Magazine Art Bowl

17 Sep

Blow up a balloon. Cut strips of magazines, fold in half. Roll up and glue to balloon. When all dry, pop balloon.

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Posted by on September 17, 2011 in Crafts, Gift it, Kids, Paper


44 responses to “Magazine Art Bowl

  1. follybloom

    September 17, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    That is fab!!! I am recycling all my paper into making winter fuel logs but hey I’ll shiver and make this instead!!

  2. Cassie

    November 6, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    How do you roll the paper?

    • Krisgo

      November 7, 2011 at 4:56 pm

      I appears that strips were folded in half and then starting at one end, just roll up to the other end. Secure with glue.

  3. Samantha

    November 30, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    What type of glue do you use? And how do you glue them? To the balloon or to each circle? Or do you dip the whole strip in the glue

    • Krisgo

      December 2, 2011 at 1:47 pm

      Use a clear drying craft glue. Do not use hot glue! You must glue the magazine circles to each other and just use the balloon as a guide. Sure, some glue will get on the balloon, but if too much does, then when you pop and try to pull out the balloon, it may pull your bowl out of whack. Hope this helps!

  4. Mamahama

    January 16, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    How wide do you cut the strips of magazine pages? This is very clever! LOVE the idea!

    • Krisgo

      January 18, 2012 at 11:56 am

      Some people are using a whole magazine page, rolling it up like a pencil shape, flattening it and then rolling it starting at one end. Also you could cut the pencil shape in half and get smaller rolls. I like the look of the different size rolls.

  5. Meredith

    January 16, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Why can’t hot glue be used?

    • Krisgo

      January 18, 2012 at 11:45 am

      You can certainly try to use hot glue, but in my experience this pops the balloon, especially if the balloon is blown up really full. But hey, hot glue would be a whole lot quicker, and if it works for you, then i say go for it!!!

  6. sharon

    February 3, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    For what it’s worth…”Funner” is now a word! (as of 2010) ; )

    And this is a very cool project. Let the rolling begin!


  7. Emily

    February 20, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Going to try this! I pinned this to Pinterest, and a bunch of people repinned it. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Krisgo

      February 22, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      Nice! Loving Pinterest too <3

  8. Adie

    February 23, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    How do you do the bottom? Do you glue the rolls to the bottom of the balloon as well and, if so, how do you get a flat bottom?

  9. Cindy Williams

    March 6, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Ditto what Adie asked…

  10. Krisgo

    March 6, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    You could start with a flat circle and continue round and round as they do in the video. Or you could use the balloon as a guide and make the whole thing round. The bowl would need to sit on a base. The one in the pic is sitting on a square wooden base; like a small frame.

    • Annie93

      July 4, 2012 at 5:12 am

      I was just thinking that you could help it bottom out if you place something in the bottom of the balloon before you inflate it (such as sand). That might help flatten it out. Just a thought!

  11. msconnie2u

    March 29, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    this is a fantastic idea, could we use scrapbooking paper as well?

    • Krisgo

      April 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      Sure! I think that’d be awesome!

  12. Claudia

    April 26, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    You are so talented. I love these designs and all recycling too!

  13. Lori

    May 10, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I want to make this! I am in the process of making a cross out of the rolled up magazines. I cut a magazine page in half and roll it up. If you use the whole page, its too wide. I use quick dry craft glue. It works great! Drys clear. I don’t recommend hot glue. You have to work to close to the paper and you will get burned a lot. I also have found that the magazine pages that are thick and glossy, don’t roll well at all. I hope this helps.

  14. Phyllis Nowosad

    May 30, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    If you use regular glue does it not then take forever to dry and set? I imagine you could use regular glue make all the diskie things use paper clips to keep them rolled and then arrange them as you like. This would make great decorations for over old milk jugs that you want to turn into pots. of boxes for pretty storage and then the hot glue wouldn’t be a issue if you used it just to attache the disks to the non balloon object. i have a cheap vase that was originally painted by someone and the paint is peeling off I am going to do this to it:) It look great all coloured but imagine if you pained it as well. Monochromatic but textured. I am dying to try this. SOmething to keep me away from the fridge and my hand busy when i watch TV:)

    • Krisgo

      May 30, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      This may be a project like a knitting project: as in, you do a little each day…. not just get it all done in one sitting. I’ll attempt a small bowl and record my findings soon. If you attempt it, let us know how your bowl turns out and any suggestions you may have! Thanks!

  15. Nicole

    June 28, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Are some magazine strips glued together to make the really big circles?

    • Krisgo

      June 28, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      Take a strip of magazine page and roll it around a pencil to get a long tube. Flatten the tube and then roll from one end. This is one way – but you could experiment with other ways to get the size of rolls you want. Hope this helps!

  16. Nicole

    June 28, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    great thank you!

  17. Marilyn

    July 28, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Going to attempt this next week, will come back and let you know how it turns out. I really love this idea! Thanks for the suggestions in here for flat bottoms, type of glue, how to roll, etc!

  18. Jacquelyn L Whitsitt

    August 30, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    How do you keep the rolls from unrolling while they dry??Help want to make this!!

    • Krisgo

      August 31, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      One way is to to use pushpins or sewing pins and a piece of corkboard or cardboard. Roll up the paper. set it on the board flat and use 3 push pins up against the sides. then add a roll and a pin or two until you’ve filled an area. Remove the dried ones and keep on rolling.

  19. Mayra

    September 29, 2012 at 1:08 am

    so I just made something similar to this, invested a lot of time and effort and loved the final result. It came out exactly how I wanted it…HOWEVER, I used Mod Podge (for the first time actually) and even though it dried nice and clear, I didn’t know it wouldn’t harden the way I wanted it. So after I popped the balloon it had a nice shape, but now that’s been sitting on a flat surface, my “sculpture” seems to be deflating, like it’s getting more and more flat in the bottom. If I pull of put pressure on it it does change its shape a bit, as if it was one bit plastic basket. I am a bit disappointed but refuse to give up. I’m going to blow up another balloon inside to help it keep it’s shape while I find a better glie that actually dries very hard. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated! thanx

    • linda

      November 27, 2012 at 8:05 am

      try using shellac over your project after the glue has dried.

  20. Allie @ HGTV

    July 15, 2013 at 2:31 pm


    I just wanted to let you know how much we at HGTV loved this post! We featured it on our blog, Design Happens:

    Thanks for inspiring us!

  21. Emma

    October 13, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Is it necessary to fold the magazine strip in half?

    • Krisgo

      October 14, 2013 at 10:13 am

      folding it in half will give it some strength, but you should try it the other way as well, and see what works for you!

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    November 30, 2014 at 11:55 pm

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