How to Style Your Dough Bowl for Spring
One of my most frequently asked questions is where I store all of my décor. You can find a lot of details about that over on this post. I also like to follow that up with the fact that I don’t have just a ton of extra pieces, well, large pieces that is (And even if you ask my husband…he would say that I have a lot of extra, but not a ton!). I really love to keep my big pieces, such as dough bowls, always in rotation.
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 spring and Easter ideas!
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!
Now, let’s get to styling!
Spring Bunny Dough Bowl Styling
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:
Line your dough bowl with some green moss. I used this inexpensive live moss but you could also use faux moss. Spanish moss is another really pretty option!
Next, 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.
Add a vase of fresh eucalyptus and/or flowers to the center of your dowl bowl. Consider using a pair of matching bunnies and add one to each side of the vase.
For a more asymmetrical look, add a larger plant to your dough bowl, offset to the side. On the other side of your dough bowl, add either a larger single bunny or a grouping of smaller bunnies. 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 favorites, but I’m always switching it up a little too!
Spring Flowers Dough Bowl Styling
Dough bowls are a great opportunity to take your flower arrangements to a whole new level! 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!
(If you are used to working with florals in your décor, you may feel more confident with this idea.)
Use a shallow, plastic plant liner in the bottom of your dough bowl. 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! 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. 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 is important to make sure the foam is covered, as seeing that part isn’t quite as pretty.
After making your arrangement, take some moss and cover around the plastic liner.
For a much more simple and budget-friendly way to style my dough bowl with spring flowers, I used these white, faux tulips. They 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 bunces and I use them all throughout our home in the spring.
I lined up three French canning jars in my dough bowl and added some water for a realistic touch. Next, I made little arrangements with the faux tulips. 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!
It would also be so pretty with 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 faux options 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 way to make arrangements too!
Books and Bunnies Dough Bowl Styling
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. It is one of my very favorite ways to style a dough bowl. I love the juxtaposition of the hard wood and paper pages. 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, I like to combine some vintage books with bunnies! This is a fun one to play around with and depending on the size and shape of your dough bowl, you can come up with a lot of different ways to style it!
For my dough bowl, I stacked deconstructed books in a random pattern around my dough bowl. 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. Rip the covers off and style away!
On top of my deconstructed books, I placed one larger rabbit. I love how this one is laying down and it just seemed to fit nicely with the books. For a little extra touch, I snipped a few branches from my yard, but a few stems of faux eucalyptus would be pretty, too. The greenery helps soften it all up a bit!
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.
If you don’t have a dough bowl, I highly recommend putting this on your wish list for home décor. There are so many great and affordable options out there. Whether it’s new or old, large or small, oval or round, you can have a lot of fun styling up your dough bowl for the spring season!
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!
Wishing you a blessed day and a lot of fun creating something new for spring!