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The Natural Beauty of Wooden Fruit Bowls

Updated on April 3, 2017
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I strive to balance aesthetics, functionality and quality with costs when planning DIY projects in the home and garden.

Fruit in bowl wooden
Fruit in bowl wooden
Enrico 2225H Root Wood Medium Bowl with Handles
Enrico 2225H Root Wood Medium Bowl with Handles

Fruit and Serving Bowl with handles made from reclaimed fir stumps, as each one is hand carved no two bowls is identical. Knotholes and minor cracks are the nature of source material and adds to the charm, as does the fabulous wood grain and colour. So these bowls are as much decorative as they are practical; and can be used for serving salads as well as displaying your fruit; about 11 inches across and 6 inches high.

 

Natural Beauty of Wood

I love the natural look and feel of wood; I think theres nothing better than the natural look of wooden fruit bowls to display nature's fruits in your home and kitchen. They come in all shapes and sizes and makes great gifts.

This article is about our collection and how we use them for displaying our fruits; I look at their other uses and consider a few ideas for making your own. I also look at what's available and give a choice selection with recommendations and short review comment for each.

They are decorative and functional and have many uses including the display of your fruits on the sideboard, serve salads from the kitchen to the dining table, and to present a wide range of tasty treats, nibbles and appetising food snacks at your BBQ, garden or house parties.

With my love of wood, and with it being such a natural choice to hold natures fruits this article showcases my collection to highlights their use. I also give a review and make recommendations for a choice selection befitting for any sideboard or table display; and by doing so I endeavour to demonstrate their multifunctional use in the kitchen, on the dining table and at BBQ parties for serving salads, nuts, savoury snacks, and chocolates.

Types of Wood for Fruit Bowls

Fruit bowls can be made from a variety of woods, the type of wood affecting its quality, charm, durability and functionality. Two woods I find particularly charming for fruit bowls being Root Wood which has a rustic charm and Olive Wood which although not waterproof has a very pleasing quality finish.

Root Wood

Core Root Crafts and made from Root

Bowls made from root wood rather than the trunk have a natural charm and rustic look. Each one is individually crafted so unique with its own added charm making them just as ideal as decorative showpieces as much as a functional use of serving salads or using as fruit bowls.

French Handcrafted Olive Wood

Quality and Handmade in France

Made in France from the finest Olive Wood, so a quality product and being handmade each one is unique. These wooden bowls are not waterproof so for dry foods only.

Berard Olive-Wood Handcrafted Fruit Bowl, 12 Inch
Berard Olive-Wood Handcrafted Fruit Bowl, 12 Inch

A top of the range handcrafted fruit bowl which could also be used for serving salads. Handmade in France from the finest quality olive wood so each one is original.

 

Fruit is Art

Showcase Your Fruits

We enjoy our fruit, usually eaten within the week during which time we need to keep it safe and fresh somewhere, whether it be in a plastic, metal, wood, glass, and ceramic or chinaware containers; and because of its natural beauty I believe fruit should be on display until it’s consumed.

I think fruit is artistic; and it comes in a wide range of shapes, texture and colours; the orange colour of oranges, greens and reds of apples, pears, purple plums, yellow bananas and the dark reds and lime greens of grapes.

For me this is Natural ART and as such should be on display, to be seen by all as an aesthetic centre piece, and not just pushed to one side in any old container not to be seen. And for displaying this fine artwork wood is such a natural and great material, which in itself can be a fine piece of Art worthy to showcase, even when empty and not in use.

One thing I’m not so keen on is artificial apples and other painted fruits made from wood just for show; its serves not functional purpose and I think that’s taking things a little too far.

Wooden Fruit Bowls is Art Décor

They Comes in all Shapes and Sizes

Wood is such a versatile and artistic material that can be moulded into any shape and carved which adds to its beauty.

Below is a showcase of my favourite fruit bowls which we keep on display on our sideboard. As you will see, one is made from solid wood, another has an ornate chequered finish in two tones, while another is plaited wood; and the two on either end of the sideboard are made with great cat motif carvings on their handles.

I do have a preference and a favourite. My favourite is the light and dark chequered fruit bowl, it's sold wood, has a simple yet pleasing and artistic shape to it and just looks great in any setting.

However my preference is dependent on use; when we have lots of fruit in the summer and autumn then the chequered wood and plaited fruit bowls are ideal, for smaller displays during the winter months then the two wooden baskets with carved and cat motif handles are ideal. In summary, they all look great with each one adding to the displays, and in their own special way are unique.

Our Family of Wooden Fruit Bowls

Fruit Bowl Family
Fruit Bowl Family
Berard Olive-Wood Handcrafted Bowl, Set of 6
Berard Olive-Wood Handcrafted Bowl, Set of 6

Nest of 6 French Olive Wood handcrafted bowls, each one sitting inside the next for storage; small but attractive, the smallest being less than 2 inches and the largest just over 6. This set is made from a single piece of high quality olive wood with no two being identical. Not that practical for fruit or salads but ideal for small dry ingredients or savoury snacks at parties.

