How To Create A Spring And Summer Centerpiece With A Dough Bowl

Create this pretty dough bowl centerpiece for spring or summer with my easy tutorial.

How To Layer And Fill A Large Doughbowl || Worthing Court graphic.

No matter the season, I love, love, love to create all sorts of pretty arrangements in my dough bowl!  But…I also know how intimidating it can be to fill all that empty space.  For some crazy reason I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to pull it off when I tried it for the first time.  For this week’s edition of the Best Of Worthing Court, let’s take a look back at a “formula” that I created with lots of trial and error.

Dough Bowl Centerpiece

I was on the hunt for a wooden dough bowl for a long, long time.  Sure, they’re easy to find, but finding one at a price that I was willing to pay was a whole ‘nother story.  In addition to being budget friendly, I was on the lookout for one that was large, but not humongous and had a level bottom so that it wouldn’t tilt.

I had all sorts of visions of what I would fill it with.  But when it came time to actually fill it up, fear stepped in and froze me right up.  I couldn’t think of much else to do with it other than to fill it with twig and faux greenery orbs.  I moved it from place to place in my house, with those same ole greenery and twig orbs in it.  B-O-R-I-N-G!  Speaking of fear – why do we do that?  Why do we get so scared that we freeze up and wind up doing nothing?  Click HERE for tips on how get past that!

When I was putting the finishing touches on my dining room makeover, I decided to chase fear away and just go for it.  And you know what?  It wasn’t so hard and scary after all.

 

How to fill a dough bowl with layers of seasonal items on the dining room table.

I needed a centerpiece that would carry me through the summer, so keeping that in mind, I looked through my stash to see what I could find.  I turned all of this stuff…..

The items for the centerpiece laid out on the table with the dough bowl.

…..into this!  I played and messed around until I came up with a layered and texture filled summer arrangement that I loved.

Place dried hydrangeas in a dough bowl.

Adding a small birds nest and wooden orb.

A birds eye view of the centerpiece items in the dough bowl.

All it took was a little time and patience on my part.  And being in the right frame of mind helped too.  This graphic will show you exactly how I put all of layers together and will hopefully help you with your arrangements.  These same principles can be applied to any container, not just a dough bowl!

How To Fill A Large Dough Bowl - Step By Step diagram.

The “ingredients” in your dough bowl can easily be adjusted for the holiday or season.  Lesson Learned: Don’t let fear and indecision freeze you!

Summer dough bowl arrangement on the wooden table in the dining room.

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How to fill a large dough bowl with something besides candles or orbs. Step by step directions for how to fill it with layers and texture.

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45 Comments

  1. Lovely!!!! I just HAVE to find a dough bowl!!!

  2. Looks great! I love dough bowls.

  3. Pat Champagne says:

    Thank you for this tutorial, it just simplifies the whole process and gives me confidence.

  4. Jacki Salinas says:

    It’s beautiful! Thank you for the inspiration.

  5. Anne Marie says:

    Lovely arrangement – you are amazing. Where did you find the twig orb ? I really like it – it adds such a special touch to your dough bowl. Did I once see a larger twig orb sitting on your mantle ledge?? I cannot seem to find it now. I

    1. I think that I found the orb that you’re asking about at West Elm a few years ago. And yes, I also have a larger one that I’ve used on my hearth.
      Great memory! That one came from West Elm too. Sadly, I don’t think that they carry them anymore. 🙁

    2. I found the exact orb at kirklands recently. I believe I paid $10

  6. I just got a dough bowl so any ideas are welcome.

  7. Karen F-W says:

    Wonderful doughbowl display! The series of pictures to show the actual process is informational and supportive to those of us who are learners. Please consider dong more of these tutorials.

  8. nancy dempsey says:

    So pretty! I have a hard time with centerpieces and this post really helps. Thank you!

  9. Carol Elkins says:

    Beautiful!!! Thanks for the step by step instructions.

  10. Thanks for your help in putting together a centerpiece! I love how your dough bowl looks.

  11. I’ve also wanted a dough bowl for a long time … seeing how beautifully your arrangement is makes me want one all the more! The hunt is on! Thanks for the step-by-step instructions – so very helpful!

