Make  faux pewter bird and pedestal bowl with this technique.Turn dollar store items into faux pewter decor.

Can you believe that this rich looking pedestal bowl cost less than $5 to make?  And that it’s made of glass, not silver?  Read on to learn how you can recreate this look yourself!

How to make a faux pewter bowl

I started with three items from the Dollar Tree:  the bird (I removed it’s wire legs), the candle holder, and the candle stick.  I also used Rockin Beads Brand, 700 Frosted Mix Lily Flower Acrylic Beads, E-6000, white spray paint, Krylon Shimmer Metallic Spray Paint Silver Shimmer, and Deco Art crafters acrylic paint in black.

supplies used for faux pewter bowl
First I glued the plate, candle stick, and bird together using E6000.
how to glue resin to glass with E-6000

The next day I glued on the flowers, also using E6000.
I let it dry for one day and then primed the entire project with inexpensive white spray paint (not pictured).

silver spray paint on glass

I used the Krylon metallic paint to cover the entire project.

dry brush black paint onto silver bird

Use a sponge brush or a dry bristle brush to cover one section at a time with black acrylic paint.

how to rub off excess paint

Gently rub off the excess paint with a dry washcloth.  Work in small sections.  If you make a mistake, just add more paint and then rub it off again.  Repeat this process to cover the entire project (bird, bowl, and pedestal).

close up of faux pewter bird

Here is a close up of the finished bird.  Doesn’t it look like aged silver?

a side view of faux pewter dish
dollar tree faux pewter DIY
 I truly love the end result of this faux pewter bird bowl and cannot wait to make more of these!  I hope you’ll give this fast, frugal, FABULOUS project a try!
If you like this project then you might also enjoy my PLASTIC TO PEWTER tutorial.
Check out my tutorials page for more dollar store  crafting and glass painting projects.
how to make plastic look like pewter

This project was inspired by this piece at One King’s Lane.


  1. Im so doing this. Gonna take it one step further. I just finished (other than painting) my new sewing/craft room today. This would be amazing with an insert to make it a pin cushion.


  2. One Kings lane has nothing on this one. Fantastic job and oh so cute. Thanks for sharing witht he copy cat party.

  3. Wow, I think this is so cool…it reminds me of an Arthur Court design!

    Linking from Debbiedoo’s,
    Ricki Jill

  4. How cute! You did an awesome job!! I will have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing and the inspiration. Hope you are having a wonderful day, Gail

  5. Wow! It looks fabulous!! I think I need to try this! Thanks for sharing! I’m following you now- can’t wait to see more projects. 🙂

  6. I just had to visit to see how you made this amazing piece. I just can’t believe how super it looks. Just popping over from One Artsy Mama to see this little birdie:) I would love for you to share this at Freedom Fridays. So hoping to see you and your cookies there!
    PS Still enjoying following you.

  7. Wow!! That is so pretty! I can’t believe that is glass! I totally thought it was sliver to begin with. Amazing!!! Thanks so much for entering this into the Project Pinterest Challenge! Best of luck to you!

  8. What can I say that hasn’t been said? I’ll just say it again, this is just so cute! What a great project, and it would make a wonderful gift, thanks for sharing! I’m never sure what glue to use, do you use this one often? Where did you get it? Thanks!

  9. AMAZING! thank you so much for sharing AND for the great ‘how to’!!! found you via pinterest…now to check out the REST of your blog!!!

  10. Wow!! Very cool! I can’t believe that originally really ugly bird turned out looking so good, lol. It really does look like silver! Nicely done, Morena. 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays!

  11. This is so cute~~and what a great idea! Question….where did you find the resin flowers? I have to make one of these…just perfect for tea party decorations! Thank you so much for sharing this cute little project.

  12. This is about my fourth or fifth visit, I still can not believe how perfect this came out! It is amazing that a plain little bird and bowl was redone into that beautiful silver piece. Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays. Have a fabulous week!

  13. Such a great project! I’d love to use this technique for something out in my garden. If you’re looking for another place to share your awesome tutorials, head on over to Etcetorize. Would love to see you there!

  14. OH. MY. GOODNESS. Fantastic!!! One of those projects that makes you go: why didn’t I think of that??? bravo!!!
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original Round Up party is open!

  15. No way! This is fantastic. For the sake of continuity in our colour scheme I’d have to go with white if I was to try this project (who am I kidding? WHEN I try this project asap, obviously), but your silver version looks a million bucks. Way to go from cheap and kitschy to pretty and stylish! Onto my pinterest right after posting this comment.

  16. What a clever idea! It turned out so well and I never would have thought it began life as inexpensive, mismatched items.

  17. Hi – I saw this on Knock Off Decor. I have to tell you how absolutely darling, not to mention cleaver that is. AND yours is much nicer than the piece on One King’s Lane. I’m just saying 🙂

  18. I just saw your project on Knock off Decor and had to visit to tell you that yours is _way_ better than the original!! Given the opportunity to have either, I would choose yours any day!! I love it and will be giving it a try myself! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity!!

  19. I love this! If it wasn’t poring down rain I would go to the Dollar Tree right now! I found you through Knock off Decor, thank you for sharing. I agree yours is way better!

    A new follower,

  20. This little pedestal is a hit! Who would ever guess the beginning of the project. And I love the fact anyone can grab this idea and go with it. Thank you so much of sharing. Off to the store…

  21. That’s awesome and you done such a professional job on it. Congrats on winning the $Tree challenge, you definitely deserve it.

  22. This is too beautiful for words! Such creativeness! LOVE! and DOING THIS!
    Congrats on your Pinterest Challenge nomination for this project 🙂

  23. Morena, congratulations on being in the top 3 for the Pinterest Challenge. That little bird is just too sweet!

  24. Wow it looks just great! I love how you have been so creative and taking three different -notsonice- pieces and turning it into one beautidul piece! And I love the en result on the bird! Looks so “proffesional”.

  25. what a difference!! I love the possibilities with this. I’m going to be looking at items at the dollar store much differently now 😉

  26. Love this. Couldn’t imagine how you made it when I saw it on Pinterest. Figured it was a yard sale find or something. Just wondering, was the birdie plastic? And how has the paint held up since you made this? Did any of it flake or chip off? I so hope not because I would love to make something like this too.


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