Spread your mod podge around the inside of your container first. As you can probably tell from the photo I used my fingers for this.
To start decorating your bowl, tear off strips of your chosen paper and place them on the inside. They can overlap here and there and there can be gaps too.
I used the lid of a plastic storage container as my work surface for this. You can make the scraps small or large.
First, I didn’t bother using proper gold leaf size, I used more mod podge in the spaces where I wanted the gold leaf to stick.