 

Versatile, Artistic and Functional

As you will see from the photos we have four bowls in our collection, handy for the variety of fruit we buy and consume throughout the year, and especially when prices are low or we have a glut from our garden in the autumn when harvesting our own fruits from our mini orchard. To be able to display your own fruits picked fresh from the garden in great looking bowls until eaten certainly brings a bit of nature into the home.

I haven't tried making my own wooden fruit bowl or wicker basket yet as I don't have the right tools, materials or skills at this time; other than to make just a simple wooden box. However I’d love to get hold of a coconut shell (a half shell), clean it out and add a small wooden base or a few little feet for stability. I think this would make a great looking rustic and functional readymade wooden fruit bowl. It might not be that big but it would certainly be ideal for keeping grapes; it would also be fun making. Although there are plenty of rustic looking wooden fruit bowls that you could buy which would just look great; and I think the rustic look is really cool and works just about anywhere as a great display.

Great for Serving Salads

And for keeping Christmas Nuts and Chocolates

If you grow your own fruits then during the summer and autumn you'll have plenty of harvested fruits to display in your fruit bowls. At other times, particularly the winter months your wooden fruit bowls needn't stay empty as there are always plenty of other goodies to display; particular over the Christmas period when the fruit bowls can also be used to display a selection of nuts, sweets and bars of chocolate.

At other times the wooden bowls are great for serving savouries and salads and make great salad bowls; so your wooden bowls, whether you use them for fruits, salads, nuts, chocolate bars or other goodies will always be handy to have in the kitchen and around the home and you can never have too many as their uses are so diverse.

Christmas chocolate in a fruit bowl
Christmas chocolate in a fruit bowl

Make Your Own Art Dcor from Salvaged Wood

And Enhance Your Fruit Display on Your Sideboard

I love repurposing old scrap and recycled wood in DIY projects, I don't have a lathe or the aspirate tools to make my own bowls but one Christmas I did salvage a bit of trunk at the base end of Christmas tree with the intention of crafting it into a simple piece of crated artwork. For the moment it's on display on our sideboard, and looks quite good just as it is. My intention, when I get a spare moment is to really transform it into something really special and then it can stand proud side by side with our fruit bowls. I hope this inspires others to not discard pieces of waste wood with potential but instead put it to one side and at your leisure craft it into something special; which can be great fun and very rewarding.

You may notice in the photo of the sideboard, on the right hand side a small lump of wood. This is the end of the stump from a Christmas tree which I cut off last year and kept simply because it has character. Later, when I have a spare weekend I intend to decorate it with a lick of paint and perhaps a bit of simple carving or other craft work to remodel it into a real piece of artwork. It should then look just great sitting on the sideboard next to all our wooden fruit bowls, and will add an aesthetic touch to the whole of the display in our dining room. If you like this idea perhaps you'll find a few choice ornaments to complement wooden bowls and make a real display on your sideboard.

Wood with Artistic Potential
Wood with Artistic Potential

What Do You Use Yours For?

Fruits, Nuts or Salad

Do you have any wooden bowls and if so do you display fruit in them or just use them for serving salads.

If you have or if you had a wood food bowl what would you mostly use it for?

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Our Own Collection on Display - All Shapes and Sizes

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Chequered light and dark solid wood with bananas and orangesChequered light and dark solid wood with banana, oranges, apples and plumsChequered light and dark solid wood fruit bowl with nuts for ChristmasPlaited wooden with oranges and bananasCarved handle and applesCat shaped with plumsA family of wooden fruit bowls on the sideboard packed with fruit and nuts
Chequered light and dark solid wood with bananas and oranges
Chequered light and dark solid wood with bananas and oranges
Chequered light and dark solid wood with banana, oranges, apples and plums
Chequered light and dark solid wood with banana, oranges, apples and plums
Chequered light and dark solid wood fruit bowl with nuts for Christmas
Chequered light and dark solid wood fruit bowl with nuts for Christmas
Plaited wooden with oranges and bananas
Plaited wooden with oranges and bananas
Carved handle and apples
Carved handle and apples
Cat shaped with plums
Cat shaped with plums
A family of wooden fruit bowls on the sideboard packed with fruit and nuts
A family of wooden fruit bowls on the sideboard packed with fruit and nuts

Your Tips, Ideas Comments - What is your view on storing and displaying your fruit?

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      Marika 4 years ago from Cyprus

      These sound delicious!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What an inviting presentation of wooden fruit and salad bowls and I love that you saved a piece of your Christmas tree stump for a little wooden character added to your collection. I agree, fruit is bought to be eaten and in the meantime we get to have it as a lovely, natural display. Wonderfully done!

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I like to use a wooden bowl for nuts at Christmas

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      VspaBotanicals 3 years ago

      Wooden bowls are natural, unlike the plastic ones. I have so many wooden bowls for everything. I love the selections here. Thanks for sharing!

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      Arthur Russ 6 days ago from England

      Thanks for all your comments; which is always appreciated.

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