DIY Gold and Aqua Jewelry Bowl for 50 cents!

Hey, do any of you happen to have $0.50? If so, you can do this project! Seriously, this jewelry bowl cost me just 50 cents—I can’t fathom that, so I’m going to keep saying it over and over again until it sinks in—50 cents, 50 cents, 50 cents.

DIY Jewelry Bowl

Nope. Nothing. Can’t fathom it.

Let me tell you how this magical project came about. While I was at work today my mind wasn’t really at work—it was about 100 degrees outside (and I work outside), and since it’s New Orleans the humidity level is out of this world. It feels like you’re in a swimming pool all the time. But it’s not a fun swimming pool. It’s a sweaty, sticky, icky swimming pool.

Anyways, while my mind was wandering, I was trying to think of what I wanted to craft today. I had zero ideas. But I thought stopping at the thrift store on the way home would be a good start. Sometimes I just go there to see what they have that I can turn into a magical piece.

That’s when I stumbled upon this boring, plain wooden bowl:

wooden bowl

wooden bowl

I know, I know. Like I just said, it’s boring and plain. But then I looked at the price tag: $0.50. Sold.

I knew right away that I wanted to make a bowl to hold my jewelry in, because at the time my dresser was filled with random rings and earrings and there was no order to any of it. They needed a home! Little did I know that home would come in the shape of a gold and aqua bowl (although I probably could’ve guessed that aqua was going to be incorporated…).

First, I sanded down the bowl a bit. Then, I took it outside and spray-painted it in a gold color. Once it was dry (I gave it about 30 minutes), I took it inside and painted the outside of the bowl aqua. I put about three coats of paint on just to make sure no gold was shining through.

Jewelry Bowl

jewelry bowl

Once that aqua was dry (Again, I gave it about 30 minutes), I grabbed a cup from my cabinet and placed it in the center of the bowl. I traced the cup with a pen.


Then, I found a smaller glass and put it in the center of the drawn circle and traced that.


Once I had my two circles drawn, I went back to my aqua paint. I painted in between the two circles I had just made. Then I free-handed a little baby circle in the center.

Lastly, I sprayed the bowl with clear protective spray. When it was dry, I placed all my random straggler jewelry in it—and voila, my rings are no longer homeless!

jewelry bowl

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