DIY Abstract Fruit Bowl

DIY Abstract Fruit Bowl by @cydconverse

If you hang around these parts at all, it’s likely you have caught on to the fact that decoupage glue is one of my absolute favorite craft tools. There are typically no fewer than three or four bottles in my stash, because I find it just so easy and handy to work with for just about any kind of project. Then, dishwasher Mod Podge blew onto the scene and my life was forever changed. (Eh, that’s overly dramatic, but you get my point.) Since then, we’ve made gold glitter dipped mugs and today we’re making this DIY abstract serving bowl. Mod Podge, I just can’t quit you!

DIY Abstract Fruit Bowl by @cydconverse

If you’ve never decoupaged anything before, consider this your crash course! This will give you the basic process for adhering just about anything to anything, quickly and permanently. (Hint: It’s crazy easy.) I decided to make this colorful fruit bowl that looks insanely fun piled high with lemons. Who needs that many lemons, you ask? Precisely no one, which is why you should set your pretty bowl on your counter somewhere where you can see it every day and fill it with some other fruit, too. Or use this as a serving dish at parties! Make a few to give as gifts! The choices are endless and entirely yours to make. (But no matter what, this is still really easy.)

DIY Abstract Fruit Bowl by @cydconverse

supplies

  • Dishwasher safe Mod Podge
  • Tissue paper in assorted colors/patterns
  • Large porcelain, ceramic or glass bowl
  • Foam brush

DIY Abstract Fruit Bowl by @cydconverse DIY Abstract Fruit Bowl by @cydconverse

DIY Abstract Fruit Bowl by @cydconverse

DIY Abstract Fruit Bowl by @cydconverse DIY Abstract Fruit Bowl by @cydconverse

DIY Abstract Fruit Bowl by @cydconverse DIY Abstract Fruit Bowl by @cydconverse

The trickiest part about this project is not overthinking things. I’m the queen of thinking too hard about things and I even I managed this one! Begin by tearing small, randomly shaped pieces of your tissue paper. A variety of bright, fun colors and patterns works best here. Then use your foam brush to apply a thin layer of the dishwasher safe Mod Podge to the exterior of the bowl. Place a piece of tissue paper directly over the glue, smooth down very gently with your fingers (so that it doesn’t rip) and follow up with another thin layer of glue over top.

DIY Abstract Fruit Bowl by @cydconverse

DIY Abstract Fruit Bowl by @cydconverse

DIY Abstract Fruit Bowl by @cydconverse

Repeat this process, layering the tissue paper as you work, to create a fun, abstract design. I opted to leave a bit of the bowl exposed, but you could bring this all the way up to the lip of the bowl if you preferred. There is no right or wrong way to do this! This is the type of DIY project that is purely about having fun and spending some time playing with glue. AKA My favorite type of craft of all time. Once you’ve settled on a design that you like, allow the bowl to dry completely, preferably overnight before putting it into service in your kitchen.

DIY Abstract Fruit Bowl by @cydconverse

DIY Abstract Fruit Bowl by @cydconverse

As always, here’s my friendly disclaimer that I have not yet been able to do thorough testing on just how well the dishwasher safe Mod Podge holds up over time as I live in the stone ages and do not have a dishwasher in my kitchen. That said, I can tell you it holds up perfectly to even vigorous hand washing and I trust that the Mod Podge people know what they’re talking about. So with all of that said, happy crafting, friends!

DIY Abstract Fruit Bowl by @cydconverse

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[Design + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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Summer Picnic Essentials

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Summer Picnic Essentials from @cydconverse

It’s no big secret that I am a big fan of a summer picnic. I’ve made that pretty clear over the years. Sometimes though, picnics can feel like a lot of work! Preparing food, packing everything up, lugging it to the park or the beach. There are definitely times when they almost feel like more effort than it’s worth. (The operative word there being almost.) Today I’m sharing my summer picnic essentials! These are the things I like to keep handy all season long to make sure that I’m always ready for an impromptu picnic. When you’re prepared with a few essentials, all you have to do is make up some sandwiches, whip up a fresh salad and go. Read on for my tips!

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Shop By Color: White Hot

Good morning and happy Monday, everyone! I hope everyone had a really great weekend and that those of you here in the States celebrated the 4th of July in fine fashion. (Popsicles, fireworks, ice cream. Yes? Good.) It dawned on me over the weekend that somewhere along the weekend that I had unknowingly abandoned this little column so today, Shop by Color is back! It has always been one of my favorites and it felt like time to bring it back. Today it’s all about white hot pieces perfect for updating your summer wardrobe! We’re talking white accessories, jewelry, baubles and more. What’s your favorite piece? I’m personally crazy about that necklace!

Shop By Color: White Hot

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[Shop | 1: White geode necklace | 2: Panama hat | 3: Espadrille slides | 4: Raw quartz earrings | 5: Essie Marshmallow | 6: S’well water bottle | 7: Shoulder bag | 8: Cotton eyelet shorts | 9: Michael Kors aviator sunglasses.]

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Happy 4th of July Weekend

Well, friends, it’s about that time! Time for me to check out for a few days and get to celebrating one of my favorite weekends of the year. For all of you here in the States, here’s wishing you a very happy 4th of July weekend! I hope there are many icy cold drinks and fireworks in your future over the next few days. Next week we will be picking up where we left off, talking about all kinds of pretty and delicious things. Fair? Fair. Until then, be sure to scroll down for your dose of summer-inspired link love. See you on Monday! xoxo

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[Photo by Ivy & Stone Photography from Style Me Pretty.]

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