How to Make a Fire Bowl

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How to Make a Fire Bowl
Blue food colouring will make your fire bowl rock. (blue water image by OMKAR A.V from

Fire bowls are great patio decorations, but even the lower end models are pretty pricey and the higher-end models are 10 times as expensive. For less money than the lower quality models, you can build your own top-notch fire bowl. Build yourself a fire bowl with unique design--perhaps one in which the fire bowl rests in a pool of refreshing blue water. Your guests will be blown away by this impressively imaginative design that they can't run out and buy because it was homemade.

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Things you need

  • Flat 8 by 8 inch piece of sheet metal
  • Solid 20-inch long metal bar
  • Gorilla glue
  • Ceramic cooking bowl 4 inches deep
  • Ceramic planter 24 inches high
  • Polished rocks

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  1. 1

    Glue the solid 20-inch metal bar vertically to the centre of the flat piece of sheet metal using Gorilla Glue. Hold the bond in place and let the Gorilla Glue dry.

  2. 2

    Flip the ceramic cooking bowl upside down. Apply Gorilla Glue to the top of the 20-inch solid metal bar and place it on the centre of the bottom of the ceramic cooking bowl. Hold the connection in place and let the Gorilla Glue dry.

  3. 3

    Place Gorilla Glue on the bottom of the sheet metal, then set the sheet metal in the centre of the ceramic planter. Let the Gorilla Glue dry. The lip of the ceramic cooking bowl should be level with the top of the ceramic planter.

  4. 4

    Cover the bottom of the ceramic planter with polished rocks. Fill the ceramic planter half way with water, then add 10 drops of blue food colouring. This will make the water a noticeable, refreshing blue. For a deeper blue, add more food colouring. Resume filling the ceramic planter with water up to the top. Stopping the water flow at the halfway point before adding the food colouring will allow the food colouring to mix automatically when you resume filling the ceramic planter. Make sure the water does not overflow into the ceramic cooking bowl as this will be where you will light your fire.

Tips and warnings

  • Gorilla Glue is 100 per cent waterproof.

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