How to Decorate A Dough Bowl for Spring: Simple Decor Ideas

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Dough bowls are such a versatile decor item & look great in so many spaces. Keep reading for my best simple tips to decorate a dough bowl for spring and Easter!

Dough bowls are one of my favorite decor accessories to use year round.  When it comes to spring and Easter decor, there are so many fun ways to decorate a dough bowl for spring!

In this post, we are going to look at different sizes and styles of dough bowls.  You’ll be able to take these simple ideas and tweak them to fit your own dough bowl and home style too!

One of my most frequently asked questions is where I store all of my décor.  You can find details about that over on this post.

At the same time, I should add that I don’t have just a ton of extra pieces.  (Okay, well, large pieces that is!  And even if you ask my husband…he would say that I have plenty of extra, but not an unreasonable amount, given that decorating is a big part of my job!!!).

Actually, I really love to keep my big pieces, such as dough bowls, always in rotation around our home.

For larger décor items, I like to invest in pieces that I can use in a variety of ways, in at least a few different rooms, and style differently for seasons.

One of my favorite kinds of all-season, all-purpose décor are vintage dough bowls!  There really are so many different and fun ways to style them, so let’s take a look at a few simple ways to decorate a dough bowl for spring!

How do you decorate a dough bowl?

First of all, it’s important to mention that dough bowls come in a variety of shapes, sizes, styles, and even color.  How you style your dough bowl depends a lot on the size and shape.

My large dough bowl is an antique.  My mom got it for me for Christmas several years ago and found it at an antique mall.

I also have a smaller, reproduction dough bowl.  It still has great patina and you can usually find reproduction bowls for a great price too.  I’ll link some favorite bowls in varying sizes and price points at the end of this post!

The most important thing to remember when you decorate a dough bowl for spring is size and scale.  You can take inspiration from any of the ideas below and tweak them to fit the size and scale of your own dough bowl.

If you don’t have a dough bowl, I’ll share some favorites with you in this post.  At the same time, you can often recreate the look with another large bowl too.  Make sure to shop your own home!

Now, let’s get to styling!

What do you put in a spring dough bowl?

There are some basics that I almost always use for spring and Easter dough bowl decorating. In fact, you’ll see repeated elements throughout these styles.

If you don’t have the items below, I recommending adding these budget-friendly 10 items to your Amazon shopping cart.  You can have some extra fun changing around your dough bowl this spring!

  1. Bunny figure or statue
  2. Faux eggs or egg gourds
  3. Green moss
  4. Old books (hit up the thrift store for these!)
  5. Fresh or faux plant
  6. Fresh or faux greenery
  7. Pretty planter
  8. Brown Kraft paper.(I always keep a roll handy to use for so many things!)
  9. Spring wreath
  10. Favorite vase

You can find 3 more quick and easy ideas to decorate a dough bowl for spring over on THIS POST!

Keep reading for some of my favorite and easiest ways to decorate dough bowls for spring!

How to Decorate A Dough Bowl for Spring: Simple Decor Ideas

How to Decorate a Dough Bowl for Spring with Bunnies

Can you really even have Easter and spring décor without bunnies?  No?  I didn’t think so either!

So let’s add some to those dough bowls!

This makes a great table centerpiece, but is also perfect for a coffee table or console table too!

Here are a few ways to add bunnies to your dough bowl:

Dough Bowl Decor with Bunnies Idea #1

First, line your dough bowl with some green moss.  I used this inexpensive live moss.  However, you could also use faux moss.  Spanish moss is another really pretty option!

Secondly, add one larger bunny or a grouping of 2 or 3 bunnies to the middle of your bowl.  Depending on the size of your bowl, add a couple of baby plants on each side of the bunnies.

Dough Bowl with Bunnies: Idea #2

First, add a vase of fresh eucalyptus and/or flowers to the center of your dough bowl.  You could use either faux or fresh greenery and flowers.

Next, consider using a pair of matching bunnies and add one to each side of the vase.

How easy is that?!

Dough Bowl with Bunnies: Idea #3

For a more asymmetrical look, start by adding a larger plant to your dough bowl, offset to the side.

Next, on the other side of your dough bowl, add either a larger single bunny or a grouping of smaller bunnies.

Pro Tip: If you have a plant that has tendrils, consider working a long tendril around the bunnies to pull it altogether.

This is a great way to utilize some of those indoor house plants and still add an Easter statement to your centerpiece!

Any of these bunny options could be altered, tweaked, and restyled in so many different ways.  These are a few of my favorite ways to decorate a dough bowl for spring with bunnies.  However, I’m always switching it up a little too and mix and matching the different pieces for a fresh look.!

How do you style a long dough bowl?

One thing I love about these bunny ideas to decorate a dough bowl for spring is that they work great in a long dough bowl.  Often, the long narrow dough bowls make perfect table centerpieces and can even be used on a mantel.

