sizes or shapes you would like to have on your bowl! Set the tissue paper to the side when you are done.

Step 2

Next you will blow up a balloon to the size you would like and tie a knot. Ask an adult for help if you need it! Then you will take your blown up balloon and place it on top of a cup or tupperware with the knot side facing down.

Tip: You can use tape to secure the balloon to the container if needed to keep it from moving when you apply the mod podge.

Step 3

Now you will use a sponge brush or paint brush and paint a thin layer of mod podge on the top of the balloon. Mod podge is like glue and will hold the tissue paper together so it can harden into the shape of a bowl around the balloon!

What you cover with mod podge is going to be the shape of your bowl, so the more space you cover the bigger your bowl will be!

Tip: You will trim the edges of the bowl later so make it a little bigger than you want it to be.

Step 4

Cover the mod podge with your tissue paper. Then you’re going to use your brush again to cover the tissue paper lightly with another layer of mod podge! Repeat this step 2 times. Once you’ve finished your last layer of mod podge set the balloon aside to dry for 6 to 8 hours. You can let it dry overnight, or place it in the sun during the day.

Tip: If your tissue paper has a pattern on it, make sure to face the pattern towards the balloon for the first layer. For all the other layers face the tissue paper away from the balloon. Doing this makes sure the pattern will show on the inside and on the outside of the bowl!

Step 5

Once the balloon is dry, you are going to use your scissors to make a small hole in the balloon. This hole will let all the air out! The balloon should separate easily from the paper by itself. It will make a cool sound as it blows out all the air! You can gently pull the deflated balloon from the paper a little at a time until they are separated.

Step 6

Lastly, you will use scissors to trim the edges so it is even and then you have your finished bowl! What will you use your bowl for? You can use it to store money, jewelry, lego and more! There are so many uses!

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