I picked up this beautiful solid wood bowl in the FREE pile at an estate sale. Of course I couldn’t resist picking it up and doing something with it to give it a new life. So I had the idea to fill the crack with some homemade clay. I made the clay, squished it into all the cracks, cleaned off all the excess, and then poked little dots into the clay with a toothpick. Put it into the oven, and that’s it!

Cracked Wood Bowl

It’s much more presentable now, and I was lucky that the crack made such a pretty design.

Here is an easy recipe for homemade clay:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup water

Make sure the dough isn’t too stiff or too watery. Knead by hand until smooth. Bake at 250 degrees for about an hour and a half.

So the lesson here is, just because something is damaged doesn’t mean it’s worthless. Be creative and figure out a way to rescue it! To see full-size photos go here.