Four Ways To Style A Dough Bowl For Fall

Happy Fall y’all! Yay it seems like it took forever to finally get here. I love summer, but there are so many things about Fall that I love. The warm colors and beautiful textures, cozy clothes and comfort food to name a few. Decorating for Fall has always been a favorite for me because it signifies a change of a whole new look in the home with rich textures and warm color. In this post I’m sharing a simple way to add some touches of Fall into your home with 4 ways and steps to decorating a dough bowl for fall.

So first of all, what is a dough bowl? Traditionally this type of bowl was used for bread making. In colonial America, the ingredients were mixed and kneaded onto dough in the bowl then covered with a cloth and left to rise. Wooded bowls were preferred as the wood held the heat generated by the fermentation of the yeast.



Dough bowls also come in many different shapes and sizes. For this post I’m sharing 3 different shapes and sizes. And here is a suggestion for items you can place in them.



Idea #1



Arrangements in a dough bowl can be very simple with just one element. In this case I used real mini pumpkins in a variety of sizes and stayed with a very basic color pallet. The white pumpkins really look great against the contrasting wood. Using contrasting items gives the arrangement more character too.



Idea #2



For this look, I used a large round bowl. Because of the depth, I was able to tuck a large pumpkin in the center first. I had this large wooden scoop and thought it would be perfect to set the pumpkin on top as if it was being scooped up. I made sure to angle it for more visual interest instead of the predictable straight look.





Next just fill in around the pumpkin with whatever foliage you like. I recommend at least 3- 5 different varieties in a nice color pallet of 3-4 colors. For this arrangement I used hydrangeas, pods, berries and leaves. Then for added texture, I popped in some wooden beads to flow outside the bowl.


Idea #3



This arrangement is perfect for a long dining or entryway table. I’m using a long rectangular bowl. I started with 2 different size white pumpkins to create contrast. Then I added a long bunch of wheat on one side and the other side I added some pods that hang over the side. For the larger items I tucked in a few hydrangeas. Then to fill in any gaps, I tucked in leaves and berries to give varying height and texture.



Idea #4



To style this look I used the same bowl from idea #1.I took 3 stems of fall leaves and placed them in the bottom of the bowl bending to fit the curve of the bowl. Then I placed 2 different pumpkins at different angles on top to coordinate with the colors in the leaves. Super simple and just the right touch.



Now are you ready to find a dough bowl and style away? If you are looking for more Fall inspiration, you can check out this post Tips On How To Transition Your Decor From Summer To Fall or this one How to Create A Beautiful And Unique Fall Centerpiece

So lets get ready for pumpkin spice, cozy fires, sweaters and boots and all things Fall. What is your favorite part about Fall?  Be sure to subscribe to the blog so you won’t miss any posts. I have so much to share for this upcoming season and I hope you’ll come along.

Happy Decorating





September 22, 2020

  1. Judy says:

    I LOVE dough bowl centerpieces and yours are so pretty and easy to arrange. The problem that I have found when looking to purchase a bowl is they are all so expensive. Do you have a source where they may be a bit more reasonable?

    • says:

      Hi Judy,

      I actually have been selling them in my online Shoppe . It’s a once a month curate collection of unique finds. The next one will be in October. If you are subscribed to my blog newsletter, you will get first access to the opening.


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  3. Barb says:

    Hi Deborah,
    Your dough bowls are beautiful! Can you tell me where you find the realistic florals, berries, leaves & pods. Having trouble sourcing such nice ones.

    • says:

      Hi Barb,

      I usually get most of my florals from Hobby Lobby.

      Thanks for following along

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    where do you fine dough bowls??

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