How to Create a Rustic Dough Bowl With Joint Compound and a Globe

3 Materials
2 Hours
Wood dough bowls are one of those vintage staples that can fit into many decorating styles and be filled with a variety of things. I always love seeing how much character and patina they have from years of use. Real ones are expensive, though. And while there are many resin reproductions to buy, they aren't much cheaper. As I'm always on the lookout for a unique and inexpensive DIY project, I decided to try my hand at creating my own faux reproduction dough bowl. And I must say that it turned out pretty realistic looking! A full tutorial along with in-depth instructions are creating this yourself can be found on my blog.
You can create a rustic DIY dough bowl that rivals the quality of any reproduction treen ware that you can buy and it really isn't that difficult.
The base for this dough bowl was a Goodwill globe that I took apart and cut in half. You can use just about anything as a base, though. Try a plastic bowl or a container!
The bowl gets covered with a couple coats of joint compound on both sides of the base. (This can be purchased at the hardware store.) Do not make it smooth because those ridges are what will create your "wood grain" later on.
Check out the realistic wood texture that you can create with the joint compound. And after it is painted and coated with antiquing wax, the "wood grain" shows through!
Once in awhile the joint compound will crack as it dries. You can fill these cracks with more compound. Occasionally I like to leave a few to resemble what can form in real wood bowls.
So what do you think? Is my DIY bowl realistic looking? And more importantly, is this a project you'd try yourself?

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

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  • Debi O'Brien Debi O'Brien on Sep 27, 2018

    I have 2 questions, one how long does it take the joint compound to dry second, will it hold water?

  • Jamie Jamie on Sep 30, 2018

    Is it food safe? I see you have apples in it, or are they fake?

  • Mo Foley Mo Foley on Nov 10, 2018

    Can you place plants as in a dish design ?


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  • Mo Foley Mo Foley on Nov 10, 2018

    sound quick and easy-I cant wait to try it!

  • No Touching No Touching on Nov 17, 2018

    I love the look of this. Adding some Plaster of Paris to the joint compound will help strengthen it so it won't be as vulnerable to dents.