D.I.Y. Bowls

By staff writer Sofia Coffin

Bowls are useful for organizing, and the right bowl can immediately spruce up a room. The perfect bowl can range from $400,000 (in the case of one antique bowl currently listed on eBay) to 89 cents at the local dollar store. Here are some helpful tips to make your own glittery bowls, flower bowls, and even delicious chocolate bowls!

The Glitter Bowl

This glittery project can use confetti, tissue paper, and even money.

You will need:

  • Modge Podge
  • A balloon
  • Glitter (or an item of your choice)
  • Scissors (or anything pointy)
  • A paint brush
  • Patience

Instructions:

First, blow up a balloon until the bottom half is as large as you want your bowl to be. Next, use a paint brush to coat the bottom half of the balloon with Modge Podge. Pour glitter into a large bowl (this part can get messy, so we recommend you do this outside). Then, roll the balloon in the bowl until the Modge Podge is fully coated in glitter. Wait four hours before adding another layer of Modge Podge and glitter. Repeat this step until it reaches desired thickness–the more layers you add, the stronger the bowl will be. Finally, pop the balloon and pull it out. Ta-da!

Milk and white chocolate bowls. Photo by Nola Weston.

The Chocolate Bowl

You will need:

  • Baking chocolate or chocolate candy melts
  • A balloon
  • Scissors
  • A paint brush
  • Adult supervision
  • A microwave safe bowl

Instructions:

Blow up a balloon. For this one, a small bowl can be just as appealing, if not more appealing than a big bowl. Put baking chocolate into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until thoroughly melted, stirring every 30 seconds. Use a paint brush or spoon to paint the chocolate onto the balloon. As with the glittery bowl, the more layers, the stronger the bowl will be. Wait two to four hours and pop the balloon. Delicious!

The Nature Bowl

A flower bowl. Photo by Nola Weston.

You will need:

  • Artificial flowers or leaves, stems removed
  • A balloon
  • A paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Modge Podge

Instructions:

Blow up a balloon to any size. Use a paint brush to coat the bottom half of the balloon with Modge Podge. Place the flowers onto the balloon and coat with Modge Podge. Make sure to do multiple layers so your bowl doesn’t break. Let dry for four hours. Finally, pop the balloon and enjoy this lovely container!

 

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