DIY Scallop Edge Bowl

4 Materials
4 Hours

I got this DIY idea from another blogger, and thought I would give it a try. It was fairly easy and they came out really pretty. Here is how I did it.

Materials Used for this Project…

DAS Modeling Clay

Spray Paint

Mod Podge (Glossy Finish)

Craft Paint

Paint Brushes

Gold Leaf Paint

Step 1, Roll Out the Modeling Clay….

You can start this project by rolling out the modeling clay with a rolling pin. I rolled mine out to my desired thickness and then used a bowl I had on hand to cut out a perfect circle.

Step 2, Drape and Shape

After the clay was cut out, I draped it over a jar that was the size of bowl I was looking for. It naturally makes a scallop edge once you do this. You just need to shape it a little to your liking. I was able to make 3 bowls with this package of clay. My third bowl was the thinnest of them all, but it still worked. Anyway, once the bowls are draped like this, you just need to shape them with your fingers as best as you can into the shape you want, and smooth out any imperfections and wrinkles. Note: I could have done a better job with this part, but they do look pretty good.

Step 3, Let dry Overnight…

I let mine dry over night on my kitchen counter, then took them outside by the pool to dry them even more in the sunlight.

Step 4, Sand…

Once dry, sand off any excess clay, and smooth out the edges using a piece of sand paper.

Step 5, Paint…

Next, I took my bowls outside and spray painted the inside white. I won’t be using these bowls to eat, so I wasn’t worried about the paint interacting with food. They are for decorative purposes only.

Once that dried, I took them inside, flipped them over and painted the outside. I did 2 navy, and 1 light blue using my craft paint. It took about 3 coats.

Lastly, I used my gold leaf paint to outline the edge. I used paint for this, only because I had some on hand. I use it to make my shells that I sell on Etsy. However, they also make gold leaf pens, and honestly that might have worked better as I had a little bit that dripped and ran a bit that I needed to correct.

Step 6, Mod Podge…

I used Gloss finish Mod Podge inside and out to give it a nice shiny surface. Again, I won’t be using these for food (although I believe they make food grade and dishwasher safe Mod Podge) so I wasn’t worried about contaminating any food with chemicals.

After I painted on the Mod Podge I brought them outside again to dry.

The Final Look of my DIY Scallop Edge Bowl…

Here they are. I think they came out so pretty! May not be perfect, but not bad for my first time doing ‘pottery’. LOL They look pretty in my home.

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  • App2046464 App2046464 on Mar 30, 2022

    I've seen videos on YouTube that show cement on a old towel draped over a bar stool. But I'm not sure if it would be too heavy for me to pick up. Lol. I like the clay better. Could you put a potted plant it it.?

  • Tam Tam on Mar 30, 2022

    Totally designer! Never worked with it decently durable? Like from usage of placing items in and out (keys, soaps, etc)

  • Kim33466997 Kim33466997 on Apr 03, 2022

    Could you put a stem pin holder in middle and fill with water to put fresh flowers?

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