7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips - Day Six - Upcycled Bowl

Oh my goodness you guys, I'm so sorry I'm late with this post today!

I went to my parent's house yesterday to work on the motorhome (we've decided to name her Bertha 😁) and since it's hot outside, as you can imagine it's even hotter inside Bertha. I felt fine while I was working on her but by the time I got home and showered I felt like crap... nauseous and just tired... maybe a little bit of heat exhaustion?? Not sure but I just didn't have it in me to get this done and posted.

So, without making you wait any more... it's time for day six's project of 7 days of thrift shop flips.

I've had this thrifted bowl for quite some time. I've thought about getting rid of it several times but I just kept hanging on to it for some reason!

You'll have no trouble finding an assortment of wooden bowls if you want to try this project, they seem to be a thrift store staple!

upcycled bowl supplies

7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips

I don't know if you've seen the wooden bowls that have a pretty pattern INSIDE the bowl, I've seen a lot of them at TJ Maxx lately and I just love the look!

That's what I wanted to try and recreate with this bowl.

wooden bowl

I decided to try "napkin decoupage" to achieve this look. I had these cute little napkins already.

To decoupage using napkins you need to separate the laters of the napkin and you'll use ONLY the top layer that has the design.

Separate layers of napkin

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You'll also need decoupage medium, Mod Podge is my choice. Put a layer of it in the bottom of the bowl with a sponge brush. You'll need to work quickly because this stuff dries fast.


Then lay the napkin on top and brush over the top of it with the sponge brush and some more decoupage medium. Be careful with this step, if you go over one spot too many times or press a little too hard, the napkin will tear. Just go over it quickly to get all the air bubbles out from under the napkin.

napkin decoupage

Add pieces of the napkin to the sides, overlapping a little bit using the same process. Here is what it looked like when I was done.

I wish it was a little less wrinkly and more smooth but this is what happens when you decoupage a curved object I guess!

napkin decoupage close up

I painted the outside of the bowl baby pink and distressed it once it was dry. Then I added little wooden ball feet with E-6000 glue.

bowl feet

Even though the inside didn't turn out quite like I wanted, I still really like the result.

upcycled bowl with napkin decoupage

It has a rustic feel to it I think.

upcycled wooden bowl

You can't serve food in this anymore... unless it's just to use it as a fruit bowl, but there are lots of other uses for a bowl! Candy, keys and wallet, remote controls, etc.

painted and decoupaged wooden bowl

upcycled bowl

What do you think of this project, have you ever tried napkin decoupage?

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