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Pretty Paper Bowls

Serve homemade treats in containers crafted from ordinary paper plates cinched with big, colorful rubber bands. These everyday supplies have never looked so chic.




Use six-inch plates for individual bowls or nine-inch plates for larger serving containers.


  • Paper plates
  • Paper Edger Scissors, in Clouds
  • Rubber bands


  1. Step 1

    Trim 1/4 inch from the circumference of 1 plate with scallop scissors.

  2. Step 2

    Using a pencil, draw a tic-tac-toe grid on the back of the plate, with the center square at the plate's center.

  3. Step 3

    Cut along every other pencil line that extends to the edge of the plate, taking care not to cut into the centered square.

  4. Step 4

    Fold the flaps up, 1 inside the next. Wrap with a rubber band.

Martha Stewart Living, June 2011



Reviews (4)

  • dottyjoy 13 Sep, 2012

    I used staples to secure and they were cute as ever !

  • NSisifo 4 Sep, 2011

    Instead of spending way too much on popcorn bowls for my girls' circus birthday party, I bought a package of 60 plates for less than a dollar and was able to customize my own. Thank you!

  • ojolie 23 Aug, 2011

    With a little bit of help even young children could make these cups. Children could add their own art work around the sides and then when it is folded up it would be fun to see how their drawings would make a surprise patttern. I think I would staple the corners together first to hold and then add the rubber bands or ribbon for trim. Good Easter basket for place settings. So many ways to use this idea. Thanks for sharing this inexpensive but charming craft..

  • Knockers 22 Aug, 2011

    sounds interesting. think of the washing up. None