Quick & Easy Upcycled Bowl!

Howdy My Crafty Spot readers – I’m Melissa from A Prudent Life and I’ve got another great upcycle project for you today. This one is fast, simple, and will impress your friends!

Place Mat to Bowl Upcycle - So Easy!I started with a simple, but pretty, round place mat.

Place Mat to Bowl Upcycle - So Easy!

The only other materials you will need are some small clamps or clothes pins and fabric stiffening spray. I got my spray at Hobby Lobby using a 40% off coupon.

The first step is folding the sides up and clamping them into a loose X shape.

Place Mat to Bowl Upcycle - So Easy!

To add more interest to the final bowl, I folded each of the loops in about half way to the center then clamped them as shown below.

Place Mat to Bowl Upcycle - So Easy!

The spray I used was called Beacon Stiffen Stuff.

Place Mat to Bowl Upcycle - So Easy!

I followed the directions on the bottle by spraying everything until it was wet. You’ll definitely want to protect your surface with a plastic bag. The bottle said I could use a blow dryer for faster results. I’m all about short cuts!

Place Mat to Bowl Upcycle - So Easy!

After my bowl was ready for a night on the town dry, I did a second coat on and around the bottom where I needed the bowl to hold the shape the most. I flipped it over and it cooperated by standing up nicely on the clamps. For this round, I let the bowl air dry because I had some errands to run.

Place Mat to Bowl Upcycle - So Easy!

When I came home around 3 hours later, I held my breathe and un-clamped everything. I was so excited that it held it’s shape!

Place Mat to Bowl Upcycle - So Easy!

It was still flexible enough that I could smooth the edges and even out the shape. Once it is perfect, it would be a good idea to add a final coat of stiffening spray.

Here’s my new bowl in use on the table!

Place Mat to Bowl Upcycle - So Easy!

The sides will squish down if you lay something heavy against them, but they do pop back up. I have a ton of spray left, so I can’t wait to try it again!

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Melissa recently jumped off the corporate ladder and into the world of blogging to pursue her passions full time. She loves upcycle crafting, organization, & getting a great deal. Her blog, A Prudent Life, aims to balance crafting & home décor with anything that can be done today to make a better tomorrow – like budgeting & healthy living. Melissa lives in Oklahoma with her super awesome marketing guru/graphic designer husband & her German Shepherd Maddie, who loves to make appearances on the blog.

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  1. Thanks for linking up at Pretty Pintastic Party this week! Your post has been chosen as a feature for the party starting on Friday, so it will be getting pinned by dozens of partiers! Thanks so much for sharing!