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Showing posts with label decoupage. Show all posts

Craft Fail: Button Bowl

Everyone's seen this craft DIY showing how to make a button bowl. But is it really possible?If you're into crafting, I'm sure you've seen this project on Pinterest, "The Button Bowl."

Not to brag, but I consider myself to be an expert crafter, so when I saw this one I was pretty confident that I could pull it off.

And look at that bowl. Not bad, eh?

Well, my friends, let me tell you that even the most experienced crafters have a failed project from time to time. This is mine.

I started my project with high hopes. It actually seemed like it would be pretty easy compared to the shredded paper bowl I made last year.

The process is simple enough.

Blow up a balloon. Cover it with a bit of Mod Podge. Stick on some buttons.
Stick on more buttons. Add more Mod Podge. Let it dry...

Add a few more coats of Mod Podge. Let it dry...
Pop the balloon. Boom!
Just trim off the excess Mod Podge and voila! Looks great.

It was getting late, so I decided I would take pictures of my finished bowl the next day and then I could write up the tutorial.

When I walked into my studio the next morning, my heart sank. Instead of a perfectly formed button bowl, I found a flat clump of buttons on the table. The bowl had collapsed in on itself. I was so disappointed I couldn't even take a picture.

But, I'm not one to give up. Since I couldn't blow up another balloon to the exact same size, I rummaged through the kitchen until I found a similarly sized serving bowl. I turned the bowl upside down, placed a few strips of parchment paper over it and draped my soft, button-y mess over the bowl.

Clearly I had just been a little to excited about removing the button bowl from the balloon. If I let it sit for a few more days, the bowl will surely harden.

Days turned into weeks and weeks turned into months.

After four long months of "drying" I discovered that my bowl was still so soft that it could be folded into a taco
or even rolled into a burrito.
Here's the time-lapse (about a minute) of what happened when I set the bowl down.

I can make a shredded paper bowl, so why not try a button bowl?
Yes, I made a button bowl, sort of, but I am still declaring this a craft fail since my bowl does not stay "bowl shaped" for more than a few seconds.

Everyone's seen this craft DIY showing how to make a button bowl. But is it really possible?

Have you had success making a button bowl? I'd love your advice on this project.

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6 Stages of Crafting

While I was working on my chair re-upholstery project, I began thinking about the process I go through during every project that I work on. Big or small, it's always the same. If you are a crafter or love a crafter, my theory may help you understand and work through this crazy routine. Let me explain.

You may be familiar with the Five Stages of Problem Solving.

  1. Defining the problem
  2. Producing ideas
  3. Testing ideas
  4. Choosing an idea
  5. Planning for action

And you have probably heard of the Seven Stages of Grief.

  1. Shock and Denial
  2. Pain and Guilt
  3. Anger and Bargaining
  4. Depression, Reflection and Loneliness
  5. Upward Turn
  6. Reconstruction and Working Through
  7. Acceptance and Hope

My theory is that somewhere between these two philosophies lie the Six Stages of Crafting.

1. Inspiration and Enthusiasm

It occurs when you least expect it. You may see a picture in a magazine, an item in a store or maybe you run across an idea on the internet (like when you are still scrolling through Pinterest at 2 a.m.). All of a sudden, you have the spark that pushes you to create your next masterpiece and you can't wait to get started.

2. Organization and Procurement

You know what you want to make. Now you need to figure out exactly how you are going to do it. You skim through a tutorial, realize you don't have any of the necessary supplies, head to the store and buy everything you think you will need (and then some.)

3. Initiation

You have the tools and supplies and are about to begin. You get out the glue and scissors and start crafting...

Then life happens!

The kids need a ride to soccer practice. The dog has an appointment at the groomers. Eight loads of laundry, including soccer uniforms, are piled across the living room floor. Something is burning on the stove. Your husband is running late. By the way, you are out of milk, eggs, bread, peanut butter, cereal and bananas.

