We Used Two IKEA Bowls to Create This Gorgeous Design Piece

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A decorative plaster bowl is a gorgeous way to add texture and depth to your shelves and tables. Luckily, you don't have to spend big bucks on this design-worthy piece. This DIY project shows how to easily make your own using two IKEA bowls and Plaster of Paris, a staple in the art world.

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If you haven't used plaster before as a medium, you will quickly fall in love. Adding a layer of this material to a porcelain bowl gives it a sculptural look and feel.

Things You'll Need

Before you begin, cover the surface where you'll be working with a piece of cardboard or a plastic cover sheet.

Step 1

Prep the bowls by lightly sanding the outside of them with a sanding block.

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Step 2

Using super glue, adhere the bottom of each bowl together.

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Step 3

Add some plaster to a disposable container. Add enough water to get a thick cake batter consistency.

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Step 4

Apply the plaster to the bowls using a putty knife.

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Step 5

Keep smoothing on the plaster. You can keep the plaster looking rough or continue to smooth and thin using the putty knife and your hands. (Be sure to wear disposable gloves if you use your hands.)

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Image Credit: Sara Albers
Image Credit: Sara Albers

Step 6

Lightly sand the bowl to smooth any overly rough edges.

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Step 7

Seal the plaster bowl with Mod Podge. Allow to dry.

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Image Credit: Sara Albers
Image Credit: Sara Albers

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Alice & Lois is a DIY and lifestyle blog where twin sisters Sara and Melissa share their inspiration, projects, connection and celebrate the good in life. They create inspiring posts centered around home, family, style and creativity, specializing in simple, yet sophisticated DIY projects. Sara and Melissa live in two very different places – Sara is in the heart of the midwest, Indianapolis and Melissa in the majestic ski town of Crested Butte, Colorado. Alice & Lois was named one of the Top 10 DIY and Decorating Blogs by the editors of Better Homes and Gardens in 2015 and 2016 and recently named one of the Top 30 DIY Blogs to Follow by Domino.

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