It’s a few weeks to Passover, when every single room in the house must be cleaned and the kitchen practically sterilized to get ready for the holiday. And I have a toddler who absconds with pita and sandwiches, spreading leavened bread in her wake.
That makes it the perfect time of year to start the messiest project I can think of. If you are new to the blog (welcome!) then you probably think I’m nuts. If you’ve been reading for a while, then this sort of crazy will be no surprise.
As I mentioned in the comments, this is one giant stainless steel Ikea bowl (you don’t have one? You must have one if you want to make truly excellent potato kugel. Go and get one, I’ll convince my sister the Rebbetzin to guest post with her recipe. You won’t want to miss that). We stuck a medium size glass bowl from Sheshet, the Israeli chain store, on top of the Ikea bowl.
And then we covered the whole setup with a plastic bag and masking tape, to protect the bowls:
Even Sagitta helped.
And then we papier-mâchéd.
Wear old clothes or a smock.
To papier-mâché, you need paper and glue. I use torn newspaper strips from the weekly circular that is delivered to our home free every Thursday for this very purpose (the rest of the city gets a copy, too. Apparently papier-mâché is popular around here). We rip the paper up into long strips, about 3 cm wide. You can make glue out of flour and water, but I want this to be useable over Passover, so I used plain white glue diluted with water. I eyeball this dilution, but I like the glue to be just a little runny.
Dip the strips into glue, and press them on your frame. I like to put the strips on the frame vertically in one layer, then horizontally the next layer to make the final product nice and strong (remind me to tell you about the time we overdid it on a pinata for Volucris’s birthday. It wasn’t pretty).
So now, some nine or ten layers later, we have this:
It should be reasonably dry come Sunday.
Now some kids love papier-mâché; there is something about getting your hands all glue covered and sticky that promotes well being and peace as well as excellent conversation. Other kids, however, would rather stick their hands into a viper pit. Those are the ones who like to rip the paper and take the photographs of the process and keep their hands clean and dry. Before you invest in a giant project it’s best to know which kind of kid you have, or you’ll never hear the end of it.
I have both kinds of kid, so I now have a papier-mâché covered bowls, a lovely stack of paper for tomorrow’s part of the project, and photographs to illustrate the blog. Stay tuned. If the layers are dry enough tomorrow, we’ll do the next part and you’ll see where we are going with this.