Craft A Decorative DIY Wallpaper Bowl for under $5

Wallpaper is not just for walls anymore! With so many great patterns and colors available, why not create an amazing decorative DIY wallpaper bowl from wallpaper scraps?

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a beautiful and decorative wallpaper bowl for under $5. This project is a great way to show off your creative skills and add some personality to your home decor. So get ready to roll up your sleeves and get started!

Missy hugging a wallpapered wall.

For the Love of Wallpaper

I love wallpaper!

If you have followed me for very long, this is not exactly a newsflash.

Wallpaper…like red lipstick, aspen trees, and dark roast coffee…has my heart!

Not going to lie…I have loved and decorated with wallpaper even when it wasn’t cool. In fact, for a while, it was decidedly UNcool!

But wallpaper is now one of the hottest trends in home decor!

If painting a room is the quickest way to change the look of a room, then wallpaper is the easiest way to create a dramatic impact in a room!

Missy applying a strip of blue and white wallpaper.

I have wallpapered many a room in our home…

A daybed nook with blue and white dot wallpaper on the walls.
Oversized Flower Wall Mural in Primary Bedroom - Sonata Home Design

The “Dot Room” (my craft room)

A Jack-and-Jill Bathroom

An oversized floral Wall Mural in the Primary Bedroom

But wallpaper is not just for your walls!

Whether you opt for a bold statement print or a subtle texture, wallpaper can add instant style to any room.

Best of all, wallpaper is surprisingly versatile. It can be used for everything from covering up flaws in walls to …

creating a decorative wallpaper bowl!

So, how about a quick, easy, and inexpensive project using wallpaper scraps?

Let’s go!

Let’s Get Scrappy…Wallpaper Scrappy!

This is my sister’s gorgeous bathroom vanity area.

I have to admit to being a little jealous. Great space, great mirrors, and a GREAT wallpaper pattern!

Blue, white, and gold wallpaper in a bathroom vanity area.

Do you love this wallpaper? You can find it HERE!

My sister knows I like to create something out of nothing. So, in true sisterly generosity, she gave me the wallpaper scraps.

I was thrilled!

I had no idea what I was going to do with them, but it was a thrilling gift, nonetheless!

A gold rimmed mirror hanging against the blue, white, and gold wallpaper.

A Wallpaper Bowl Made Out of Nothing…or at Least Out of $5

Got $5?

Then you are good to go with this project!

Supply List:

  • Wallpaper scraps – Traditional wallpaper or super modern…up to you!
  • Plastic (small or large) bowl from a dollar store
  • Wallpaper paste (or just water if the paper is pre-pasted) Mod Podge will also work.
  • Scissors

Gosh, I’m not sure that I even spent $5! Let’s get going…

How to Craft a DIY Decorative Wallpaper Bowl

Cut 1″ wide strips of wallpaper that are 1″ longer than the height of your bowl.

 I marked my wallpaper strips with a ruler as a straight edge so I would have a straight line from which to cut.

My bowl is 6″ tall. So, I cut my strips 1″ wide and 7″ long.

Cutting strips of wallpaper for the DIY decorative wallpaper bowl.

Brush the wallpaper paste onto the back of the strips. “Book” the strips of wallpaper (fold over so the pasted sides are together) so the glue is fully activated. Let the strips sit for 30 seconds to a minute before “unbooking”.

Applying wallpaper adhesive to the strips and "booking" the paper.

Press each strip to the side of the bowl with about 1/2″ turned over the top and bottom edge of the bowl.

Side Note: If you are using a peel-and-stick wallpaper, no booking is needed. Just as the label says, peel it and stick it!

Applying the first strip of wallpaper to the plastic bowl.

Continue to apply the strips by overlapping the strips over each other. Keep overlapping in the same direction as you apply the strips. Try to vary the pattern and colors for an abstract look.

If you want to attempt a defined pattern with the strips, go for it.

Truthfully, I love the abstract vibe so attempting a specific pattern would have driven me crazy!

Applying wallpaper strips to the bowl. DIY wallpaper bowl

Apply the strips to the inside of the bowl continuing to overlap as you go.

Pressing the strips of wallpaper to the inside of the DIY wallpaper bowl.

What About the Bottom of the Bowl?

Circles are the key!

Cut circles from the wallpaper scraps (I like to use a biscuit cutter for my template) and apply them to the inside and outside bottom of the bowl. Overlap as you go so the plastic is eventually completely covered.

I used 5 circles for each bottom.

Glueing round pieces of wallpaper to the bottom of the DIY wallpaper bowl.

Give it a little time (a few hours) to let all of your wallpaper pieces dry and your new wall paper bowl is complete!

Plastic Bowl No More!

This no longer looks like a plastic bowl from the dollar store!

You can incorporate this into any room of the house.

Important! Keep in mind, this is not a food-safe bowl, so no food allowed!

I had a few ideas for styling my new bowl.

Fill the bowl with decorative balls! These are kind of “spiky” and the bowl shows off their great texture.

A DIY wallpaper bowl holding textured, spiky balls.

Yarn balls!

This yarn looks beautiful sitting in the wallpapered bowls that has some of the same colors.

Plus, I can place the bowl in a high spot so our dog, Bentley, can’t get to the yarn!

Multi-colored yarn balls piled into the decorative  bowl.

Make it functional. Holding cloth napkins in a handy spot in the kitchen makes this bowl pretty useful.

But in a pretty way!

A bowl decorated with wallpaper strips and holding cloth napkins.

Whether you fill it with other home decor or leave it empty, this bowl is a lovely home decor addition to your home.

So, there you have it…a simple and stylish way to add a little personality to your décor with some wallpaper and a dollar store bowl.

Be creative and make it your own—the options are endless! Have fun with this project and show us how your decorative bowl turns out.

The completed DIY wallpaper bowl.


Don’t Forget to Pin It!

Pin the image below to your boards on Pinterest (just click the Pin button in the top left corner). You can also follow along with me on Pinterest!

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  1. Missy I like your DIY bowl SO much – fabulous project for the budget-counsious!
    Congrats – you’re one of our Featured Friends at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy this week!

  2. Such a great idea, and such a pretty bowl! I’ll be featuring this today at Thursday Favorite Things! 🙂 P.S. I love that first picture of you, hugging the wallpaper!

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