I am excited to share how to make these diy painted bowls! Specifically, a nested set of mixing bowls can be easily personalized for your own kitchen or for a gift recipient.
When I pondered this painted bowl project, I knew I needed to find bowls whose sides were more vertically plumb than tapered. Anytime you are applying a stencil, it is always easier the straighter and less curved the surface.
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This porcelain microwave, oven and dishwasher safe nested mixing bowl set by Dowan was perfect and I was thrilled to be sent the mixing bowls, in addition to a teapot, butter keeper and lovely fluted bowls by Dowan. The sides of the teapot are equally straight and so would be easy to stencil as well.
While my Dowan mixing bowls are porcelain, this process will work for ceramic as well.
What is the difference between porcelain and ceramic?
While ceramic and porcelain are both made of clay and other elements, the clay used for porcelain is more refined. It is fired at a higher temperature and greater pressure, resulting in a product which is more harder and denser than ceramic. As such, porcelain has proven to be more durable than ceramic
What You Need to Make These Painted Bowls:
- Dowan 4-Piece Mixing Bowl Set (the Dowan Teapot, with its relatively straight sides, would be lovely stenciled as well.)
- Something to cut your stencils. I used my Cricut Explore Air and some scrap vinyl.
- Rubbing Alchohol
- Testor’s Enamel Paint, I used Black
- Paint Brush
You can see the full video here.
How to Make Customized Bowls:
- You need your stencil. I used my Cricut Explore Air to make the stencils for these painted bowls. I looked for ‘action’ words associated with baking and narrowed it down to ‘Stir’, ‘Fold’, ‘Blend’ and ‘Whisk’. If you are looking for other baking terms to customize your bowls, here are some of the verbs that I also considered:
- I sized each word relative to the size of the bowl it was going on, so that ‘stir’, which went on the smallest bowl, is a smaller font than the other 3. I incrementally increased the size of the font for each larger bowl.
- After cutting the stencil using a piece of scrap vinyl, I determined how far down from the top of the bowl I wanted each word to be and measured 1/4″ from the top of the tallest letter on each stencil.
- Then I cut easings into each stencil so that it would form itself around the curve of the bowl a little better.
- Before you apply your stencil, wipe the bowl off with rubbing alcohol.
- Applying the stencil takes a little patience. You want to remove as many air bubbles and folds around the letters as possible…your Cricut weeding tool and razor blade come in handy.
- I tried a couple of different paints and think that the Testors’ Enamel is the most durable if you want to be able to wash your personalized bowls in the dishwasher. I also tried both a sponge brush and a bristle brush; the sponge brush left a lot of little bubbles so do recommend a bristle brush. The key is to do light coats, waiting at least 3 hours between coats.
- Let your painted bowls sit for 3-5 days to partially cure.
- Remove your stencils. If you have any areas where the paint went under the stencil, use mineral spirits and a q-tip, your weeding tool wrapped in a cloth or something similar to carefully remove what you don’t want.
- Further set the paint in the oven. Put your bowls in a cold oven, turn the oven to 300° and bake for 1 hour. Turn the oven off and let the bowls cool in the oven.
Are painted bowls dishwasher safe?
I don’t think anyone can say that DIY Painted Bowls will be 100% dishwasher safe. I think with each repeated dishwashing, the paint is liable to start chipping. That being said, making sure your surface is clean before painting, using the Testors paint, letting the paint cure and baking will definitely prolong the life of your painted image.
- The longer you can let your stenciled bowls sit before running them through the dishwasher, the better. I let mine sit undisturbed for another 5-7 days. My bowls have successfully been run through the dishwasher, on the top shelf. That being said, to prolong the life of my painted bowls I think I will hand wash them.
I haven’t decided if I am going to keep these or give them to our daughter, who is starting out with her first apartment after graduation. Hmmm….decisions, decisions.
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Lastly, if you are looking for more DIY Cricut projects, check out these leather cord keepers that I used my Cricut to make. They make fantastic gifts as well!
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