This step is totally optional. If you prefer you can leave your bowl as is. Concrete or metal would work great and hold up to the heat. Scuff up your plastic bowl with sandpaper so that the paint will adhere easier and then paint your bowl with 1-2 coats of paint. Chalk paint works great or you can use spray paint. The key is light even coats letting them dry in between. Once the paint is dry, use the Rustoleum texture spray to spray even coats on the bowl. You can build the layers until you are satisfied with the look. The texture spray gives it a gritty texture that resembles stone.
Fill the base of the bowl with sand. This will act as a heat barrier between the fire canister and the bowl and give the bowl some weight so that it won’t tip over when in use outside. I filled my bowl 3/4 of the way up with sand.
Add your fire canister to the middle of the the sand and swirl it around until it’s buried deep enough in the sand that the top is level with the top of your bowl. Then add in your filler material. You can use rocks, fire pebbles, fire glass, etc. Make sure you choose something that isn’t flammable incase the flames blow in the wind.
Simply fill the center with rubbing alcohol or citronella oil and light with a lighter. Now you have a DIY tabletop fire bowl to enjoy on your patio!
Total cost: $75