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Displaying Vintage Wooden Bowls as Art

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Vintage wooden bowls are my favorite collection! Today I’m sharing how I used these character pieces to add warmth to my space and create unique wall art!

Vintage wooden bowls as wall art.

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Vintage Wooden Bowls As Art

Over the past few months I’ve noticed a strong trend in the bohemian design style: basket walls. I’ve always found them intriguing but they were never quite “me”.

Vintage wooden bowls

While I love certain boho elements, it’s not 100% my style. There is a bit too much color infused into most basket walls for my personal taste. However, I have been drawn to them every time I see that kind of statement wall in other people’s homes.

So, rather than try to copy a trend that didn’t fit me 100%, I decided to create my own take on it!

Wood Bowl Wall

My wood bowl collection has long been one of my favorites. The problem is, they were always nested inside one another, making it hard to display them and see all that beautiful character.

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So, I decided to put a spin on the basket wall trend and create my own unique wall art with wooden bowls.

How to Hang Vintage Wooden Bowls

When I was creating this wood bowl wall in real-time on Instagram stories, the number one question I received was, “How do you hang those?”

Honestly, that was the question I asked myself before I tried to pull this off! But it was much simpler than I made it out to be.

How to hang vintage wooden bowls.

My one and only rule was that I was not going to put holes or stickers (with nails or screws) into my wood bowls. They are vintage and beautiful and the character they already have is enough for me. 😉

Hanging a wood bowl with command strips.

For that reason, I decided to try using command strips first. They would not work on my larger bowls, however, they held up several of the smaller bowls.

Until they didn’t.

Let’s just imagine what it sounds like for 3 wood bowls to fall off your wall in the middle of the night. Yeah….not super fun.

Next, I went to my fall-back: plate hangers.

Vintage wooden bowls hanging on a wall as art.

Those worked like a charm! For the very large bowl at the top I had to create my own plate hanger. The springs were not long enough to stretch as far as I needed them to.

So, I simply took off the springs, tied twine to length on both sides, and attached it to each end. This made it so I could create whatever size plate hanger I needed!

You can see above, three bowls aren’t secured with plate hangers. Those were the unfortunate souls that fell off the wall and caused me to have a heart attack. They have since been secured with plate hangers. 😉

Unique Take on Wall Art

The only “technique” I used to hang these was to make sure they cascaded down the wall and felt “drapey.” {Totally a design word…don’t even question it.}

I wanted to surround my botanical frames and then come down the wall around my cabinet to create a focal point. I think I accomplished that goal! And now it makes me smile each time I see the wall art I created with items I already owned and love!

Vintage decor displayed as wall art in a living room.

What do you think of this out of the box way of displaying wood bowls? Do you have a collection you’d like to display uniquely?

Head next to my post on how to style a rustic modern living room if you’re interested in seeing more!

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Vintage wooden bowls are my favorite collection! Today I'm sharing how I used these character pieces to add warmth to my space and create unique wall art!


  1. Hi,

    Thanks for the fantastic post! I had not thought of this idea.

    I am looking for a way to hang wooden bowls on a wall in such a way that it makes it easy to take off the walls for use. (Nothing fancy or vintage…just interesting-looking stuff).

    Not sure that this is the method I’ll use, but it has given me some food for thought!! Would love to hear any ideas you might have.

    Thanks again!!

  2. Hi Sarah,
    Love the look of the wood bowls on the wall. Wondering if you could add a photo of the adjustment that you made for the largest bowl. Seeing is always better than reading how someone did something. Thanks.

  3. I love your cascading wooden bowls and am headed to the store to pick up plate hangers for my bowls. Thank you for the clear and simple directions. I don’t have as many as you, but I’m going to start searching and collecting more intently. 🙂 I just found your website / blog and love it. Thanks for all you do. Leslie

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