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It’s the second edition of the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge for 2017. As a quick reminder, we each take a secondhand item, and upcycle into something new and fresh for the home. You can really find so many treasures in a thrift store — and the affordable price point gives you freedom to be creative! This month, I’m showing you how to give a basic wood bowl a custom look. There are 30 bloggers participating, so you will have plenty of inspiration for your next visit to a thrift store.
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
Meet the Hosts
Amanda | The Kolb Corner Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles Kim | Made in a Day
Dru | Polka Dot Poplars Erlene | My Pinterventures Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek
Shirley | Intelligent Domestications Debra | Shoppe No. 5 Marie | DIY Adulation
Chelsea | The Johnsons Plus Dog Jes | My DIY Envy Lindsay | Crazy Organized
Molly | Just a Little Creativity Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods Kimm | Reinvented
Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay Sue | A Purdy Little House Sara | Twelve on Main
Claire | Pillar Box Blue Chelc | Inside the Fox Den Kim | Farmhouse Made
Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled Michelle | Our Crafty Mom Pili | Sweet Things
Sherry | Savvy Apron Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod Lora | Craftivity Designs
Megan | C’mon Get Crafty Denise | My Thrifty House Toni | Small Home Soul
Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
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What are your favorite items to collect at a thrift store? I’m a sucker for baskets, vintage art, and decorative bowls — to name a few. This black wooden bowl was one of those finds — and it has been handy to hold crayons, puzzle pieces, and more. It doesn’t have much personality, though, and I was ready to give it a more custom look.
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Supplies: DIY Tribal Wood Bowl
Instructions: DIY Tribal Wood Bowl
Step 1: Start by giving the bowl a quick wipe-down, making sure to remove dust and residue from the surface of the bowl.
Step 2: Settle on the tribal, or geometric design, you want to create. I liked a mix of lines, angles, and circles. My camera broke in the middle of this project, so I don’t have in-process shots, but I’ll do my best to explain.
Step 3: Begin by drawing lines with a chalk marker. I love Super Chalk Markers and have used them for several projects including an Aztec Console Table and a Prayer Chalkboard. I drew lines from the base of the bowl to the top edge, each approximately 1.5″ apart. I did not measure. To me, the imperfection of a hand drawn tribal design is part of the appeal.
Step 4: After I completed each line, I drew the angles to create a “fishbone” effect on the line.
Step 5: Next, I added rows of circles between each “fishbone” line. They looked busy, so I colored them in and made solid circles.
Step 6: At the end of each circle row, I added either a plus sign or solid triangle.
I should note, I was really making this up as I went. There is no reason to overthink a craft project, like this tribal bowl. Be creative!
Step 7: To highlight the shape of the bowl, I outlined the upper rim and the pedestal base.
Step 8: Finally, to accent the pedestal, I added alternating arrows and dots on the base.
Step 9: In order to protect the chalk lines, apply a light coat of Clear Spray onto the finished bowl.
And now for more thrifty goodness!
Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!