How to make a DIY centerpiece from a thrifted wooden bowl

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This DIY table centerpiece is rustic and beautiful and it’s made from a thrifted wooden bowl! Learn how easy it is to make this rustic centerpiece here.

How to make a DIY centerpiece from a thrifted wooden bowl

When I found an $8 wooden bowl at Value Village, I knew that I could turn it into a beautiful, rustic centerpiece inspired by one I saw at Pottery Barn for $99.

This centerpiece looks gorgeous for Fall, Christmas and Wintertime, and it includes a gold leafed edge and warm, glowing candles. You can even customize it with the addition of twinkle lights or greenery.

To give a thrifted bowl more of a rustic look, you can use a power sander or a sanding sponge on the finish. After sanding your thrift store bowl, it will have a matte look – and it will also help remove any stains.

What you put in your bowl centerpiece is up to you, but I chose to place a cake stand inside. On the cake stand, I placed some battery operated candles, and I added a strand of LED twinkle lights too. Another great look is the addition of faux greenery stems around the candles.

Watch my video to learn how to make this DIY rustic centerpiece from a thrifted wooden bowl:

How to make a DIY centerpiece from a thrift store bowl:

How to make a DIY centerpiece from a thrifted wooden bowl

How to make a DIY centerpiece from a thrifted wooden bowl

Yield: 1 centerpiece
Active Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours

Learn how to make a beautiful, rustic candle centerpiece from a thrifted wooden bowl.


  • large wooden bowl from the thrift store
  • cleaner & rag
  • imitation gold leaf
  • Mod Podge
  • small cake stand to fit in bowl
  • battery operated pillar candles of varying heights
  • battery operated string lights (optional)
  • faux greenery stems (optional)


  • sanding sponge or power sander
  • small paint brush for Mod Podge
  • stiff brush to brush off excess gold leaf


  1. Sand the thrifted bowl to give it a matte finish and get rid of any stains.
  2. Wipe the bowl clean with a degreasing cleaner and a rag.
  3. Brush Mod Podge along the rim of the bowl, and press on imitation gold leaf.
  4. Once the Mod Podge has dried, brush off the excess gold leaf with a stiff brush.
  5. Insert the cake stand inside the bowl.
  6. Add battery operated pillar candles onto the cake stand.
  7. Wrap twinkle lights around the candles (optional).
  8. You can also add faux greenery instead of twinkle lights if desired.

Now tell me: What do you think of this thrift flip? Would you make this rustic centerpiece?

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