How to make…..a button bowl

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Paint your tacky glue on half way up the balloon to the height you want your bowl. Leave to dry.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. When the bowl is fully dry you can pop the balloon!
  2. 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
  3. 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?


Lucy x


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