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
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.
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.
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.
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.