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Wooden dough bowls are so beautiful and they can be so versatile to decorate with. This week I joined up with a talented group of ladies to do a dough bowl styling challenge! It was so much fun and I have linked each one of them below. Please check them out, they are so creative!

Danielle at Faith and Farmhouse Blog

Kimberly at From Farmhouse to Florida

Stephanie at Gathered in the Kitchen

Susan at Hen and Horse

Regina at Saved from Salvage

Suzanne at Shop at Blu

Tammy at White Lilac Farmhouse

Linda at Bushel and a Pickle

The Dough Bowl

There are so many choices when it comes to dough bowls – long, short, plain, carved, painted, etc. There are even dough bowls filled with wax and make the most lovely candles. Below is the one I got. To be very honest, I was searching for a plain one but I had to purchase one that could arrive in time for the challenge so this one was the best choice. I was apprehensive but when it arrived, I fell in love. It is exquisite. The workmanship is beautiful and so well done. Here is a link if you are interested in learning more about it.

Here are a few others to show you the variety available. Each photo is clickable and will link you directly to the product.

Day 1 – The Kitchen

One would expect to decorate a dough bowl in kitchen with kitchen type products, fruits, utensils, etc. Many of the ladies in the group did and they looked so beautiful. So many of them looked like they could be in a magazine! I went a completely different route. I created a vignette with bright green trees, real moss, Dollar Store reindeer with cute pine cone tails and a light dusting of snow.

First, because the trees are living, I lined the base of the bowl with plastic wrap.

Next, I placed the trees in.

Then I laid in black rocks that I use in the base of lanterns to provide good drainage as I needed to water the moss and trees to keep them healthy.

We are fortunate to have walls of rock covered in moss so I just took a quick stroll and got a bag full of moss. In case you are worried about the moss, after I was finished with this, I returned it to rocks and I am sure it will be fine.

I brought the moss right up to the trunk of the trees as I wanted to fully cover the pots.

I added in the reindeer I found at the Dollar Store and made a bow out of burlap ribbon I had.

Then I gave it a sprinkling of flaked, glittery snow. I surrounded it with boughs of cedar, large pine cones and “Tree Farm” candles that smell heavenly.

Are those pine cone tails not the cutest?

The green, red, and black color scheme is carried throughout my kitchen along with rustic elements like a pine cone garland, mason jar candles, tin tray (similar to), wood cook book stand, tiered tray and sweet plaid tea towels. Just click any of the items above and you will be taken directly to the product if you are interested.

Day 2 – The Dining Room

I have a secret obsession and it is miniature Christmas houses. I have not counted how many I have but I would say I probably have around 50. To be fair, my mom gave me many of hers so that explains part of the over indulgence. I don’t have anywhere to display them so I try to work them in here and there. When considering a dough bowl in the dining room, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to make a table center with a house or two. I settled on an ornate old style house with glass greenhouse style rooms on the top floor. A little pond with a bridge with a bare birch tree and the table center was complete.

Transitioning from the tree scene to this one required me removing the reindeer, moss and trees. I then folded up extra placemats I had as they fit perfectly into the dough bowl and provided a flat surface over top of the rocks. I then added fluffy snow and once the house, pond and tree were in place, I sprinkled it with the flaked snow.

The next day, for fun, I swapped out the house and replaced it with a tree house where Santa and an elf are enjoying a meal. Can you imagine children sitting at this table? I know if I was young I would be peering into every window and soaking up all the details. This would have been a delightful experience!

As for the rest of the table…I opted for heavy red placemats with a reindeer design, simple ivory dishes, cedar boughs, mason jar candles, twinkle lights and pine cones.

The chandelier seemed to not be tying in with the overall look, so I draped some cedar boughs and suddenly it all came together.

In the background you can see my china buffet with an old french door on it side, candleholders, a rustic sign, a pom pom garland, vintage glass sleigh and more greenery.

Day 3 – The Entry

For the entry, I decided to take it outside, rather than inside. I wanted something that would greet our guests with soft light and shiny babbles. At first, I tried red ornaments, but I remembered this beautiful collection I had of various shade of blue ornaments and I thought they would play off of the gorgeous wood tones beautifully.

To transition from the previous design, I had to remove all of the rocks as they did not provide a good base for the candles. My husband cut a piece of cardboard so that the candles would be a little elevated off of the bottom of the bowl.

I placed battery operated candles that I had recently purchased into the bowl in a staggered fashion. I am a fan of real candles but over Halloween we had a few “real candle” issues. In one spot they dripped down over our living room cabinets, down the face and onto the floor. In another area they dripped down candleholders onto the floor. Thankfully my husband is patient and meticulous as he cleaned them up so well you could never tell there was a problem.