  12. I love spring & summer centerpieces! Thanks for the tips!!

  13. Beautiful! Thank you for the inspiration……

  14. mattsgramma says:

    Time to go antiquing and find a dough bowl!

  15. Great timing! I needed a idea for my dough bowl after putting away my Easter one. Very pretty!

  16. I found a dough bowl last fall and have put similar items in it! I love them and your ideas are great!

  17. I’ve been looking for an affordable dough bowl for quite some time now – where did you finally find one? Any suggestions? Thank you!

  18. KIMBERLY NADEAU says:

    My dough bowl has sat empty just waiting for me to come up with some idea. Thank you for the pictures. The layering effect makes sense. Thanks again!

  19. I would love to get a dough bowl!! Looks beautiful!

  20. Julie Briones says:

    I LOVE this! It helps in SO many layering projects! Thank you!

  21. Elizabeth Sotirion says:

    I don’t have a dough bowl but love the idea. I’m going to try this arrangement with a tray. Thank you for the inspiration!

  22. Sheila M. Philippi says:

    Love all the interesting, gathered items for your dough bowl. I’ll need to search my stash for my 2 dough bowls. So thankful I already have bowls.

  23. Great how to! I do feel like I can’t arrange flowers , and your mixed arrangements were an aspiration for me. Now I think I can do it! Would you do a flower arranging how to, as well?! Thank you!

  24. Jacy Cole says:

    I really like your arrangement! I’m hunting for a piece like this – now I’m even more inspired!! Thank you for the tips!

  25. I love this! It looks like you took a stroll through the woods gathering beautiful things along the way. Such a great idea. I think I remember seeing these bowls and will have to go hunting for them again!

  26. Elizabeth says:

    I have a dough bowl, but it is much narrower- thanks for the tip of Decor Steals. I love the hydrangeas, my problem is that I fuss too much and ruin the “natural” look! Good job!

  27. Dianne Lanier says:

    Gorgeous arrangement! Thanks for sharing.

  28. Cathy Lomedico-radlein says:

    Love your arrangement! It’s perfect for Spring. Can you suggest something other than a dough bowl to use. Thank you.

    1. Hi Cathy. I think that a rectangular shaped wicker tray or wooden box with sides would be a great substitute for a dough bowl!

  29. Your dough bowl arrangement looks nice. It complements the other nature-themed items in your dining room decor. I like how you mixed textures, shapes, and colors.

  30. I would love a dough bowl for our dining room table. Yours looks beautiful and I love the idea of switching the contents out for each season!

  31. This is very pretty and the graphics are a big help, thank you. Dough bowls reasonably priced around here were nowhere to be found. The ones at Pottery Barn were way too expensive. Luckily, the At Home stored open recently and you can get a decent sized one with a flat bottom for $20.00. Thank you for the inspiration!

  32. Very pretty arrangement. I love how all the disparate elements came together so harmoniously.

  33. It looks so beautiful! Decor arrangement are definitely something I’m not talented at, so any tips in this area are always so helpful! Thanks for linking up at the Home Matters Link Party! We hope to see you again next week:) #HomeMattersParty

  34. You make this look so easy and I always struggle with creating a centerpiece.
    Thanks for sharing on Oh My Heartsie Girl!
    Have a great weekend!

  35. Oh, Suzy, this is so elegant and beautiful. I love everything about it. Thanks so much for sharing at this week’s Project Inspired – have a lovely weekend!

  36. hazelruth1 says:

    HI – I got one of those dough boards and spent too much and it is too big. Very disappointed but I try anyway! It’s handy to have a turn on/off candle in it sometimes too. 🙂 God’s Blessings, miannie1@yahoo.com

  37. Thanks for step by step instructions for how you make arrangements. I love dough bowls. This one is unique.

  38. This is so pretty! Pinned & sharing Thanks for joining the Inspiration Spotlight party.

  39. I have my great great great grandmother’s dough bowl. It just sits in my cabinet. I love this idea and now I can display it to make it beautiful!!!

  40. Well done. The arrangement is organic and has lots of texture. Love it!

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