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If you're looking for a fun project to do with your littles, or just for yourself, this is one to add to your list. It's a little time consuming because of drying time, but it's super inexpensive (possibly FREE for some who may have all the supplies on hand), really easy to make, and the result is so cute!
Time: 4-5 Hours Cost: $7-10 Difficulty: Easy
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SUPPLIES:
-buttons (I used 100)
-Elmer's glue
-Mod Podge
-balloon
-paint brush
-scissors (optional)
Not pictured:
-roll of painter's tape
-straight pin
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STEP 1: Blow up balloon
To start, I blew up a balloon. This proved to be more difficult for me than I had anticipated as I can't remember the last time I blew a balloon--it was pretty comical to witness. Anyway, I blew up a balloon to where it was about medium size--still had some squish to it.
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STEP 2: Set up balloon and apply Elmer's glue
Next, I grabbed a roll of painter's tape I had on hand to use as a stand for my balloon...
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...I tried sitting the balloon as straight up as I could on the roll of tape which ended up being pretty good for a stand.
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Once my balloon was set up, I applied a layer of Elmer's glue...
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I used a paint brush to spread the glue around and then let it sit for about two hours to fully dry. The Elmer's glue created a coating on the balloon so that the buttons wouldn't slide off while I applying Mod Podge.
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STEP 4: Apply Mod Podge & add buttons
Next, I used my [clean] paint brush to apply Mod Podge and started adding my buttons. I chose a slightly larger button to put in the middle of what would be the bottom of my dish in order to help it sit nicely when in use.
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I didn't use much of a pattern except to try and make sure every button touched another. I tried to keep the buttons evenly distributed around the big button in the middle and continued adding buttons until they were all applied to the balloon.
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After all of my buttons were adhered to the balloon, I applied 2 more coats of Mod Podge--letting each coat dry fully before applying another.
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STEP 5: Pop balloon
Once the Mod Podge was all dry, I flipped my balloon over so that the dish/bowl was sitting right-side-up on the roll of tape; then, using a straight pin, I popped the balloon.
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After I popped the balloon, I carefully pulled it out of the dish--it pretty much peeled off on it's own but I had a few spots that I had to pull a little. I was prepared to use scissors to cut off the excess glue on the edges of the dish but I was able to just gently pull it off.
I contemplated making this dish with the designs of the buttons being on the outside but I'm glad I went with this way because of how shallow the dish ended up being--you wouldn't have been able to see the pretty designs had I flipped the buttons the other way.
Overall, I'm pretty happy with the way this cute little dish turned out--it's perfect for holding my wedding bands and other little things on my nightstand when they're not being worn/used.
*The time it took to create this dish was approximately 4-5 hours but that time includes drying time. This is really an easy project!

Materials I used for this project:

  • Buttons   (Amazon)
  • Elmer's glue   (Michaels)
  • Mod Podge   (on hand (from Michaels))
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  • Linda Holmes Keating

    Love this! ❤ I too have a button loving friend who I am going to share this with!

  • Sue Mazza

    Hi - I thought I'd try this project over the holidays if my two grown daughters (24 and 27) got bored. Well, one daughter had already left town to go home and my younger daughter and I got to discussing it. We were at our lake house and she said -

    • Bernice H
      Bernice H Woodburn, OR

      I love this! Well done! I bought a jar of sea glass just because they are so pretty. Love this idea. I had thought to glue them to Windows...your bowl is so pretty!

  • Cathy Kirkman
    Cathy Kirkman Eden, NC

    Thank you for this idea. My next project

  • Jojodalber

    For sure! I am going to try it as soon as I find that mod podge. I have the other ingredients already.

  • Mary Ann Gundersen
    Mary Ann Gundersen Sunderland, MA

    I just inherited my mother-in-law's old button tin with hundreds of old buttons. I think this will be such a nice way to use some of them.

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