Monday, 31 March 2014

DIY hand-painted cherry blossom bowl

Painted by my own fair hand!
My love for cherry blossoms is no secret, and I'm always on the lookout to introduce more Japanese sakura gorgeousness into my home. I must confess to being guilty of leaving my earrings lying around on my bed stand when I take them off at night, so I decided to decorate a trinket bowl to keep them safe- and to look pretty, of course.

I found this nicely shaped, albeit a little boring, temple bowl in my local B&M Home Store, for just £1.99.  Perfect for a quick and thrifty makeover... 
Cheap and cheerful plain bowl
I dug out my mini acrylic paint set (the same one I used for my Daruma doll canvas), and set about making my bowl into a cherry-blossom-covered beauty. First, I painted the bare branches, then I added the little pink blossoms. 

Bare branches
A little colour on the branches...
I waited for the paint to dry completely before adding the finishing touches- tiny brown crosses in the centre of the blossoms. At this stage, I could also touch up little bits on the branches that I wasn't entirely satisfied with. Finally, I took a purple Sharpie and branded my bowl with "handpainted by Pink Robot" on the bottom. Not that I plan to sell this bowl... but I think it does finish my project off nicely. 
With the little crosses on the blossoms
My branded bowl

Here is the finished bowl, looking much much more beautiful! I love the fact that it is one-of-a-kind, and you can't beat the satisfaction of seeing something you have worked on yourself brighten up your home. 
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  1. Cute!! I love cherry blossom prints....

  2. Lovely! Really simple but effective :) I'll have to think about doing this.xx

  3. Thank you for your lovely comments- it really didn't take long (or need much technical painting skill either!) Now I've been brave enough to do this, I envisage me painting cherry blossoms everywhere in my house now...!

  4. Nice motive and intresting bowl shape :)

  5. Thanks Neiliane- I thought it kind of reminded me of Oriental temples and buildings!

  6. Love this makeover, your Sakura print is pretty!

    1. Thanks very much Annie- I see from your profile that you're a blossom fan too! X

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    1. Lovely comment! Thank you for visiting my blog :-)

  8. Cherry blossoms are so pretty/ Your project bowl turned out great.

  9. This is beautiful! Love cherry blossoms

  10. Thanks everyone, glad you like it! It definitely adds something nice to my bedside table! :-)

  11. Oh, its so pretty. I've always loved Cherry blossom!


  12. What a pretty bowl and I am so impressed with your painting skills! Super sweet project! Thanks for sharing at Project Inspire{d}! xo

  13. Thank you! Painting not my strong point so much appreciated :-)