Dollar Tree Bowl Furniture

6 Materials
50 Minutes

Today I am going to show you how to turn some bowls from the dollar store into a fabulous side table.

To get started, I grabbed five large bowls. I found them in the party section at Dollar Tree.  

Once I had my bowls, I took two of them and used my hot glue gun, as well as some superglue, and attached them together. I started by adding the superglue. 

As that was sitting for a moment, I added some hot glue to it.  

For the next two bowls, I wanted to do the same time but before I glued them together I wanted to add a little bit of weight to the bottom bowl. To do that, I poured some Plaster of Paris into the bowl first.  

Then I added water. The mix ended up being 2 parts Plaster of Paris to 1 part water.  

Once the water was added, I stirred it until it was a smooth texture and then let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes. 


After the mix had started to dry I glued the bowls together.  

I used my superglue and hot glue mixture again to adhere them together. 

While the mixture finished drying in the bowl, I grabbed a wood round I also found at the Dollar Tree and stained it using a rustic brown wood water-based stain.  

I used a disposable foam brush to put two coats of stain on the wood.  

After I put each coat on, I waited for a couple of minutes and then wiped it back.  

Once one side was done, I put two coats on the other side. 

Now that the Plaster of Paris was completely dry, I needed to attach the two sets of bowls. I used superglue and hot glue to attach them together.  

To add some texture to my new side table, I added some vinyl spackle all over the outside of the bowls. Don’t worry about making it super neat. You can make it a little messy, just add a lot of texture.  

Once the spackling was completely dry, I added my final bowl on top using the superglue and hot glue again. 

With the final bowl in place, I continued putting the spackle all over the outside of it as well. 

To finish off my new piece, I attached the wood round to the top of the bowls to create the tabletop. I used some E6000 and my glue gun with my gorilla glue sticks to make that happen.  

Here is the finished product. I'm very happy with how this side table turned out. I spent less than $15 on everything from the Dollar Tree - except the glue. I think it looks great in my living room as a little side table for guests when they're over to hold their beverages or as a piece of décor. 

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  • Lois Buchanan Lois Buchanan on May 25, 2022

    This would be such a great idea for outside! And you could spray paint the bowls before adding the top so its a pop of color. I have a four car car port I use for my patio!

  • Goosie Goosie on May 26, 2023

    this seems like a whole lot of trouble for a "not so pretty" piece...