Pumpkin Decor and Cake Dome from a Wooden Bowl

Pumpkin Decor and Cake Dome from a Wooden Bowl

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 big fella should become a pumpkin…and cake dome.

Wooden bowl or salad bowl set at thrift store for upcycling into a cake dome

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

Wooden bowl to be repurposed as a wood pumpkin and cake dome for Fall parties

And if you’re still skeptical how I planned to transform him into a cake dome and pumpkin, let me show you what I did.

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Upcycling a Wooden Bowl into a Cake Dome

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.

Painting a wooden bowl with orange chalk paint to become a wood pumpkin for Fall decor

After I painted the entire wooden bowl, I sanded down the paint (without overly distressing it) and buffed on some clear wax.

Buffing on the clear wax over the chalk paint for creating fall decor and rustic home decor

Next, I needed to add a pumpkin stem! So, I drilled a small hole in the center of the bottom of the wooden bowl. The bottom will become the top of my cake dome!

Drilling hole through a wooden bowl to attach a pumpkin stem for a 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.

Not only does the stem make it look more like a pumpkin, but now my cake dome will have a handle!

All I needed to do now was add a few more pumpkin decorations, starting with green leaves. I salvaged them from a floral stem I bought at a craft store and used my hot glue gun to attach them around the stem.

Last but not least, I wanted some fun, vine-like curly-q’s. To make them, I wrapped some natural vine floral wire around a wooden dowel and then hot glued one end under the leaves.

Natural floral wire to decorate a wood pumpkin that was made from a wooden bowl

A Cake Dome for Fall Decor and Autumn Parties

And that was it! The wooden bowl had been completely transformed into a pumpkin and cake dome.

Repurposing a wood bowl from the thrift store into a cake dome for Fall parties

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

Rustic home decor for Fall by upcycling a wooden bowl into a cake dome and pumpkin 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, the wooden bowl was positively MADE for this. He will be the hit at every Fall party I go to from now on, don’t you agree?

Pumpkin craft ideas with a wooden bowl that has been upcycled into a 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


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

Bandana pumpkin or fabric pumpkin for primitive Halloween decor or primitive country decor for Halloween

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Thrift store makeovers and upcycling transformations by the best upcycling bloggers in September 2019


  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!


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