Happy Hump Day everyone! I hope you are having a better day that me, bit manic and busy today, but on the upside, I have managed to finish this How To and write it up, so I have managed at least one productive thing today!
I came across a version of this Button Bowl on Pinterest and I just had to try it out. I really wasn’t convinced that it would work! The idea that you can make a bowl that will stand up properly with just some buttons and some glue seems crazy! It did seem like a cute project to make though, that would be fun to do with the kids or to make for someone as a quirky one of a kind gift, so I have given it a go!
Plus it was really very inexpensive, especially if you have lots of buttons lying around already (My name is Lucy, and I am a buttonaholic…..)
What you will need:
- 1 Balloon
- Colourful small buttons
- Tacky glue
- Paint brush
- Small pot
What to do:
- Blow up the balloon to the size you want the bowl to be. Place it knotted end down onto a small pot which will be ok if you get a little glue on – I used an empty yoghurt pot.
- Paint your tacky glue on half way up the balloon to the height you want your bowl. Leave to dry.
- Repeat step 2 for another coat – the more coats that you apply the stronger the bowl will be, but also the less see through it will be so you will have to decide on a compromise for the layers! I went for 2 coats.
- After your second/last coat of glue, start adding your buttons. You want to place them as close together as you can, so this will take a little bit of fiddling if you used unusual shaped buttons like I did. Also, note that the smaller the buttons the better they will stick to the curve of the balloon – if you use buttons that are too big they will only stick in the middle of the button.
- Once all of your buttons are attached and the glue layer has dried cover the buttons in a couple more layers of glue, letting each one dry before applying another. The first layer over the top I applied quite liberally to make sure I got glue into all the cracks inbetween the buttons so that they were well stuck to each other, the second layer didnt need to be so thick.
- When the bowl is fully dry you can pop the balloon!
- Peel off the remaining bits of the balloon from inside then trim the edges of the bowl where there are any excess bits of glue sticking out from the buttons – this just gives it a nice clean finish
- Finally I put my bowl right side up with something heavy sat in the bottom of the bowl just to entice it to flatten on the bottom
So, it takes a little time as you have to keep waiting for glue layers to dry, but that’s it! And it does really work! The bowl is a bit bendy at the edges still, however it will hold things perfectly well and I think looks pretty cool! Just remember that it isn’t waterproof!! Also, you probably shouldnt keep food in it…
I’m not sure what I am going to do with mine now, but I do think it’s fun! It would be great to make in pinks or purples for a tween to keep trinkets in I think!
What do you think? Do you like the Button Bowl? Do you think you would use it?