Filling My Dough Bowl

I love the look of a dough bowl.  I ordered the extra large one from Ballard Design.  It is almost 4 feet long and is really deep.  I am very happy with it because I have a huge dining room table so I needed something large.  However, it can be really hard to come up with ideas on how to fill it.  Let’s be honest, you can’t just throw some acorns and leaves in there and call it a day.  This takes some thought and a whole bunch of filler and pretty supplies.

There are numerous ways you can decorate the bowl for the fall.  I am really into the white pumpkins and the neutral look right now so I thought I would use those to create my look.  I already had a couple of artificial white pumpkins so I just needed to buy the real ones and some neutral greenery.

Start with the Filler

Pinecone fillers
Pinecones make a great filler for vases and dough bowls.

There are several things you can use as fillers, but I chose to use pinecones.  Lots and lots of pinecones.  To build up the bottom, I needed the pinecones to make my pumpkins stick up above the sides of the bowl.  You could also use balled up tissue paper or newspaper as long as it won’t be seen from your arrangement.  If you don’t use fillers then you will be purchasing way too much of the pretty “stuff” for your bowl and that can get quite pricey.

Place the pinecones in the bottom of your bowl.

Next, wash all your pumpkins or any other vegetables you will be using.  Since you’re not eating them they don’t have to be perfect, but you do want them to look nice and clean.   Then I arranged my pumpkins in the dough bowl the way I wanted them on top of the pinecones.  Lastly, I placed the autumn twigs in the the arrangement where I felt it was still bare.

White pumpkins
Wash your pumpkins.
Using white pumpkins
I love the look of white pumpkins.

With all the pumpkins in the bowl and the size of the bowl it was quite heavy.  I managed to lift the bowl on the table, but boy I wish my husband had been home at the time.  I should have filled the bowl once it was already on the table.  That would have been the only thing I would do differently.

fall dough bowl
I love the way the dough bowl turned out.

I’m not trying to rush the seasons because I am looking forward to handing out candy at Halloween and seeing my family at Thanksgiving, but I am looking forward to decorating this bowl for Christmas.  I have several different ideas that would work perfectly.  Do you have any ideas for how to decorate this for Christmas?  Please leave a comment below if you have any ideas.

Yours Truly,



2 thoughts on “Filling My Dough Bowl

  1. Jenn, that large dough bowl is gorgeous! I love the rustic feel and the end result with all your pumpkins is stunning. I always have issues deciding on a centerpiece; everything is always too small or too large for my table. Thanks for sharing your tips and I can’t wait to see your Christmas dough bowl 🙂

    xo – Michelle

    1. Michelle,
      I’ve wanted one for a long time and was happy to finally find the right size for my table. My table is quite large and centerpieces are hard for me to find as well. I like to spend a lot of time looking without being rushed. Now I just hope the pumpkins hold out for a bit.

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