Grab Some Plastic Bowls to Make This Extraordinary Side Table!

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I found some plastic bowls lying around my house and I thought what could I do with these and this is what I came up with. Hope people like what they see. What inspired me was glamorous vintage looking side tables that I’ve seen in hotels, home magazines and antique stores. If you have ago at creating one I would love to see it. Post your photos in the comments below.

What you will need

  • 12 plastic bowls
  • 1 dinner plate
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Rope
  • Rustoleum spray paint in gold
  • Wicker tray
  • Gold and black faux petals

I decided to use 12 plastic bowls to create the height of the table as there quite small but you don't need as many using bigger ones to create this.

Firstly, I used a hot glue gun to assemble the bowls together as there only plastic and using hot glue works well at bonding with plastic together. However with ceramic bowls you will need a much stronger glue for the certain material the bowls are made out of. I would also add some stones or something with weight inside the bottom bowl to add support if you were going to use glass or ceramic bowls.

Next, I glued the bowls together in pairs which created orb like shapes and then glued the paired bowls on top of each other to get the height of the table I wanted.

I found this rope and used it to wrap around the joins of the paired bowls so you couldn't see any excess glue. You could use anything you wanted like ribbon for example.

This is what I ended up with after gluing them all together. I also found an old plate I then glued on top to create the table-top.

This is the spray paint I recommend on using. I really love this brand. It always give me great coverage and dries quickly. You can get it from many diy shops.

This is the finished product. I really like how the gold gives it a really nice glamourous look to it. You could different sized plates and bowls to get different looks.

Improving This diy

I came across this basket-like tray and decided I'm going to make this diy even better. I thought this could work perfectly as a base. So I glued this to the bottom of the bowls with a hot glue gun.

I spray painted the base to match everything else gold.

I also found these pretty faux rose petals that I thought would go perfectly around the bowls at the bottom of the base. I got these from eBay.


Here is my bowl table improved and looking it's best. I love this table and always looking to improve my diys how ever I can. Let me know your thoughts and opinions. Be sure to follow me on hometalk, Pinterest and Instagram to see even more diys.

Here’s another Idea I came up with using old bowls. Check my Instagram, Pinterest and hometalk for more diys.

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  • CoWanda CoWanda on Aug 26, 2021

    I will be trying this out very soon! Love the idea! I was looking for a small and tall table to add to a corner of the living room in my new house, and this will be perfect! Congrats, this DIY is a winner!! 😁

    • Thank you so much for the kind words! I love this table, it sits proudly in the corner of my dressing room. You could use big bowls and small ones to get different looks. Please post a photo on here after 😁 x

  • Patty Patty on Jul 21, 2023

    This turned out very impressive. It really looks nice in the corner. Great DIY.