Button Bowls

  • Flat buttons of fun colors and sizes
    (Sue Says: Smaller buttons tend to stick better.)
  • Balloons
  • Cup, can, or jar to balance balloon while it dries
    (Sue Says: Pick an item that you do not mind getting glue on.)
  • White ElmerÍs glue or Tacky glue
    (Sue Says: Any glue that dries clear will work.)
  • Large paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Patience

STEP ONE: Blow up balloon to the desired size of bowl. Place balloon knot side down into cup, can or jar

STEP TWO: Cover the top half of the balloon with glue using the paintbrush. (Sue Says: You may have to alternate holding the balloon by the knot for a few minutes and then setting it back into your jar in order to evenly coat the glue.)

STEP THREE: Let glue dry completely (Sue Says: The glue will create a layer of rubber-like protection between the balloon and the layer of buttons.)

STEP FOUR: Apply a second coat of glue using your paintbrush starting at the top of the balloon and working down towards the knot of the balloon. Attach buttons to this layer of glue as close together as they can fit

STEP FIVE: Continue to add the second layer of glue and attach buttons until half of the balloon is covered

STEP SIX: Once all buttons are attached, turn the balloon upside down in the jar so the knot is in the air and the buttons are balanced on the lip of the jar (Sue Says: This will prevent the button from sliding down the balloon while it is drying!)

STEP SEVEN: Let the layer of glue and buttons dry completely (Sue Says: Usually takes about four to five hours.)

STEP EIGHT: Once the second layer of glue and buttons is dry, place the balloon knot side down and coat the buttons with a third layer of glue

STEP NINE: Let the third layer of glue dry completely (Sue Says: I usually let it sit over night and apply a fourth layer of glue to strengthen the bowl even more)

STEP TEN: When the bowl is completely dry, place the balloon upside down with the knot in the air. Use a scissor to cut the knot on the balloon and let the air out slowly. (Sue Says: Sometimes the glue will have dripped down so just peel it back and use the scissor to snip any unwanted glue bits away from the buttons edge.)

STEP ELEVEN:Place on your kitchen or dining room table with some fresh fruit and let the kiddos enjoy!

Craft Buttons
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