How to Make a Toy Soldier Bowl

Updated February 21, 2017

The designers Steve Mosley and Dominic Wilcox were the first to create the "War" bowl, a bowl made entirely of melted small plastic toy soldiers, along with other elements. You can create your own identical bowl for simply the cost of purchasing the toy soldiers by melting the toys yourself. While you won't be able to eat soup or hold fruit in the finished fragile bowl, you'll definitely have a conversation piece to proudly display in your home.

Purchase packets of plastic toy soldiers, so that in total you have around 150 to 200 pieces. Preheat the oven to 177 degrees Celsius.

Arrange the toy soldiers around the inside of a glass or metal oven-safe bowl. Your goal is to line the interior of the bowl with soldiers, creating a layer that is at least two to three soldiers deep.

Place the bowl carefully in the oven and bake it for around 20 minutes, depending on the size of your bowl and the strength of your oven. Watch it carefully during this time. Remove the bowl once all the toy soldiers touching the bowl directly are melted. The remaining soldiers should be partially melted.

Remove the bowl from the oven with oven gloves. Allow it to cool for at least an hour. As it cools, the toy soldiers will start to pucker away from the glass or metal bowl, until eventually you can lift it off. The resulting bowl will have a melted plastic exterior in a bowl-like shape with half-melted plastic soldiers along the inner portions of the bowl.

Things You'll Need

  • Toy soldiers
  • Oven safe bowl
  • Oven gloves
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Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."