Instead Of Throwing Away Pieces Of A Broken Bowl, Transform Them Into Gorgeous Kintsugi Art

by Caroline Hockenbury
Caroline is an editorial intern who enjoys running, making origami, and beatboxing (simultaneously).

Once something breaks, it will never be the same again. Everyone who has ever accidentally knocked over a vase or dropped dinnerware has confronted this unfortunate truth.

Sometimes, though, you can repurpose a shattered object and transform it into something truly beautiful.

This is the central idea behind kintsugi — a 500-year-old Japanese art form focused on fixing broken pottery. The process involves adhering shattered pieces back together using gold lacquer. Most of the time, the reconstructed version is even more attractive than the original!

Kintsugi allows you to take something broken and give it a new, artistic function. The art form encourages people to look for beauty in something they might otherwise find unsalvageable or worthless. Have you ever turned trash into treasure?

Check out the directions below to learn how to make your own kintsugi pottery today! These gorgeous pieces would look stunning on any household shelf or mantle. Will you give this craft a try?


  • broken pottery
  • gold paint
  • paintbrush
  • high-strength adhesive


  1. Paint each edge of the broken pottery with gold paint.
  2. Then, brush over the gold paint using a strong adhesive.
  3. Firmly press the pieces back together until the adhesive sticks.
  4. Allow the pottery to dry before displaying.

For more in-depth instructions, watch the instructional video below. Please SHARE this resourceful craft with your friends and family on Facebook, too!

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