I love making things that give the appearance of something entirely different from what it actually is. In this case, it’s a very large bowl that appears to be made of copper, but is actually a couple of Smoothfoam half-balls.
This bowl is very sturdy and would be gorgeous with fruit or a beautiful plant. To convert it for plant use, just make several 1/4″ to 1/2″ holes in the bottom (a pencil works great), add a coffee filter and a layer of pebbles, then fill with potting soil. Place a small plate underneath to catch any water.
Here’s how easy this is to make:
8″ Smoothfoam half-ball
12″ Smoothfoam half-ball
Small bowl, approximately 6″ in diameter
Sophisticated Finishes Copper Paint
Adirondack Color Wash – Espresso
Tim Holtz Die – Elegant Flourishes
Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine
Hold the Foam Glue
Viva Décor Inka-Gold paint – Mint Green
1/2″ wide braided cord trim
Foam cutter (hot knife), scissors
Paint brush, marker
1. Place a small bowl on the top of the 8″ Smoothfoam half-ball and draw around the lip of the bowl with a marker. Remove the bowl and use the line as a guide to cut off the top of the half-ball – this is now the base.
2. Glue the 12″ Smoothfoam half-ball on top, making sure it is level. Insert a few corsage pins to hold it in place while the glue dries.
4. Glue a length of braided cord between the half-balls to cover the joint.
5. After all the glue is dry, paint the bowl and base with copper paint. Apply a second and third coat if necessary. Allow to dry.
6. Spray the bowl with color wash and then wipe off the excess with a paper towel using a circular motion.
7. Dab some Inka-Gold paint to the top of the flourishes with your finger.