Don’t just throw it away! Let us show you how to upcycle your Chick-fil-A Spicy Southwest Salad bowl into a unique shadowbox frame.
I periodically receive perks as part of the Chick-fil-A Mom Panel. In celebration of Mother’s Day, Chick-fil-A treated us moms to their new Spicy Southwest Salad…but it came with a challenge. The note accompanying our gifts said, “After using your offer card to try the new Spicy Southwest Salad, take the empty (and washed!) salad bowl and lid and turn it into something.” They suggested a couple ideas to get the creativity flowing, but left the possibilities wide open.
I, of course, went right out to my local Chick-fil-A to claim my treat–and boy, what a delicious one it is! I lived 30+ years in Texas, so food with Southwest flair is on my list of favorites. Living in Florida now, it’s really hard to find good Southwest dishes, and I have to say, Chick-fil-A did not let me down! The salad itself consists of fresh greens and garden vegetables. It’s topped with thinly sliced grilled chicken, and it comes with seasoned tortilla strips, chili lime pepitas (pumpkin seeds), and your choice of dressing (I prefer the Avocado Lime Ranch). It is a generous portion and makes for a filling–and delightful–lunch!
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So I took the dish home, cleaned it out, and left it on the counter. It sat there for two weeks before inspiration finally hit. I didn’t want to use it to store things or organize things. I wanted to transform it! I held it, turned it, studied it from all angles, and then I realized I was holding a miniature baseball stadium.
We’re a baseball family. My older son played throughout high school and now helps coach my younger son’s travel ball team. (Their sister doesn’t play, but she’s their biggest fan!) When the bowl is rotated at an angle, it’s shaped like a baseball diamond, and its’ steep sides are just right for rows of stadium seats. Throw in some grass, a dirt infield, foul lines, and bases, and voila! We now have a very special, one-of-a-kind shadowbox photo frame.
Here’s how you can make one too:
First, gather your supplies. You will need the following:
- 1 empty, clean Spicy Southwest Salad bowl from Chick-fil-A
- green felt or craft foam
- thick blue yarn
- 1 natural (brown) paper coffee filter, unused
- 1 white chenille craft stick
- scraps of white felt
- cool-temp hot glue gun and extra glue sticks
- Elmer’s school glue
- 1 small picture hanger
Once you have your materials ready, the rest is pretty simple. Here’s what to do:
- Measure and cut green felt or foam (I used foam) to fit inside bottom of bowl. Then, hot-glue it into place.
- Wrap the yarn around inside sides of bowl in rows, working from the bottom up. I ran a strip of glue one side at a time, gently placing the yarn, until it reached four stadium “levels.” Then I cut the yarn and tacked it down with glue.
- Next, cut a portion from a rounded natural paper coffee filter to create the dirt for the infield. You may want to trace it on regular paper first. For mine, it was trial and error until I got the look I was going for. I also use the coffee filter to make a small circle at home plate and a smaller circle for the pitching mound. Then I glued the paper down onto the field with Elmer’s glue. Make sure it goes at an angle to produce a baseball diamond!
- After that, cut and place chenille craft stick pieces down the baselines, securing them with hot glue.
- Then, snip out of white felt a rectangle for the batter’s box, three small squares for bases, and one tiny rectangle for the pitching rubber and secure them with hot glue.
- Optional: Decorate the outfield. I decorated the outfield with my son’s team logo (SL for South Lake) to resemble how they mow the grass in special designs on professional ball fields. For this, I trimmed and shaped the chenille stick and secured it with hot glue. You may leave this step out or create your own design.
- And finally, print and trim pictures, and glue them into place.
I just need to glue a picture hanger on the back, and it’s all ready to mount on the wall next to my son’s medals and trophies. By the way, we decided the bowl’s lid can be a retractable dome for rainy days, lol!
So there you have it. I hope you like our craft and that it has inspired you to upcycle your would-be trash into something creative and new!
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