DIY String Bowls

DIY String BowlsJune already!!  I know, I say that about every month (and I say THAT after I say that about every month), but it’s seriously insane how we’re already fast approaching the half-way point of this year.  Thinking about it that way really puts into focus how fast time is flying, right?

So with summer here (according to the solstice it isn’t officially summer, but to me, my first day back at the beach for the year marks the beginning of summer) I’ve got a bunch of fun, summer DIYs lined up,  starting with this one.  I came across this tutorial for making string bowls at Laughing Kids Learn and while it’s aimed at kids, I think this is a lot of fun for anyone to do.  Plus, it’s super easy and doesn’t require a lot of materials.  Win win win.

Materials:
Plastic wrap
Bowl
Jute twine
Mod Podge
Foam brush or bristle brush
Spray paint

Plastic Wrap PrepI recommend wearing gloves if you want to get hands-in with the string and possibly adjust it after you’ve slathered it in glue.  First, wrap three layers of plastic wrap around a bowl.  I saw later that the extra layers really help with the removal process of the layer that comes in contact with the string.  Next, slather on Mod Podge over the plastic wrap.  This will help the string stick on to the bowl.

Gluing string

Coil the string until you make a small disc, then stick it on to the center of the bottom of the bowl.  Glob on Mod Podge over the disk, then continue wrapping the string around the bowl while globbing on more Mod Podge all over the string.  By globbing, I mean apply the Mod Podge generously!  Make sure not to wrap the string all the way to the edge of the bowl.  You’ll need this edge to grab onto in order to remove the bowl.

Final steps and painting string bowlLet the bowl dry completely, then pull down at the plastic wrap while holding the edge of the bowl to remove the string bowl, rotating it so that you pull at every edge and angle.  If I were to do this again, I’d probably spray a light coat of cooking spray on the bowl for easier removal, but you can do without it with just a little bit of patience.  Remove the plastic wrap, then tape on a design of your choice.  I kept it really simple and just spray painted the rims of the bowls, using painters tape and foil to cover the bottom of the bowl.

DIY String Bowl

String and glue.  Isn’t that neat?  The bowls are pretty flexible and warp under weight, but they’re still pretty sturdy and hold well.

How to make bowls with string

How to Make String BowlsAside from being functional, they make a cute, summery display when filled with fruit.  I can see myself also using the smallest one as a catch-all, though I already have a bunch around the apartment.  Having a container everywhere to throw random knick knacks into is my favorite way of “organizing”.

What do you think of these bowls?  What would you use them for?

Comments

  1. says

    How cool! I actually have a spool (if that’s what they’re called) of jute and have been trying to think of a way to use it. I may have to try this out. And loving the painted rims (especially since you’ve picked my 3 favorite colors, basically :) ).

  2. says

    I love Modge Podge, but I never considered using it like this. It is like paper mache, but so much better because it’s twine!

    • Amy says

      Thanks, Kait! It’s hard for me to remember, but I’d say I used less than half of the roll the jute comes in, meaning if you were to get a roll of it at Michaels let’s say, it should be more than enough to make three. Hope that helps at least a little!

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