Cake Dome for Fall Party Decor

Cake Dome for Fall Party Decor

Even though I am busy-busy-busy working on projects for my book, I couldn’t let the season go by without making at least one pumpkin project! And for this one, I went “garage shopping”, and came across this set of wooden bowls. I set aside the smaller ones for my book, and decided that the large wooden bowl might be perfect as a cake dome (and pumpkin centerpiece).

large wooden salad bowl

As you can see from the date on the price tag, I had bought the set last year! And it had been waiting patiently in my garage for an idea (or two) to come to mind.

The small bowls I set aside and used as a project in my book, “Crafting with Flannel”.

valet bowls from crafting with flannel

But the big fella? He was beat up, dry to the point of brittle, and cracked in places. In other words, the PERFECT candidate for an upcycling project.

large wooden bowl

And while he was meant to be used as a bowl like this, I planned on turning him upside-down for my project.

wooden mixing bowl

Still skeptical? Let me take you through my upcycling process!

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Transforming a Large Wooden Bowl into a Pumpkin

First things first, I needed to paint the bowl, inside and out. And to do so, I grabbed my favorite orange chalk paint for pumpkin crafts and a craft paint brush.

chalk paint for a large wooden bowl

Once painted (inside and out), it looked much better and was becoming more pumpkin-esque.

Next, I sanded down the paint (without overly distressing it) wiped off any remaining chalk dust. Then, I buffed on some clear wax to seal and protect the paint.

sealing chalk paint with clear wax

Next, I needed to add a pumpkin stem! So, I drilled a small hole in the center of the bottom of the wooden bowl.

In other words, the bottom of the bowl will become the top of my cake dome!

adding a handle to a wooden mixing bowl

Now I could add a handle to my cake dome that would double as a pumpkin stem!

Decorating a Pumpkin Centerpiece and Cake Dome

I also drilled a pilot hole in a chunk of birch branch and used a small screw to attach the stem to the top of the wooden bowl.

turning a large wooden bowl into a cake dome

Once attached, I had the perfect handle for my cake dome. I liked that it was a little jaunty and angled, too.

Now I just needed to decorate my pumpkin centerpiece!

First, I salvaged some bright green leaves from a floral stem and used my hot glue gun to attach them around the stem or handle.

adding leaves to a pumpkin centerpiece

Last but not least, I wanted some fun, vine-like curly-q’s. That seemed like the perfect finishing touch to my pumpkin centerpiece and cake dome.

To make them, I wrapped some natural vine floral wire around a wooden dowel and then hot glued one end under the leaves.

making a cake dome and pumpkin centerpiece

And that was it! The large wooden bowl had been completely transformed into a cake dome that would double as fall party decor.

pumpkin centerpiece from a large wooden bowl

Cake Dome and Pumpkin Centerpiece for Fall Party Decor

Wasn’t that so easy? For a base, I bought a plain wooden charger from the craft store and stained it a deep warm brown.

pumpkin centerpiece for fall party decor

I sealed it with a top coat, but to be on the safe side, I will always use parchment paper to protect unwrapped food from the charger.

Either way, though, that large wooden bowl was positively MADE for this upcycling project. He will be the hit at every Fall party I go to from now on, don’t you agree?

cake dome


AND guess what? It’s Thrift Store Decor Team Day, so check out what my upcycling pals have been up to. Click on the corresponding links beneath this collage to see each “after” project.

Upcycling ideas and amazing thrift store makeovers from the Thrift Store Decor Team of repurposing bloggers

1. Buffalo Check GhostPetticoat Junktion

2. Upcycled Side Table Fall PorchMy Repurposed Life 

3. Repurposed Serving TrayHouse of Hawthornes

4. Pumpkin Decor and Cake Dome from a Wooden BowlSadie Seasongoods (mine!)

5. Multiple Thrift Store Urn UsesMy Southern Home

6. Thrift Store Sweater PumpkinsDomestically Speaking


I just never get tired of upcycling random objects into pumpkins at this time of year!

pumpkin centerpiece and cake dome

I even included a couple of pumpkin projects in my book, “Crafting with Flannel”!

pumpkin decor from crafting with flannel

But don’t worry, there are only two pumpkin projects in it. There are 53 NON-PUMPKIN flannel crafts in it, as well!

And if you enjoyed this upcycling idea for fall pumpkin decor, then you’ll love these bandana pumpkins that are perfect for autumn and Halloween!

Fabric pumpkins from a Halloween Bandana

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. That turned out so darn cute! I need to run to the thrift store and pick up a beat yp salad bowl now (like I wasn’t going to run to the thrift store today anyhow)!

  2. Debbie- Dabble says

    Love this!! What a great transformation!!

  3. Robyn Wright says

    Absolutely fantastic! You have such an eye for pumpkins!

  4. Hi, I love,love love your website.You are so creative and clever,AND thrifty, Your instructions are so clear and easy looking, that I feel that I may attempt to do something.
    Thank you so much.

  5. Sarah! How I love your pumpkin cake dome! You have such an eye for “junk”. 🙂


  6. This is just awesome, Sarah! Love, love, love it.

  7. Oh my cuteness!!! LOVING this!

  8. So cute. You have great vision!

  9. Your pumpkin projects never disappoint! I love this idea, and I think that the wood stain and orange chalk paint pair together perfectly!!!! Well done girl, it’s pumtastic!

  10. You always amaze me with your creativity! This is an adorable makeover!

  11. You always come up the best ideas, Sarah. ADORABLE!!!

  12. How clever! That made the cutest pumpkin ever! Perfect for those fun fall parties and get togethers.

  13. So pretty… I love how you think out of the box! #diyergoals Would love if you would join us at Tuesday Turn About and share your project with us! We close the party tonight at midnight CST, and open again on Tuesday 5pm CST. Hope to see you there, friend!

  14. Oh my gosh I absolutely am going to do this one. I have enjoyed all your ideas but this one takes the cake. Love it.


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