I’ve been looking at dough bowls with faux succulents online for the longest time because I really love the look. But what I didn’t want to do was spend a lot of money. Dough bowls with faux succulents online can go for as much as six hundred dollars! That’s like my entire monthly grocery budget. No way was that going to happen! Also, I wanted my succulent dough bowl to have a fall vibe, which is why I chose to make it myself.
With my vision in mind, I decided to start shopping for artificial cactus and succulents. Then I found some nice ones over at Big Lots and spent $12 on a few different ones.
At Micheal’s, I picked up artificial fall leaves and berries for $8. Then I bought a bag of moss over at the dollar store. What I needed now was to find an affordable dough bowl. I found the perfect sized one at TJ Maxx for $12.99. Crazy, right?
Using a smaller bowl means I didn’t need a lot of fillers, making the total cost of my succulent dough bowl arrangement about $35.
Arranging Dough Bowls With Faux Succulents
Now it was time to get creative and pull it all together. I won’t kid you. I was staring down this empty dough bowl thinking, “how am I going to pull this together?” That’s when I knew I had to play around with it.
To get started, the leaves and berries were separated from the branches. Dough bowls can be somewhat shallow, so you want to make sure everything fits. Then I bent the stems of the succulents to the side, so they would sit upright in the bowl.
Next, I started arranging items in the bowl to see how they looked. I had a few pinecones left over from another project, so I worked those into the display.
Once I knew how I wanted it arranged, I started anchoring things down. I was going to use florist styrofoam, but it would have been too tall for the bowl. So I decided to tape the center and side pieces down with blue painter’s tape.
I removed the stems from the rest of the succulents, added moss, and arranged them in the moss. I didn’t have to anchor them down because they stay in pretty well. The pinecones also stay in well. However, if I wanted to keep everything permanently in place, I would use rubber cement.
Here’s my faux succulent dough bowl arrangement!
Tips for Making Dough Bowls with Faux Succulents
- Make sure you have enough faux succulents and fillers for the size of the dough bowl
- Dough bowls also come in round or oval shapes
- Decorative moss or pebbles make a good underlying base for faux succulent arrangements
- Arrange items first to see how they look before making your arrangement final
- Don’t be afraid to let leaves and plants extend over the edge of the bowl
- Not everything needs to be permanently attached to the bowl
- If you want to secure items in the bowl, you can use painter’s tape, rubber cement, or thin florist styrofoam
More Succlent Dough Bowls
Here are some more beautiful succulent dough bowl arrangements that I found online., made by other creative bloggers. Each one is unique and gorgeous. So be sure to check them out on their sites and see how they pulled them together.