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How to make a bowl out of buttons

Nichole Beaudry strives to capture the wonder, beauty, and whimsy in the small moments with her children. She earned her undergraduate degree in English from The University of Texas and her master’s in English from California State Un...

Turn those loose buttons into art

What can you do with just a bunch of colorful buttons, some school glue and a bit of patience? Pinterest has the answer -- you can use a beautiful piece of art as inspiration and create your own bowl of buttons.

Button Bowl

I recently fell in love with a bowl I saw on Pinterest that was made of translucent buttons by artist Iñigo Cañedo (see original pin source).

I repinned the bowl and it’s one of those images that I haven’t been able to get out of my mind ever since.

I’m probably one of the few people who doesn’t have a stash of old buttons. So to make this project, I had to go on a hunt for pretty buttons. I had the rest of what I needed on hand.

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Button Bowl supplies

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Buttons
  • Glue
  • A hemispheric mold (I used a curved Tupperware lid) 
  • Release agent (I used aluminum foil)

Here’s what you’ll do:

Button bowl

Line your hemispheric mold with aluminum foil. You can use the inside or outside of your mold. I chose the inside and think that the weight of the buttons resting against each other made things easier.

Button bowl

Pour some glue onto a plate and dip the edge of your button into the glue. (I dipped them in two spots so they’d adhere to the buttons on either side of them.

Button bowl

Place your first button in the center and place remaining buttons on either side until you have completed your bowl. I completed one line at a time so that I could be sure they were straight.

Button bowl

Allow your bowl to dry completely. I left mine to dry overnight. Gently peel the aluminum foil from the bowl.

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Tips for making a button bowl:

Play with different colors of buttons. Try creating fun patterns with a variety of different colors, including translucent buttons.

Try making differnt sizes of bowls. Small bowls are perfect for kids' rooms, larger bowls can make a gorgeous centerpiece.

Use Mod Podge to create a smooth, shiny finish.

If you can’t find a good selection of buttons locally, you can find them for a great price on Amazon.

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