Each time my children and I rake the leaves in our yard, I usually mumble something to myself about wishing those leaves were actually good for something! Well, recently when I raked those old leaves to the curb, I suddenly saw lots of possibility! I picked a few of the really pretty ones and set them aside for my latest project.

A leaf bowl is exactly what it sounds like: A bowl made out of leaves! In just a few minutes and with minimal supplies you can whip up your own bowl and add some instant charm to your fall table. This is also a fun project to do with kids, and they can admire their project when it is used as a centerpiece on the dinner table!

To make a leaf bowl, here is what you will need:

  • Several dozen palm-sized leaves. They should still be pliable and not dry. If you wish you may use artificial fall leaves. My Dollar Tree sells packages of them for $1.00.
  • Mod Podge. This is available at all crafts stores and even Walmart for around $3.00.
  • Paintbrush
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Cooking Spray
  • Paint Brush
  • Medium sized bowl

Once you have your supplies organized, put the bowl together!

  • You must prep the bowl you are using as your mold. Do this by spraying the outside of the bowl with cooking spray, then covering it with plastic wrap. This protects the bowl and prevents the leaves from adhering to it.
  • Turn the prepped bowl upside down. Begin placing the leaves on to the bowl and “painting” them with Mod Podge. Use A LOT and paint it on thick to make sure it fully saturates the leaves.
  • Continue “painting” on the leaves until you have the designs you want. Make sure there are no gaps in the leaves and that the entire bowl is covered.
  • Put another coat of Mod Podge over all the leaves that cover the bowl. Allow it to dry overnight.
  • The next day, gently separate the leaves from the plastic wrap.

The bowl mold should fall off nicely and leave you with a sturdy leaf bowl. Place it on your fall table and fill it with small items such as candy, or place it under a glass bowl and use it as a fun serving piece. Either way it is a quick and easy craft that you can quickly put together with items you already have! And it’s a fun conversation piece that will leave your guests wondering how you did it!

I offered to let my neighbors take leaves from my yard to make their own. Hey, now I have a cool leaf bowl AND less leaves to rake!

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10 thoughts on “Thrifty Fall Decor: DIY Leaf Bowls”

  1. Vikki Hoffee says:

    Can I ask if this is something that will last year to year , or do I need to make them each year ?
    Vikki in Texas

  2. Anonymous says:

    Can I ask if this is something that will last year to year , or do I need to make them each year ?
    Vikki in Texas

  3. AngelaM says:

    I would love to make this with my kids! would anyone want to mail me some? lol I just went to three stores looking to buy leaves (since they are non existent in Florida!) and everyone is sold out. ugh..

  4. skippy says:

    very cute, but I don’t understand why she sprayed the bowl if she was putting plastic wrap on it.

  5. Misty says:

    These make for a nice decorative piece for autumn. My daughter just made one in school last week and brought it home so it was interesting to see it on here.

  6. gina says:

    let the leaves “wilt” a little overnight, this makes them a little less stiff than using fresh fallen ones, will shape to the bowl better.

  7. sully says:

    wow it looks like one i bought at target for 15 dollars gee i could have made it myself. thanks for the idea now i can make more.

  8. Anonymous says:

    So Cute! I wish we had fall leaves here in Palm Springs Ca…I miss fall

  9. mary221 says:

    I think this will be a great project for the kids to make tomorrow….they can make several different ones for each aunt and uncle.