upcycled project – multi-purpose paper bowl

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upcycled project - paper bowl

So, this is me delivering my ‘promise’ to show you the ‘how-to’ in making this upcycled project – multi-purpose paper bowl.

I think this makes pretty useful crafting containers when conducting a simple crafting class with children. Instead of buying many plastic cups or containers to contain some crafting materials, make this instead. Lightweight, and space saving. Surely, I am referring to non-fluid materials.

I kept many of these in the drawer when I was working in an office setting. I dumped paper staplers wastes and punched paper wastes in this and empty it at the end of the day. I know, I could just toss them in the bin anyway.

My mum would use the larger ones for peanut or melon seed shells, while she watches telly. Especially handy during festive season, when people visit, and we placed several of these on the table, so that guests would throw the sweet wrappers or nuts shells in them instead. It’s a mess when everything else is all over the table. (mess drives me nuts!)

Enough talking, here is the folding instruction:

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For practice purpose, choose a larger sheet of paper, approximately A5 size.

1. Place the paper vertically.

2. Fold the paper into half – vertically.

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3. You should have the folded paper presented in landscape position.

4. Fold paper into half – horizontally.

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5. Open up the folded paper.

6. Using the folded crease as guide, fold the bottom corner of the right portion to the center of paper.

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7. Flip the left ‘page’ towards the folded side (which you just created in step 6).

8. Fold the corner of the paper (same way you did in step 6).

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9. Unfold the corner, and push the ‘corner’ towards the inner part of the paper as illustrated.

10. You will now have folded ‘V’ on the bottom.

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11. Flip the ‘page’ on the right over to the completed step (step 10)

12. Repeat step 9.

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13. Similarly, you get the folded ‘V’ at the bottom.

14. Now, flip over the left ‘page’. the ‘V’ is now concealed.

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15. Fold the top corner of right ‘page’ to the center of the paper.

16. Do the same the left side.

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17. Turn over, repeat step 15.

18. Do the same for the left side.

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19. Fold to top flap over as illustrated.

20. Placement illustration.

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Optional – to secure the sides of the bowl.

21. Tilt the flap, and tuck the corner into the fold.

22. Placement illustration.

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23. Do the same for all corners. (total of four corners for both sides)

24. Placement illustration.

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25. Open up the ‘bowl’ carefully.

26. Finished work illustration.

#if you skip the option step to tuck in the corners, you will get a bowl that has ‘ears’ wide open by the side.

Have fun!

Tips: if the paper is thin, you may use double sheets so that it won’t break too easily, if you intend to use this to hold heavier contents.

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