Hand-Carved Faux Wood Bowl


smoothfoam carved faux wood bowl

Get the look of a rustic, hand-carved wood bowl for an autumn tabletop display with  Smoothfoam and Chalky Finish paint. Faux hand-carved wooden bowls make great table centerpieces.


Smoothfoam half-ball
Hot wire tool or craft knife
Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint – Heritage                                                                   Americana Decor Creme Wax – Deep Brown
Paper towels


If using a hot wire tool to cut the Smoothfoam, be sure you are in a well-ventilated area.

Place the half-ball upside down and carve away a bit of the base to make it flat so it will sit well on table as a bowl. I purposely cut it irregularly, as I was trying to recreate a carved wood effect.

Flip the bowl over, then remove larger random chunks and slices from around the edge of bowl to give it a hand-carved look. Use different tools or styluses to add dents, grooves, and other marks all over the surface.

carve smoothfoam bowl

Paint the bowl with Heritage Chalky Finish paint and let dry. Apply the Creme Wax with a paper towel, removing immediately after applying, to just tint the paint and darken the carved areas.

paint smoothfoam bowl

Fill your DIY wooden bowl with fruit, acorns, pinecones or other autumn elements for a rustic tabletop display.

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About Cindi McGee

I am a multi-published mixed-media artist, media spokesperson, educator, project and product designer and more. My style is diverse and ever-evolving and I enjoy experimenting with products and finding unexpected, creative ways to use them. My motto is “dare to be different” and I look forward to the opportunity to share creative ideas here with you!

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