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25 September, 2015

How to Create a Fall Dough Bowl in Three Easy Steps

Yaay! It’s officially fall and I am finally getting a little decorating done! I always like to start with a very special favorite of mine…my grandmother’s dough bowl…and this year is no different! However, this time I thought I would share my thought process with you, too, including a little secret that is always at the bottom of the bowl!

And here it is…so easy that I am almost embarrassed to call it a decorating secret…start with a layer of dried beans! They serve as an anchor and, in the case of my dough bowl, give me a level surface to work with. That way, nothing gets lost in the deeper part of the bowl.

Next, I layer in the leaves and berries. The stems can be hidden in the beans and are out of the way. If you are opting to add candles, this would also be the point at which you would add them. The beans anchor them and keep them stable.

Finally, add the pumpkins and gourds or other natural elements that you are using, such as pine cones or acorns. You can also fill in with a few extra leaves or berries where needed.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT How to Create a Fall Dough Bowl And here you have it! This year I found a wonderful little green pumpkin to be the star since the rest of my fall decor will center on orange and green as well.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pottery Barn Inspired Fall Dough BowlAnd just in case you need a little more fall inspiration, here are a few arrangements from previous years, such as my POTTERY BARN INSPIRED FALL DOUGH BOWL, using birch-look candles and pine cones.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Fall Dough Bowl 2012And here’s one of my favorites…my PUMPKINS AND BITTERSWEET FALL DOUGH BOWL. I just love the look of long-stemmed pumpkins!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Simple Fall Dough Bowl 2009But if you like the look of the softer side of fall, here’s my SIMPLE POTTERY BARN INSPIRED FALL DOUGH BOWL…white candles and pumpkins nestled on a bed of dried beans!

Kitty And Miss Kitty says to stay tuned because I found some cute little burlap pumpkins and I can’t wait to show you what I am doing with them!

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  1. Dried bean in the dough bowl is something I hadn't thought of. thanks for the inspiration..

  2. I love your dough bowl and keep thinking one of these days I will find one I love AND can afford!!

  3. Debbie, thanks for the tips. Great idea to use the beans as an anchor. I plan to add some fall to my dough bowl this weekend.

  4. Thanks Debbie you always have lovely decorations to inspire.

  5. This is so beautiful! I hope you shared it at my Thursday hop xo

  6. What a great idea to use dried beans! I've always used scrunched up newspaper or paper towels in the bottom of bowl arrangements but it never worked very well to secure things. I'll definitely be trying this idea out. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Debbie,
    LOVE the use of "beans" in your dough bowl, dear friend!!!
    I did something similar with my spiral twigs for my Autumnal Centerpiece!!!
    Always wonderful to see your easy~to~follow tutorials. . .
    as well as a member of your Staff!!!
    Give my best to Miss Kitty!!!

  8. Great Post- I love sharing this kind of idea-and convincing others that it really is so easy...MAKING PRETTY. I often think the most dramatic creations are the simplest. and whenever possible I try to transition the fall look into Christmas..removing almost blatant FALL accents and filling in with a little shimmer and shine or the Christmas colors..sometimes it's taking out a pumpkin and replacing it with Candles..or ornaments..E A S Y ..thanks for reminding us it does not have to be expensive or difficult!

  9. Wouldn't coffee beans be nice to use as a base? Color is a rich brown and would smell good too!

  10. Made me want to look for a dough bowl someplace other than Pottery Barn. I always keep my eyes open in antique stores but have only found ones that are way to big. So happy day - I just found one on eBay which is the right size and is sold with a naturally shed deer antler. Yikes. So excited to try this centerpiece though :)

  11. Great post and tips for styling a dough bowl. Thank you for giving me permission to use a pic of your dough bowl. You can read all about how I made a knock off dough bowl on my blog. :-)

  12. Great tips for styling a dough bowl..I have my mother-in-laws old dough bowl

  13. Do the real pumpkins stay good through the fall season?


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