How to decorate a dough bowl: Let me show you how to decorate a dough bowl for every season and holiday this year!
Ahh the beloved dough bowl! It’s simple yet beautiful. I love there there is now two dough bowls alike and each one of them carries it’s own unique charm. Dough bowls come in all shapes and sizes suitable for any space!
This Post is all about how to decorate a dough bowl!
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Decorating a Dough Bowl
What is a Dough Bowl?
Before we get into decorating our bowls, what the heck are dough bowls and where did they come from? Dough bowls date back to the colonial times (1607-1776) and were used to mix dough. They were sometimes called trenchers and a treasured staple in the home usually passed down generation to generation. Can you imagine actually owning an antique dough bowl?! Mine just came from Amazon lol
Dough Bowls found on Amazon
What can you Put in a Dough Bowl?
Okay, so you have your dough bowl but it’s empty.. What can you put in a dough bowl? My short answer is anything small. Think about anything that you can hold in one hand (that’s pretty), gather several of them and then throw them in your bowl. That’s it! Not specific enough? Don’t worry, I have several examples for you below.
How to Decorate Dough Bowls
I love being able to switch out my dough bowl fillers for the season, but if that’s not your cup of tea, I have ideas that will work for you all year-round too!
How to Decorate a Dough Bowl for Winter
Use Pinecones for your filler!
Pinecones add the perfect wintery touch to your home for winter! They are the perfect dough bowl filler too! Depending where you live, you might have the luxury of collecting a few pinecones during a nice walk outside.. for free!
If you do snag your pinecones from the great outdoors, be sure to bake them in the oven at 200 F for about 30 minutes to get rid of any critters and help them open up a bit. However, learn from my mistake and use tinfoil on your baking sheets!! Pinecone sap is no joke and I think I may have ruined two of my baking sheets.
Want more winter decor ideas? Check out my How to Decorate after Christmas Post here!
Decorate with Conversation Hearts for Valentine’s Day!
Wanting to show your dough bowl some love this Valentine’s Day (someone stop me with this cheesiness)? Add some conversation hearts! My bowl took 4 bags of hearts to reach this level of fullness, which seems excessive. If you decide to use this filler, I would recommend faking it by adding something like tissue paper to the bottom of your bowl so you don’t have to fill it up as much. You can also add some candles to take up more space.
Want some more Valentine DIYs? Check out my DIY throw pillow here or my DIY reversed canvas sign here. Both of these DIYs can be made for less than $5!
How to Decorate a Dough Bowl for Spring
Fill your dough bowl with Easter Eggs for Easter
Easter eggs are the perfect size for your dough bowl which make them great spring fillers. I even have a fun DIY for you to make your own custom eggs too! Upgrade the look of your ordinary plastic eggs with this fun decoupage technique. This DIY cost me less than $5 to make! All you need is a few plastic Easter eggs, paper (virtually any kind), and some mod podge. Check out the full tutorial here.
Make an Easy Flower Arrangement for your Dough Bowl
After Easter, I usually fill my bowl with a flower arrangement like this one for the remainder of Spring.. or until I want to change it up again! I did this by simply laying lamb’s ear down first (I used a 6′ garland, but individual stems would work too) and some faux white hydrangeas on top. I didn’t glue or tie anything down in case I wanted to do something else with these pieces in the future.
How to Decorate a Dough Bowl for Summer
Make it a Fruit Bowl
Want your dough bowl to have a purpose other than just decoration? Add some life to your bowl by adding fruit and making it a cool fruit bowl! Nothing screams summer more than fresh produce! Plus, this could help encourage your family to snack on the fruit and less likely to waste it. Don’t you just love décor that’s actually functional? Plus, fruit is pretty and colorful! Shoutout to my Mama for this pic by the way!
DIY Some rag balls for your Dough Bowl
My DIY rag balls! These DIY rag balls are the perfect dough bowl filler! They easily add a fun shabby chic farmhouse feel to your decor too! I like DIYs like this where you can just eyeball your measurements and not stress about perfection. You know I love to wing it! Check out the full tutorial here! This DIY filler would work for other seasons too, but I picture red, white blue rag balls for the 4th of July! How cute?!
How to Decorate a Dough Bowl for Fall
Fill your Dough bowl with Pumpkins for the Fall Season
If you ask me, the only way to decorate your dough bowl for Fall is by filling it with pumpkins! Real or fake! It’s super easy and you can’t go wrong with pumpkins for fall! I usually fill mine with pumpkins after labor day and it takes me all the way to Thanksgiving!
Want more fall decor tips? Check out my tutorial here!
How to Decorate a Dough Bowl for Christmas
Fill your Dough Bowl with Ornaments for Christmas
Ornaments come in all shapes and sizes which make them the perfect Christmas dough bowl filler! However, learn from me and choose shatterproof ornaments. I lose a few of these glass ornaments each year when my nieces and nephews come over, but I can’t blame them since they are quite mesmerizing to look at.
I have more Christmas decorating tips here.
How to Decorate with a Dough Bowl
Okay so you now have a filled dough bowl, but where do you put the thing? They work great as a table centerpiece, perched on a window sill or even on your entryway or coffee table.
Share How you Decorate a Dough Bowl
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