How to Repair Wooden Decorative Bowls

What You'll Need
Disposable bowl
Wood glue (for decorative bowls)
Non-Toxic glue (for bowls holding food items)
Cigarette paper
Sanding paper
Olive oil or lacquer (depending on use of bowl)

Wooden decorative bowls can complement many different interior design styles. Unfortunately, natural materials will inevitably pick up small chips or cracks through general wear and tear. If your wooden bowls have developed fractures, follow these 5 easy repair steps to bring them back to life.

Step 1 - Preparing the Crack

You will need to open the crack slightly so that it is easy to apply glue to both surfaces of the fissure. Carefully pry open the slit using a toothpick. Be sure to proceed slowly and gently because if you use too much force, the bowl could crack in half and your bowl will have gone from a manageable repair to a major restoration project.

Step 2 - Diluting the Glue

Squeeze out the required of glue into a disposable bowl and add water (remember to choose non-toxic glue if the bowl is used to hold or prepare food). Mix until the liquid looks milky but not watery. Next, take a piece of cigarette paper and submerge one edge into the glue mixture. Be sure to let the excess drip off so there will be minimal levels of spillage onto your bowl.

Step 3 - Gluing the Crack

Place the edge of the glue-soaked cigarette paper into the gap; the wet paper will allow the glue to enter into any crevices on the surface of the crack. If the fracture is longer than a piece of cigarette paper, simply repeat this step as many times as necessary, always starting at the base of the split. Gently close the crack around the paper but be careful not to squeeze too hard as this will force the glue out of the fracture. Push the split together gently and leave unattended until the glue has completely dried.

Step 4 - Trimming the Paper

Once the glue is dry, cut the excess paper as close to the bowl as you can. You may need to gently sand the area surrounding the repair in order to get the paper level with the surface of the bowl.

Step 5 - Staining/Finishing

Staining will not only ensure a beautiful finish, but will help seal the crack and protect the rest of the bowl for future use. It is important that you choose the right finish for your bowl. If the bowl isn't going to be used for food items, you can use any stain or lacquer you like. If the bowl is being used to hold food, use olive oil instead. For ongoing maintenance, look to stain your bowls on an infrequent basis with your chosen finish by brushing it on the bowl and leaving overnight. If you are using olive oil, wipe the bowl with a dry paper towel the day after application before returning to use.

Taking care of your wooden decorative bowls is simple once you have established this simple technique and you'll soon see how regular oil treatments can revitalize your wooden bowls and improve their longevity.