For a long dough bowl, take the same concepts and stretch them out in a linear style.  For example, instead of one larger bunny in the middle, line up a few smaller bunnies down the long dough bowl.

You will get the same effect but fill the length of the space.  At the same time, the depth of the smaller bunnies will fit in the more narrow dough bowl.

How to Decorate a Dough Bowl for Spring with Flowers

What can I put in the dough bowl on my dining room table?

Dough bowls are a great opportunity to take your flower arrangements to a whole new level!  This makes a gorgeous centerpiece for the dining room table or even a coffee table.

Anytime I’m working with flowers and greenery, I always like to think outside the box a little and use unique vessels to hold my arrangement.

Dough bowls may not be your first thought of a floral arrangement vessel, but they can actually work incredibly well and add so much character to your floral arrangement.

Decorate a Dough Bowl with Flowers: Idea #1

(If you are used to working with florals in your décor, you may feel more confident with this idea.)

First, use a shallow, plastic plant liner in the bottom of your dough bowl.

Secondly, inside the liner, place a piece of floral foam.  For fresh flowers, keep this soaked with water.  If you are doing faux stems, it is obviously a little easier!

Third, using the floral foam to anchor your flowers, build an arrangement.  There isn’t a “right” way, just keep playing with it until you love it.

Pro Tip: To cover the foam, I like to start with a base of greenery and then insert my flowers. 

For a dough bowl arrangement, this will work best as a low, flat floral arrangement (which is also great for a centerpiece!).

You’ll need to cut the stems as you go, keeping the blooms fairly tight together.  It’s important to make sure the foam is covered, as seeing that part isn’t quite as pretty.

Lastly, after making your arrangement, take some moss and cover around the plastic liner.

Decorate a Dough Bowl with Flowers: Idea #2

For a much more simple and budget-friendly way to style my dough bowl with spring flowers, I used these super realistic white, faux tulips

These tulips are so realistic and I have even used them in the same room as real tulips, with no one ever realizing there was a difference!  They are definitely worth investing in, as you can use them all season long and save them for next year!

I have several bunches of realistic faux tulips and I use them all throughout our home in the spring.

First, I lined up three vintage French canning jars in my dough bowl and added some water for a realistic touch.  Next, I made little arrangements with the faux tulips

Pro Tip: There is something about a collection that makes a statement and you simply can’t go wrong with a row of matching tulips arrangements in pretty jars!

This styling would work perfectly with mason jars too and you can find those at the dollar store.

You could also use vintage soda bottles lined up and a simple tulip stem in each one.

With florals, you can really go as big or as simple as your time and budget allow.  As much as I would love to make it to the store each weekend for a fresh bouquet of flowers, that doesn’t always happen.  Having some great faux options, like my favorite tulips, on hand is always nice.

I also use whatever is blooming around me.  Simple greenery from my yard or branches from our trees is a super budget-friendly (yay for free!) way to make arrangements too!

How to Decorate a Dough Bowl for Spring with Thrifted Books

I could have grouped this idea with the spring bunnies, but I wanted to go into more detail about using old books in dough bowls.

Actually, it is one of my very favorite ways to style a dough bowl.  I love the juxtaposition of the hard wood and paper pages.  At the same time, I also love the layered textures.

Mostly, I just love vintage books and am always looking for fun ways to style them.  You can see more book styling ideas here.

For spring, it can be fun to combine some vintage books with bunnies.  This is a great one to just play around with.  Depending on the size and shape of your dough bowl, you can come up with a lot of different ways to style it for spring!

Decorating a Dough Bowl for Spring with Books: Idea #1

First, I stacked deconstructed books in a random pattern around my dough bowl.

Pro Tip: If you don’t have deconstructed books, hit up your local thrift store and find some cheap paperback books.

I look for ones with the older-looking pages.  Gently tear the covers off and style away!  Since these books aren’t going to get read anyway, you’re really repurposing and recycling with a fun purpose!

Next, I placed one larger rabbit on top of my stack of deconstructed books.

I love how this particular bunny is laying down and it just seemed to fit nicely with the books.

Lastly, for a little extra touch, I snipped a few branches from my yard.  However, a few stems of faux eucalyptus would be pretty, too. The greenery helps soften it all up a bit!

Decorate a Dough Bowl for Spring with Books: Idea #2

A fun twist on this styling would be to use a collection of small bunnies and place on top of the books all around your dough bowl.

This would be a fun way to feature a special collection!

Placing them on the books helps to elevate the bunny so it can be seen and helps to visually fill the space.

What decorations can you put in a dough bowl?

Check out these posts for even more ideas to decorate a dough bowl:


In the meantime, consider taking one of these ideas and trying it in a basket, tray, or crate!  You can get the same effect and have a lot of fun creating with things you already own.  I always like to say to make sure and shop your own home first.  You may have a favorite bowl that could work perfectly with some of these styling ideas.

Wishing you a blessed day and a lot of fun creating something new and fresh in your home decor for spring!

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