Introduction: Leaf Bowl

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This is a DIY craft for at home decoration.

To create your own decorative DIY leaf bowl all you will need is:

  • 1 balloon
  • Your choice of leaves
  • A bowl to hold your balloon in place
  • Paint brush or foam brush
  • Mod Podge (matte finish)
  • Scissors

Step 1: Cut the Stems of Your Leaves

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The first thing that you need to do is cut the stems off your leaves. Using scissors cut to the edge of the leaves and throw the stems away.

Step 2: Blow Up Your Balloon

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Next step is to blow your balloon to the size you would like your bowl. We will be using the top of the balloon(opposite side of the tab). Tie your balloon and place it firmly into your bowl to hold the balloon steady.

Step 3: Start Glueing

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First you must brush a layer of Mod Podge onto a the balloon in the place you are starting. I recommend starting at the top and working your way down. Take one leaf and brush the mod podge onto both sides of the leaf. Place the leave on your balloon.

Step 4: Continue Layering the Leaves

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Continue to layer the leaves as you work your way down the balloon. Place multiple leaves at the very top of the balloon to firm the bottom of your bowl and create balance for when your bowl is finished. Continue to build your bowl down to your desired depth of the bowl.

Step 5: Let Dry

When your finished layering your leaves set aside to dry. Let dry until it is completely hardened.

Step 6: Deflate the Balloon

After your bowl is completely dry it is time to deflate your balloon. Cut a small hole in the tab of the balloon and slowly release the air out. Do not be alarmed if your bowl shrinks during the deflation, it will return to size. The balloon should pull right off the bowl.

Step 7: Enjoy Your Finished Bowl

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Your bowl is now finished enjoy it in your home.

Step 8: Note

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You can use many different types of leaves for all your seasons.


TonyaC5 (author)2016-01-04

do u think you could use other glue instead of this one

Chukkabutty (author)2015-10-15

How do you ensure the balloon comes out completely? As it is glued is it difficult to peel off the inside or do you coat it with something first like WD50?

tavance (author)2015-07-18

These are beautiful! I think it would be neat to use a fruit bowl.

CraftS1 (author)2015-05-20

I used to do this with newspapers and make it into a paper latern

Ealbinson5 (author)CraftS12015-05-21

I've done that too! There are so many different materials you can do this with.

adamwatters (author)2015-05-15

way cool! +1 on the autumn leaves

Ealbinson5 (author)adamwatters2015-05-18

Thank you!

NadjasDiversDiversions (author)2015-05-15

They look great. About how many leaves did you use for one bowl? I love the one with the autumn leaves.

Thanks! To answer your question, it all depends on the size of the leaves you chose to use and
also how deep you make the bowl. Its really up to you. Also it depends on how
much you chose to layer the leaves.

rc jedi (author)2015-05-15

good idea!

Ealbinson5 (author)rc jedi2015-05-18

Thank you!

CJA3D (author)2015-05-16

Awesome !! This has come out real nice, I use make some thing similar with my Granny when I was little..thanks for jogging my memory.

Ealbinson5 (author)CJA3D2015-05-18

I'm glad you enjoyed my project!

botdfmiw (author)2015-05-15

This is awesome! You could probably add in a few small flowers if you take the hard plastic off it

Ealbinson5 (author)botdfmiw2015-05-18

Thank you! I am sure you could use any kind of material
as long as it can bend to the balloon.

Goldberry88 (author)2015-05-16

Awesome! Though don't the leaves turn brown and brittle after a while? And how strong is the bowl, can you put something in it, or does it break at first touch?

Ealbinson5 (author)Goldberry882015-05-18

Thank you for the feedback. To answer your question they aren't real leaves. I chose to use fake
ones for the same reason of not knowing whether they would brown and become
fragile. The bowl is flimsy but strong. You can put things in it and it will
sit straight and maintain its form.

owlart101 (author)Goldberry882015-05-17

The leaves are fake.

Goldberry88 (author)owlart1012015-05-17

Ah, that explains =)

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