How To Make Your Own Japanese Printed Bowls

diy japanese printed bowls

Japanese printed bowls are the perfect vessels to hold jewelry and other small trinkets. You can buy them at shops like Anthropologie and West Elm, but why not give it the old DIY try?      

 The author of my new favorite blog, The Lovely Drawer, shares how she created Japanese printed bowls by painting on different patterns. And they’re stunning! And the tutorial looks really easy! Visit The Lovely Drawer for the full how-to with step-by-step pictures! Continue Reading

How To Refinish Wooden Salad Bowls

refinish wooden bowls

Do you have any wooden salad bowls that look like they’ve seen their last day? I have a very large one that I was this close to tossing. I didn’t think there was a way to salvage it, but oh ho ho I was wrong!        

 Update your wooden bowls and utensils with this simple little 30 minute makeover! So easy and they look brand new. Visit Confessions of A New Old Homeowner to see exactly what you need to do it! Continue Reading

How to: Elegant (And Easy) Clay Leaf Bowls

Maybe it’s due to my Vermont roots, but I have a bit of a fascination with anything made to look like a leaf. So needless to say, I was pretty thrilled to run across this DIY clay leaf bowl project. And here’s the best part – these bowls only take a few minutes to make!   


They are made with air-dry clay, using real leaves to create a beautiful pressed pattern on the surface of the clay. Continue Reading

How To: Make a DIY Leather Bowl from Scraps!

created at: 03/29/2012

If you’ve seen those leather scrap bundles at your local craft store and have wondered what to do with them, wonder no more!  We’ve got a simple afternoon DIY project that will add a touch of rustic charm to your decor — for cheap!   


created at: 03/29/2012

Voila!  Look at that!  It’s an elegant/rustic/modern/awesome leather bowl.  Don’t you just want to make one right this minute?  I do!  Alicia from Dismount Creative has all the deets on how to transform a bag of miscellaneous leather scraps into a beautiful bowl — check out her post for a supply list and instructions! Continue Reading

How To: Make DIY Mod Storage Pods

created at: 05/10/2011

Every home needs a “landing strip”: that place near the door to put your keys, sunglasses, phone, mail, purses, things you need to take with you, and all the other important stuff that comes in and out of your home everyday. A basket is a great idea, or a storage bench, or a small shelf. 

OR…You could make these mod, space-y storage pods from a household staple! Guess what it is! 

Plastic cereal bowls. Bam. Continue Reading

DIY Nesting Felted Bowls.

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It’s incredible what a washing machine can do!

Ordinary knitted goodies, with their chains and geometry, become something different entirely with a run through the wash cycle. A wonderful case-in-point – these great felted nesting bowls.

felted bowls

“i decided to try to make a bowl using a hat pattern heather gave me a few years ago. after a couple of modifications and prototypes, i’ve come up with a really easy pattern for a felted bowl for beginning knitters, or those who are scared of circular needles, too!”

Check out the full how-to from painted fish studio. Continue Reading

New Life for Old LP

For a great recycling project, how about turning an old LP into a bowl? If you’ve already hauled your vinyl to the curb, don’t worry. Thrift stores and charity sales almost always have some records they need to get rid of.

What You Need

An old LP or two

An oven-proof bowl (I used stainless steel mixing bowls for this project)

Oven mitts



The Proceedure

1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.

2. Center your LP over the inverted bowl, as shown. Continue Reading