homemaking hack #9: repurposing chipped or broken bowls


When we first moved in our house, I spotted this lovely aqua polka-dot mixing bowl at Ross for around $8:


I actually had a really hard time deciding whether to spend that much money on a "pretty" mixing bowl, but I talked myself into it. ;) I had great plans for it to be on display on our kitchen shelf in between being the chip holder/ life of every party we hosted. :) 

You can imagine how heartbroken I was when it got a huge chip in it after only a couple of uses... turns out it wasn't such a great purchase decision after all. :(


But I wouldn't give up on it. I kept it anyway {I mean, I'd spent money on it!!}, and lined it with tissue paper to serve food in at parties. But the perfectionist in me secretly hated the big ugly chip that always became visible at some point during the party, so I stopped using it altogether. 

After a couple years of it taking up cabinet space, I finally came up with a different use for my favorite bowl when I saw these ready-made succulent pots in the garden center of Lowe's:


In two minutes, added a little extra potting soil to that old chipped mixing bowl and bam! :)


Sweet gorgeousness, right on my counter that perfectly hides that nasty chip. :)


I so love that I get to see my favorite mixing bowl every day now, and that it's lovely polka-dots {and my $7} didn't go to waste! :)

How do you repurpose your broken or chipped dishes? :D
Any creative ideas? I'd love to hear! 

Also, how do you keep these things alive long-term? 
The vine looking one keeps shedding all over my counter... ;)

Do you tend to hang on to broken items or throw/give them away?
I usually have no problem getting rid of broken things, but I couldn't let go of that polka-dot pot...lol!

8 comments

April McLeod said...

Ahhh! That's super cute! What a great idea!

faith said...

way to repurpose than throw it away! I am know to keep a few things that I love-- but haven't found the perfect solution yet :) I love the plant idea !!

Alisha said...

Such a cute idea!!

Rebekah @ Living && Learning said...

A very cute idea! When we've broken various plates etc I've broken them down into smaller pieces & used them with plaster to create garden stones etc. I like the way they've turned out, but it was kind of a pain to hang on to the broken pieces for a while until I was ready to do the project.

ShannonC said...

Love this idea! I have a ton of my Grammy's old Fiesta Ware and this would be a great use of some of it. Also, the shedding of the vine like plant is probably seeds. We have one that looks similar and does the same thing. My green thumb hubby told me it was reproducing.

Alexandra Consolver said...

Very cute! I love how you re-used something. So green. :) -Alexandra www.simplyalexandramyfavoritethings.blogspot.com

Stephanie Hudson said...

I like that. I had one of my favorite china pieces get chipped and haven't had the heart to get rid of it, thus could be the thing. I have used it during Easter season to put a little grass and eggs in as a center piece for the table. It was cute and chip was hidden.

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