4. Frustration and Anxiety

The kids are at their friend's house. The dog has been fed. Your husband is watching the big game. Now, you finally have time to work on your project. You are just getting started when you realize one of the following things:

  • You forgot to get one critical material or tool
  • You did not buy enough (choose one or more) fabric, yarn, paint, glue, glitter...
  • Somehow, you measured once and cut twice instead of the other way around
  • The directions said "Easy," but unless you are Martha friggin' Stewart there's no way

At this point you may regress and repeat Stages 2, 3 and 4, or toss the project into a dark corner for days, weeks, months, years, even decades. Either way, these things take time.

5. Reflection and Determination

You are back on Pinterest (at 2 a.m.) where you are reminded of your project, lurking in the shadows, as you peruse the 237 pins on your "Projects to Try" board. You also notice your "My Finished Projects" board. Really, 0 pins?

That settles it. Who does that Martha Stewart think she is anyway?

You retrieve your project from its hiding place with a new sense of purpose and continue where you left off. This time things are going to be different.

6. Completion

After countless hours, trips to the craft store and anxiety attacks, it's done. Did it turn out like the Pinterest photo? Maybe not, but that's okay. You created it with your own two hands, passion and a little bit of luck. You breathe a sigh of relief.

You get distracted while you are pinning a picture onto "My Finished Projects" when you see another exciting creation on "Projects to Try."

And why do we subject ourselves to these 6 Stages of Crafting, over and over again?

Because crafting is relaxing and fun, of course!

Happy crafting.

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Decoupage Key Hooks

The reality in our home right now is that in less than two months we will have a third licensed driver in the house and a third car in the driveway. Aagh... I know it's going to be okay, but I am having a difficult time with this transition. It seems like yesterday when my baby was still, well, a baby.

I decided that I would try to embrace this change with a project. More cars means more keys, so I am going to try to be organized with some key hooks. We have an area in our kitchen where phones, bills, checkbooks and what not all collect, so it seemed that would be a perfect place for the keys, too.


  • 4 wood plaques
  • white paint (acrylic or latex)
  • 1 or 2 paint brushes
  • 1 piece of scrapbook paper
  • paper cutter, paper punches or die cut machine
  • Mod Podge
  • decoupage gloss sealer (optional)
  • drill
  • 4 cup hooks
  • 4 small sawtooth hangers
  • hammer
  • needle nosed pliers (optional)
  • poster tack (optional)
  • 4 small nails


Begin with your four plaques. You can get these at your local craft or hobby store. I chose square ones, but they come in a variety of shapes.

Paint each plaque. Let the paint dry. If you need to, apply a second coat of paint.

Cut out the paper shapes you would like to apply on your plaques. I used my Silhouette Cameo Starter Kit Bundle Cutter but you can use another type of die cut machine or even shape punches or scissors.

If you use a Silhouette, these shapes are from a set is called "basic icons 2" and you can purchase it on the Silhouette America web site.

Now it's time to decoupage.

Place one of your die cuts on a painted plaque and position it the way you like. Use a paintbrush to apply a generous coat of Mod Podge over the top of your paper shape.

If you are unfamiliar with Mod Podge, it's like a really liquidy glue that dries clear. It will soak into your paper and adhere it to the wooden surface.

Use the Mod Podge to attach your die cuts to each plaque. Let the Mod Podge dry.

I like to spray on a coat of decoupage glass sealer to make my projects more durable, but it's your preference. Let the sealer dry.

Mark where you will be placing the hooks on each plaque. I chose to put mine in the center.

Drill holes where the hooks will be inserted. You don't have to drill all the way through the wood, just enough to get the hooks started.

Don't screw in the hooks quite yet.

On the back of each plaque you will need to attach the sawtooth hangers. Make sure they are positioned in the same location on each plaque.

Protect your fingers. You may want to use a needle nosed pliers to hold the tiny nails while you hammer.

Once the hangers are on, turn the plaques over and attach the cup hooks.

Your key hooks are ready to hang on the wall.

Since the keys will be placed on the hooks and taken off again, I stuck a little ball of poster tack on the back of each plaque so it wouldn't be jostled around.

Finally, add your keys for some pretty and practical home organization.

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