Have you ever been sent home from work due to a power outage? Remember how excited and giddy you were? Now imagine your studio/office is at your home in a dark basement. Yeah, think about that paradox for a minute.
One day last week I was out of power for 12 hours (of course it was Monday)! So no sewing for me, but I did get some much needed organizing completed and something else semi-productive:
I made a button bowl.
I have been gifted countless boxes, baggies, and jars full of buttons. You know those tiny ziploc baggies holding replacement buttons that come attached to new clothing? You would not believe how many people keep ALL of those. Every. Single. Baggie. And they end up giving them to me because I'm a seamstress and seamstresses need buttons, right? That's what I thought, so I accepted them and was very appreciative. I soon realized that you can have a million buttons, but none of them will ever be the color or size you're looking for.
...unless you're wanting to make a button bowl; then those millions of buttons are perfect!
Do you want to make your own button bowl? Here's what you need:
-1 balloon (blown up to the size of bowl you want).
-1 bowl (to stand the balloon up in while you're working).
-Glue. And lots of it. I used Mod Podge Hardcoat.
-Many, many buttons (the total number depends on the size of bowl you want).
Place the balloon on the bowl with the tied end down and start painting on a coat of glue. Think about the size of bowl you want and paint the coat of glue accordingly. Once that's dry, glue buttons on top of the dried glue as close together as possible. Cover with 2-3 more coats of glue, letting it dry between coats. Deflate the balloon and voilà! (I know these are very simplistic directions. I was working in poor lighting conditions and never captured photos of the process. If you have questions, please ask and I will do my best to help.)
Note: There have been many button bowlers that have come before me and released video and picture tutorials online. Those may be of more help if you're serious about doing it yourself.
I'm using my button bowl to hold my Shop Small Giveaways,
but it would work great for jewelry, keys, change, etc.
Also - a hat. These button bowls make for very silly hats. :)
Check out my other fun DIY projects.