Introduction: Playing Card Bowl

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Using an incomplete deck of cards and some glue I made a bowl capable of holding several pounds. Here is how it is made.

Step 1: Gathering Materials

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Alright so here are the only things I used.

1. Playing Cards
2. Hot Glue Gun
3. Extra Glue Sticks
4. Cardboard to keep glue off the carpet

Step 2: Making the Base

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Lay down one card either face up or face down (mine is face up so you can see the differen't cards.

Put down four cards at the corners of the first card, glue using only a VERY small amount of glue, this allows the cards to move enough to shape the bowl.

Step 3: Shaping the Bottom.

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If you want, add on another card in the middle of the base so the entire inside of the bowl is red (or whatever color your cards are)

Using a small amount of glue add four more cards to the base (refer to the second picture for placement.

By pulling two of the cards that you just placed together, you can start to make a curve in the bottom of the bowl, when you find a shape you like, glue it down. Be sure to hold it for a few seconds for the glue to cool down.

Step 4: Building Up the Sides.

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Place four more cards at the edges of the bowl, glue them in place.

Then add two more cards to each of the four cards that were just put on. (see picture)

Finally Do the same as you did in the last step and finish the curve of your bowl still using a small amount of glue.

Step 5: Finishing

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For my bowl I used Elmer's glue to coat the inside, it dried clear and helped waterproof it at least a little bit.

I hope you liked my instructable, it was the product of extreme boredom.


daniphantom made it! (author)2014-12-25

I tried it with my invisible and waterproof cards. Really cool instructable!

cad97 (author)2010-09-12

Well, after using 50 or so cards, burning 2 fingers, and 2 hours of my life were used, i made an OK bowl out of old pokemon cards :D

reedz (author)cad972010-09-12

Could you post pictures if you get the chance? I didn't even think of Pokemon cards.

cad97 (author)reedz2010-09-12

Sure, i'll get on it in the next day or so, i have shool tomorrow so i'll try to post it asap.

cad97 (author)cad972010-09-14

Well, im having issues with the uploader, but they are on my profile, i dont think it was to bad for a sick 13 year old at 2AM. (Sorry about the picture quality, i took them with my web cam.)

yo homie GEEE (author)2010-09-07

oh wow that is a great way to sdave memories! i hope that if i put a little bit runny thing in it it wil be okay! CAREFUL

dfmatson (author)2009-12-11

I gave this a try, but I used a type of card that I own more than 52 of.  I have trouble tossing my childhood memories in the trash, so this is a great way to reuse these cards.

reedz (author)dfmatson2009-12-11

This is gorgeous, I love how it almost looks like a wooden bowl. My next project on this is to paper mache one that is thicker and cover it with a sealant of some sort, maybe even a clear resin to be able to eat out of it.

bladeyarn (author)2009-07-28

I have no idea how to do this, it's not working for me... :(

reedz (author)bladeyarn2009-08-01

just keep playing with it, the best way to think of it is to weave the cards together so they all rely on each other for support. When you glue it, it is primarily to keep them together.

Custom Playing Cards (author)2009-06-16

That's pretty sick I'm gonna have to try that out !

At this point, so far down the line from when I first made this, I would suggest using a jar lid or something else underneath it to give a more stable base. But your cards would be quite interesting.

Naanac7 (author)2009-06-15

I just made one! Its pretty cool but i trimmed it around the circle bit so it was more neat and tidy. The only bad thing was that it was unstable and the pattern of my cards were ugly. I have like 5 packs of cards (lots of random cards missing and all these 5 packs are mixed together) lying around so why not make one lol. Thanks

reedz (author)Naanac72009-06-16

If you get the opportunity I would love to see a picture. Mine is just now starting to fall apart, I believe I will redo it with a paper-mache sort of paste.

bullet-head (author)2008-12-16


admagic (author)2008-09-18

Cool You could make a custom bowl by ordering a single deck from

Sunbanks (author)2008-07-24

I have a deck of purple playing cards that would look awesome if I did this with them! I never use them anyway and I think the deck is missing a few cards because I used them for random projects...

reedz (author)Sunbanks2008-07-25

That's great! Post some pictures when you are finished

Dim-1 (author)2008-03-25

You are way too cool! This is absolutely perfect for a deck that has missing cards. I I ever play poker, and then play poker enough to throw a poker party, I have decided I will use these bowls to put pretzels in ! I don't play poker, but if I did you can imagine how envious my friends would be. Then, sometime I will contemplate if it is wrong to desire envy.

reedz (author)Dim-12008-03-25

Wow *blushes* if you play other card games like go fish or uno then you could still make the bowls. How awesome would that be?! UNO BOWLS! I don't think it is wrong to desire envy, and deffinately not wrong to use my ideas to get the envy...but I claim the finder's fee.

fireandshadows (author)2008-03-01

gasp!!! you called a sharpie junk!!! i cant believe it. you should be ashamed of yourself.

reedz (author)fireandshadows2008-03-01

Sorry about that, it's fixed now.

fireandshadows (author)reedz2008-03-25

thank you. now i fell all warm and fuzzy inside.

a55f3d (author)2008-03-18

thanks I did it and it worked great.

reedz (author)a55f3d2008-03-18

Awesome, if you get the time, you should upload a picture of it...I did this one on my first try and wasn't too sure how it would look

reedz (author)2008-03-08

Alright, look at step three. The four new cards should already be glued in the middle to the base. To make the curve, pull two of the newest cards together, this should pull up one of the bottom ones and it will resist you. Pull a little more and you should see everything start to bow. Glue that down and hold it in that position until it cools off. I hope that helps!

sideways (author)2008-03-01

What a great idea. I have some old tarot cards that would be great for this.

reedz (author)sideways2008-03-01

Interesting, I've never used tarot cards but I assume they are about the same size?

sideways (author)reedz2008-03-03

A typicall Rider-Waite deck is a little bit larger, but about the same width x height ratio. But many others come in all different shapes and sizes, even round. There's no "official" size however.

Mr. Halloween (author)2008-03-01

Think if you used Vintage or Antique card and made those bowls and put clear coat on them>>>$$$$$$$

reedz (author)Mr. Halloween2008-03-01

That would be pretty cool, if you took more time on it (I only took maybe 15 minutes) you could make a much more high quality bowl.

GorillazMiko (author)2008-02-29

That's pretty awesome. Doing with all different colors... that would be awesome. Better yet, design your own card with one of the Instructables on Instructables (forgot the exact name), and put on the Instructables Robot, that would be AWESOME. Nice job.

reedz (author)GorillazMiko2008-02-29

That would be really cool! When I decide what I am going to make next I'll consider doing that.

joejoerowley (author)2008-02-29

Nice! Great use for those partial decks of cards.

reedz (author)joejoerowley2008-02-29

Heh, yeah I have tons...I'm trying to come up with some other things to make.

joejoerowley (author)reedz2008-02-29

Cool! Look forward to seeing them.

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