After all of that, I decided I needed to invest in battery operated candles. If you haven’t ever had them, give them some consideration. Here is a link for the pillar candles in the photo and some long, narrow tapered ones for candlesticks. I have both and I whole heartedly recommend them. They are operated by a remote (which is fabulous when they are on high shelves so you don’t have to climb a ladder to light and blow the out) and they even have a flicker feature!

Once the candles were placed, I added the largest ornaments first, then filled in with medium sized ones and finished off with the smallest. I worked and re-worked the configuration until it seemed just right.

I love how they reflect, glitter and move with the candles.

Day 4 – The Coffee Table

Like my Christmas houses, I also have these two carved wooden snow people…haha one is a snowman but the other is a snow mommy and she has her baby in her lap. They never miss a Christmas with us and are always in a well viewed spot. I thought they would be perfect on our coffee table (really it is a large ottoman) with the tree and fireplace in the background.

This was a simple transition as I removed the ornaments and candles, put the snow back in, and placed the snow family and a couple of bottle brush trees. A candle in front of the dough bowl acted as the snow family’s “bonfire”. At the end of this section is a video and I love how the candlelight glints off of everything and truly looks like a little fire.

Snow daddy is ready to start a snowball fight!

Is she not looking at her little snow baby with such love?

How much fun, it even snowed on our sweet little snow family.

I tried to find my snow family, but couldn’t but I did find these two which are from the same collection as the snowman.

Day 5 – Designer’s Choice: Guest Bedroom

To wrap up this week, we got to choose what room to put the dough bowl in and then decorate. I decided on the Guest Bedroom. I thought it would be fun to treat the dough bowl as almost a gift basket base with all sorts of fun treats for the times that the guests are away from the main part of the house. Tea, hot chocolate, wine, biscotti, chocolates, Canasta playing cards, scented body lotion, warm slipper socks, and even a word seeker book!

If you have a guest room, maybe give this a try. I bet your guests would absolutely love it!

In conclusion…

The one thing that really springs to mind is that dough bowls are very versatile and can be used for so many different things. They are unique and add warm tones and natural features to your decor. Now that I am a newbie dough bowl owner, I am thrilled and may purchase a white one…or maybe a heart one…or maybe a candle one! Hahaha!

If you liked this, you may also like this…

Did you see my recent Christmas wreath alternative, where I made a beautiful old world Santa hat, stuffed it with evergreens and hung it on our front door? If not click here to see the post.

Christmas Wreath Alternative

Or how about this winter scene I painted on a mirror? It is easier than you could ever imagine. Click here for the link.

Winter scene painted on a mirro

Wishing you a most wonderful day!

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  • Tammy
    December 4, 2021

    Crystal, I loved all of your dough bowl ideas. Can I be a guest at your home? That dough bowl for the guest bedroom was amazing! Everyone will want to stay at your home for the holidays. I think this would make a wonderful Christmas present for someone special.

    • Crystal
      December 4, 2021

      Thank you so very much Tammy! I was thinking the same thing about it being a gift! It has been so much fun hopping along with you!

  • Danielle
    December 4, 2021

    These are all great ways to use a dough bowl! I just love those living trees!

    • Crystal
      December 4, 2021

      They are so lovely. I spotted them at a nursery back in September and knew I had to have them for Christmas!

  • Bentley
    December 4, 2021

    Loved them all! I think the living room one was my favorite. So many good ideas 🧑‍🎄

    • Crystal
      December 4, 2021

      Thank you very much!!! I like it that the snow family was your favorite!

  • Sue at Blu
    December 4, 2021

    Crystal, your kitchen dough bowl has my heart aflutter with those darling little trees. Are they a cypress or a small boxwood? I NEED SOME! …my husband thanks you!

    • Crystal
      December 4, 2021

      Sue thank you so much for your lovely comment. The trees are cypress trees and I am in love with them too!!!

  • Linda+Johnston
    December 4, 2021

    Crystal, I love your coffee table dough bowl! I am going to copy it in my living room window with the extra deep sill. I think the grandkids will love it too!

    • Crystal
      December 4, 2021

      That makes me so happy Linda!!! I hope they love it! It was lovely hopping along with you!

  • Joan Nio
    December 6, 2021

    I usually don’t click on most posts, but I’m happy I did on this one. I love your decor! I wish I had your talent. It’s simple and elegant.
    I look forward to seeing more of your creations.


    • Crystal
      December 6, 2021

      Hello Joan – oh my do I ever love your comment! I feel so blessed that you took a chance on me. Thank you so much for your kind comments! I have all sorts of things planned so I hope that you keep enjoying them!

  • Dee
    November 25, 2023

    Very talented lady! Thank you.

    • Crystal
      November 25, 2023

      Thank you so very much Dee!