*To create a papier mache' item; first start with a mold, form or skeleton. Balloons, wire frames, pipe cleaners and cardboard all make excellent frames.
*Bowls can be molded by first covering the inside of the bowl with liquid soap or vaseline then applying one by 4-5 inch strips. The smaller the bowl, the shorter the strips. Also there should be10-12 layers for a bowl. Wait for bowl to dry (length of time depends of number of layers). Remove from mold and trim edge. Finish off the rim with two layer of very short strips over the edge.
*Also note that facial tissue is good for adding features to an item. Dip tissue in paste and adhere to item, then cover with mixture-soaked strips.