DIY Wood Dowel Bowl!

Nickell Morgan
by Nickell Morgan
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Create a beautiful statement piece with just a few dowels, wood glue, and paint!
First, you'll need some sort of bottle. Take a rubber band and wrap the bottle twice then start adding the wooden dowels. I used about 30. Make sure the dowels are close to each other leaving a small gap between the first and last dowel.
Next, gently twist the dowels so they spread apart evenly (you might have to manually adjust some). Place a candle lid (or anything else that could slightly elevate the bottle) under the bottle and push dowels down until they hit the surface. This will ensure all dowels are even.
Take wood glue and begin gluing the dowels together. I originally tried hot glue but that was an epic fail! I'd definitely recommend sticking with the wood glue. Let the glue dry overnight.
The next day, the dowel was stuck to the lid. If this is the case, gently pry apart the dowels from the candle lid with scissors. The rubber band was also stuck to the dowels. Peel apart as much as possible, sand it down, then use an xacto knife to pick apart the rubber band in the creases.
Remove the bottle and the dowels should hold their shape!
On a scrap piece of paper, trace the diameter of the bottle. This will help us create the base of the bowl.
Take a single dowel and place it at the edge of the circle and mark it with a pencil. Take the utility knife and glide the dowel back and forth until it leaves a deep impression. Snap the dowel along the impression and sand down the sharp ends. Repeat until you create the base.
Place the cut dowels on the paper to ensure they are the same size as the circle you drew. Glue with wood glue. Let it dry overnight.
To glue the base in the bowl, I stuck a candle holder inside the vase, propped the base on top, then gently moved the entire bowl. Glue down and let dry overnight. You can leave the bowl the natural wood color or paint it like I have done.
Suggested materials:
  • Wood Dowels   (Amazon but Michaels should have it, too!)
  • Bottle
  • Candle Lid (or anything to prop up the dowels)
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  • M. M.. M. M.. on Apr 07, 2017
    Why not wrap the jar that the dowels are going to be glued around with waxed paper? It's easier to remove later, even with glue globs..

  • Jenny Jenny on Oct 26, 2021

    Looks amazing! Even just used as a piece of artwork or maybe a battery candle? I love it! Thanks for sharing 😊

  • Sue c. Sue c. on Oct 05, 2022

    Imagine my surprise when I tried to subscribe to your youtube!! I was already subscribed under my nom deplume. You and I go way back! Such talent you have. Keep up the great work.

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