How to make…..A Button Bowl

Happy Hump Day everyone! I hope you are having a better day that me, everything seems to be going wrong! But on the upside, I have managed to finish this How To and write it up, so I have managed at least one productive thing today!


I came across a version of this Button Bowl on Pinterest and I just had to try it out. I really wasn’t convinced that it would work! The idea that you can make a bowl that will stand up properly with just some buttons and some glue seems crazy! It did seem like a cute project to make though, that would be fun to do with the kids or to make for someone as a quirky one of a kind gift, so I have given it a go!

Plus it was really very inexpensive, especially if you have lots of buttons lying around already (I myself am a button hoarder…..)

What you will need:

  • 1 Balloon
  • Colourful small buttons
  • Tacky glue
  • Paint brush
  • Small pot


What to do:

  1. Blow up the balloon to the size you want the bowl to be. Place it knotted end down onto a small pot which will be ok if you get a little glue on – I used an empty yoghurt pot.
  2. Paint your tacky glue on half way up the balloon to the height you want your bowl. Leave to dry.image
  3. Repeat step 2 for another coat – the more coats that you apply the stronger the bowl will be, but also the less see through it will be so you will have to decide on a compromise for the layers! I went for 2 coats.
  4. After your second/last coat of glue, start adding your buttons. You want to place them as close together as you can, so this will take a little bit of fiddling if you used unusual shaped buttons like I did. Also, note that the smaller the buttons the better they will stick to the curve of the balloon – if you use buttons that are too big they will only stick in the middle of the button.image
  5. Once all of your buttons are attached and the glue layer has dried cover the buttons in a couple more layers of glue, letting each one dry before applying another. The first layer over the top I applied quite liberally to make sure I got glue into all the cracks inbetween the buttons so that they were well stuck to each other, the second layer didnt need to be so thick.image
  6. When the bowl is fully dry you can pop the balloon!
  7. Peel off the remaining bits of the balloon from inside then trim the edges of the bowl where there are any excess bits of glue sticking out from the buttons – this just gives it a nice clean finish
  8. Finally I put my bowl on the side with something heavy sat in the bottom of the bowl just to entice it to flatten in the bottom

So, it takes a little time as you have to keep waiting for glue layers to dry, but that’s it! So it does work! The bowl is a bit bendy at the edges still, however it will hold things perfectly well and I think looks pretty cool! Just remember that it isn’t waterproof!! Also, you probably shouldnt keep food in it…

I’m not sure what I am going to do with mine now, but I do think it’s fun! It would be great to make in pinks or purples for a tween to keep things in I think!

What do you think? Do you like the Button Bowl? Do you think you would use it?image


Lucy x


3 Little Buttons


Cuddle Fairy


  1. Kerry Habashi June 22, 2016 / 12:59 pm

    This is AMAZING! Never mind for the kids, I want this for myself! Haha. x

  2. An imperfect mum (Catie) June 22, 2016 / 1:19 pm

    This looks brilliant! Such a simply yet effective idea and I love the coloured buttons you’ve used so bright. I wonder what else this would work with?

    • MyLittleYarnBaby June 25, 2016 / 9:18 am

      I’ve seen some on Pinterest done with Glitter!!

  3. Random Musings June 22, 2016 / 2:16 pm

    This is so cute! I have loads of spare buttons hanging around, I always wondered why I had kept hold of them. Now I know!
    Thanks for linking up to #BloggerClubUK 🙂

  4. Kim (sisterkin) June 22, 2016 / 2:18 pm

    Need to make this! I am also a button hoarder. I might do it with the kids …or wait and enjoy a bit of quiet crafting by myself. #BloggerClubUK

  5. Charlotte June 22, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    These are so cute I have been planning on making and sharing one of these for this weekend, they are very cute

    • MyLittleYarnBaby June 25, 2016 / 9:20 am

      Good luck with it, would love to see how it looks 🙂

  6. Edward June 23, 2016 / 6:19 pm

    Hi Lucy this bowl looks so cute. I love crafting things. How do you accumulate so many different buttons?#dreamteam

    • MyLittleYarnBaby June 25, 2016 / 9:22 am

      Thanks! I make baby clothes, so I often get buttons for cardies and things and accumulate spares that way, and through extras on clothes I have bought and sometimes i see buttons that i love and havent a project in mind but just have to have them! Hoarder!

  7. Annette, 3 Little Buttons June 28, 2016 / 2:17 pm

    I love it! That is such a cool idea *hunts for buttons and wonders where can buy this magic glue*. I really want to give this a go with Little Button. These would also make really cute gifts if you were packaging homemade treats. Thank you for linking up such a fun activity. #DreamTeam

  8. Deborah Waterson July 6, 2016 / 7:49 pm

    That looks fab! I can imagine it was relaxing to make too 🙂 If you used a long balloon and teeny buttons, could maybe make pen holders and things too 🙂

  9. Lucie July 14, 2016 / 2:18 pm

    I have just started one. So far I have done 2 costs of glue but it seems really flimsy. I expected it to feel more robust but the balloon underneath is just as squashy as it was, so not convinced it won’t just turn into a floppy button collection if I continue. I used Aleene’s tacky glue

    • MyLittleYarnBaby July 24, 2016 / 4:58 pm

      Sorry to not reply sooner, did you carry on? When I did it it was still a bit squidgy before I added the last 2 coats on top of the buttons. Hope it worked!

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