Wooden bowl becomes bird feeder

Wooden bowl becomes bird feeder


Wooden bowls that are cracked  can be re-stabilized and depending on the usage, be sustained for the long haul. Give a wooden bowl with hairline cracks or splits a second life for reuse and strengthen it while you decorate it!

Years ago I was able to rescue a handcrafted wooden bowl that someone was discarding.

The bowl (artist unknown) had started to separate, and a crack was moving down the rim toward the center.

Since the craftsmanship was still stunning, I knew I could find a way to give it a second life, and perhaps it would find a home among some of my other upcycled belongings.

Decoupage & paper served as the stabilizers. Acrylic varnish sealed the entire decorated surface only within the open side and across the rim. I left the underside intact.

Eventually it found a home in a new location during mid-winter where, because of the frozen landscape, I temporarily nested it inside a tomato cage, perched and attached to the deck rail. Today it is a bird feeder, saved from the landfill and serving a purpose.


To begin the process, this image (below) shows some added ink and paint (from REUSE Center), over a textured surface. Image

Using cut-outs of shaped paper and paper scraps, I hand-stamped and glued them on individually to build up a total surface design.


I cut a wild grapevine, twisted and wrapped it around the bowl rim and secured it into place using various household clips. These clips held the ‘wreath’ together while a sealant compound dried it into placement. I didn’t use an epoxy glue because I wanted to be able to remove the wreath in the future and knew a sealant could be peeled away without leaving much trace damage.


Technique: If you are going to use stamps to decorate the paper scraps, always pre-decorate the paper before you glue it onto the surface that you are working with. I chose simple geometric shapes for paper cut-outs that create a patterned design. This reduced the time of the project as less measuring and detail trimming was needed. Less overall precision keeps the project more free-form and organic, and these shapes integrate and play off of one another.

The overall composition is made simple by choosing complementary and/or contrasting colors. My technique is a playful assembling with casual patterning – asymmetrical in nature.


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