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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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Fall Leaf Bowl

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Sep 11, 2015 12:40:23 PM

Fall Leaf Bowl
The transition from summer to fall happens so fast. School starts, vacations are over and autumn arrives. Wardrobes change, calendars fill up and decorating colors go from cool tones to warm ones. If you’re not ready to think Halloween yet, try a leaf bowl for your sideboard or coffee table. The best part, you can make it yourself.

For this project you will need:

  • Leaves: fabric or paper leaves; if you use real leaves, make sure they’re freshly fallen; they won’t work if they’re too dry
  • Mod podge
  • Sponge brush
  • Bowl
  • Plastic wrap
  • Cooking oil spray

004-300Spray the outside of a round bottom bowl with the cooking spray and cover with plastic wrap so the leaves won’t stick to the dish.

Protect your work surface with wax paper. Apply a thick coat of Mod Podge to the right side of the leaf and lay it on the bowl,

I used fabric leaves (I liked the glittery look). I removed the plastic veins from my leaves to make them more pliable. Continue adding leaves until the entire bowl is covered.

Paint another coat of Mod Podge over the leaves. Allow to dry overnight (it might take longer to dry depending on the humidity). When it’s completely dry, remove the leaves by gently pulling the plastic wrap away from the bowl.

Note: some of the plastic wrap stuck to the inside of my bowl. Instead of risking the chance of ruining it, I simply added more of Mod Podge. Paint another coat on the inside even if the plastic comes off. It will give the bowl more stability. Allow to dry before using.

It turned out so cute, I can use it through Thanksgiving!

Topics: fall decorating, Merri Cvetan, home decor expert Merri Cvetan, fall decor, DIY fall decor

  • Fall Leaf Bowl

    If you’re not ready to think Halloween yet, try a leaf bowl for your sideboard or coffee table. The best part, you can make it yourself.

  • Fall Leaf Bowl

    For this project you will need: Leaves: fabric or paper leaves; if you use real leaves, make sure they’re freshly fallen; they won’t work if they’re too dry, Mod podge, a sponge brush, bowl, plastic wrap, and cooking oil spray.

  • Fall Leaf Bowl

    Spray the outside of a round bottom bowl with the cooking spray and cover with plastic wrap so the leaves won’t stick to the dish.

  • Fall Leaf Bowl

    Protect your work surface with wax paper. Apply a thick coat of Mod Podge to the right side of the leaf and lay it on the bowl, I used fabric leaves (I liked the glittery look). I removed the plastic veins from my leaves to make them more pliable. Continue adding leaves until the entire bowl is covered.

  • Fall Leaf Bowl
    Paint another coat of Mod Podge over the leaves. Allow to dry overnight (it might take longer to dry depending on the humidity).
  • Fall Leaf Bowl

    When it’s completely dry, remove the leaves by gently pulling the plastic wrap away from the bowl.

  • Fall Leaf Bowl

    Note: some of the plastic wrap stuck to the inside of my bowl. Instead of risking the chance of ruining it, I simply added more of Mod Podge. Paint another coat on the inside even if the plastic comes off. It will give the bowl more stability. Allow to dry before using.