Decorative Ideas for Big Bowls


A large bowl filled with fruit adds color, texture and pleasant smells to your home. But a big bowl can become a container for all kinds of unusual, beautiful treasures. Your large bowl will sit well on your dining room table, on your kitchen counter, at the end of a window seat or on the end of a bookshelf.

Floating Reservoir

  • Fill your large bowl half way with water. Float flowers, candles or a combination of both in your bowl. Allow enough room so it doesn't look cramped. For a bit of extra flare, you could add a drop of food coloring to your water.


  • Go out into your yard and cut some greenery for your large bowl. Branches should range from slightly longer than the height of the bowl to about twice the height of the bowl. Put a layer of floral clay at the bottom of your bowl and arrange the branches of greenery. The finished effect should be closely clustered greenery, just slightly higher than the top edge of the bowl. The pieces in the middle should be slightly higher than the branches at the edges.

Yarn Balls

  • Filled with yarn balls, your large bowl will have a rough-textured look. You can mix colors of yarn, or stick to one palette, for example shades of red. Decide if you want all of the balls of yarn to be similar size for a more unified look, or different sizes for a more eclectic look.


  • Fill our big bowl with vintage costume jewelry, beads and chains. Decide if you want the bowl filled with only silver, only gold or a combination. If you're worried about the jewelry scratching the bowl, line the bowl with a pretty piece of fabric.

Small Fabric Rolls

  • If you're a quilter, you're familiar with fat squares, which are fabric cut into square pieces approximately 18 to 20 inches. Roll up some fat squares, wrap them with raffia and pile them into your big bowl. Each roll should be slightly longer than the bowl is high. Toss them into the bowl randomly or arrange them in rows against the sides of the bowl. Pick complementary colors, like you would for selecting colors for a quilt, or mix together lots of random colors and patterns.

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