Button Bowl

Button Bowl

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Buttons – they just appear out of nowhere. If you’ve run out of art ideas with that heap of buttons, try making a bowl with it!

Button Bowl SamplesA button bowl can be used to store your kid’s accessories, as a candy bowl or as a coffee table centerpiece.

Button Bowl Samples

You can make yours even more different from the button bowls shown below by using other shaping models instead of a balloon!

Do you have a collection of buttons waiting for a project? :)

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  • Lots of Buttons
  • Balloon
  • Vase (or any container where you can stand the balloon)
  • White Glue (Elmer’s glue)
  • Paint brush


balloon - button bowl

Blow the balloon up to your desired size of the bowl.

Make it stand on the vase, while you brush half of the balloon with glue. Let it dry completely. This will serve as a protective coating for the bowl.

stick buttons - button bowl

When dry, brush with glue the second time around, and then stick the buttons one by one and as close to each other as possible.

dry glue - button bowl

After you have put all the buttons, leave it standing on the vase for around 5 hours to dry completely.

third coating of glue - button bowl

Then add a third coating of glue. Let id dry overnight. You can even do a fourth coating if you want to be sure of its strength. Just make sure you let it dry well before removing the balloon.

Button Bowl - finished product

Don’t pop the balloon! Use the scissors to make a small cut on it and gently let air out. And there you have it!

Thanks to Designs by Kristen for this cute project.



  1. How strong a bowl does this process create, please?

    Does it adequately hold, say, a dozen pieces of assorted fruit?

    Thanks for the project.