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Button Dish

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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 Hours Cost: $7 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!
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  • Hillela G.
    Hillela G.
    on Oct 28, 2016

    I love this idea!

  • Brenda  S.
    Brenda S. North Brunswick, NJ
    on Oct 28, 2016

    So great! Looks super cute :)

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Oct 28, 2016

    Darling!

  • Mickey B. & Boo Boo
    Mickey B. & Boo Boo
    on Oct 29, 2016

    Well if this isn't the cutest idea for a fun craft on a rainy day! Thanks!

  • Concepcion00
    Concepcion00
    on Oct 29, 2016

    I loved this. I really think I will do this project with my daughter. Thank you.

  • Katrina
    Katrina Killeen, TX
    on Oct 29, 2016

    Very cute love it !!!!

  • Mark T
    Mark T Marblehead, MA
    on Oct 30, 2016

    I LUV this project so much! Such a great idea. I really think I'll try this one.

  • Maura White
    Maura White Conesus, NY
    on Oct 30, 2016

    Super cute! I have the exact same button set from Amazon already!

  • Cute as a button!

  • Deb Briggs
    Deb Briggs Kalamazoo, MI
    on Nov 3, 2016

    Cute!

  • Cass
    Cass Valley City, OH
    on Nov 3, 2016

    I probably won't do this, I have too much "stuff." I do think this is really clever.

  • Brenda
    Brenda Levering, MI
    on Nov 3, 2016

    Great idea!

  • Janice Koontz
    Janice Koontz Wichita, KS
    on Nov 3, 2016

    Maybe use up mothers button's . I know all my friends have their mothers button box. I have been using them on many projects. I had three containers, now only one.

  • Dl.leplat
    Dl.leplat San Jose, CA
    on Nov 3, 2016

    What a creative idea!

  • Tess
    Tess Brooklyn, NY
    on Nov 3, 2016

    Brilliant idea

  • Theresa Wiberg
    Theresa Wiberg
    on Nov 3, 2016

    Love this idea !!鉂わ笍鉂わ笍鉂わ笍鉂わ笍

  • Karen swift
    Karen swift United Kingdom
    on Nov 3, 2016

    so cute ...the amount of things ive pinned ill never do a 1/3rd of them ,,unless i live another 200yrs lol but love the idea and guess what ...yes pinterest

  • Nancy.phelps
    Nancy.phelps Oak Park, IL
    on Nov 3, 2016

    Could this be done in an evening? I have a girls craft night and this would be such a cute idea!

  • Paula Guy
    Paula Guy Winter Haven, FL
    on Nov 3, 2016

    This is perfect to do with my grands over winter break from school. It will keep them occupied and they'll have a pretty gift for their Mom. Thanks!

  • Toni
    Toni Wayne, NJ
    on Nov 3, 2016

    I love this! Have buttons from my mother and grandmother and am definitely making this bowl.

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