I am on a mission to figure out how to DIY as many awesome home decor pieces as possible. And I just found the easiest DIY to create the hands down, most amazing cereal bowls ever! Sure I could be modest and say that these are cool, awesome, what have you, but modest I am not. I absolutely LOVE these bowls!!! Who knew that a little bit of spray paint could do so much?!
Blendo was a type of glassware that was popular in the 50's and 60's that featured a unique color fade application to traditional clear glasses and glass serve ware such as pitchers and punch bowls. Traditionally the glasses were made in bright poppy colors such as lime green, light purple, light blue, and yellow with a gold rim. You can still find vintage pieces on places like Etsy and Ebay.
I love the colorful look of the blendo glasses so much that I decided to expand the concept to even more kitchen pieces and created these gorgeous breakfast bowls using a simple can of spray paint and a gold leaf pen. While I love the look of the traditional blendo look on clear glassware, I have to say, I might just love it against the white ceramic bowls even more! Follow along after the jump for the DIY tutorial on how to can create your own unique bowls in true blendo fashion.
- White Ceramic Cereal Bowls (I used these)
- Spray Paint in Fun Colors (I particularly like the color options of Montana Gold Series Spray Paint and used the colors shrimp, shocking pink, and lychee for my bowls)
- Gold Leaf Pen
Begin by cleaning and drying your bowls, then wiping them down with a bit of rubbing alcohol to get a nice clean surface. Turn the bowls upside down and spray the bottom of the bowls and just down the sides of the bowls around the bottom edge (the part closest to the bottom of the bowl not the top lip) with the spray paint.
By concentrating your spray to only the bottom of the bowl and the portion just around the sides of the bottom of the bowl you will get a nice dark color on the bottom of the bowl that will slightly fade up to the top of the bowl thanks to the light misty over-spray.
Let your bowl dry for at least an hour or two and then flip your bowl right side up and use the gold leaf pen to color around the edge of the bowl to give it a pretty gold rim.
Since this is a bowl and not a cup, you don't have to worry about putting your mouth on the edge of the bowl or your food coming in contact with the gold leaf (or spray paint), but if you are worried about it you can also use this technique to get a similar looking gold edge.
Let your bowls cure for 3-4 days before using or washing them. Once the paint has cured, you can use the bowls for your next bowl of cereal, smoothie bowl, or even hot items like soup.
The only downside of the bowls is that they are not dishwasher safe, so you have to hand wash these babies. But that is a price I am willing to pay for such beautiful bowls! Aren't you?