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If you’ve got a few minutes to spare or are desperately needing a little bowl to store some craft or sewing supplies this hot glue bowl is a super cool, neat project!
Hot Glue Gun Bowl
After making these Cute Rope Bowls which were so handy dandy and since bowls seem to work so great for me as storage ideas, I decided to make something similar but using the glue gun I just purchased. So I made a hot glue bowl to use for my hair accessories (or for Ellie to play with as a crown; works just as well) and another one for some of my sewing notions.
We lead a pretty simple life and try to keep clutter at bay by purchasing just the things we absolutely need (except for the toys; apparently we need more toys every day!). But even with such a minimalist lifestyle, I find myself in need of storage space especially for my craft and sewing supplies and notions. And lately for some hair accessories I discovered I still own although I thought I’d lost them a long time ago. Turns out I’m not as organized as I like to think I am! (lol)
This glue bowl is a pretty simple and fairly easy project unless you are a rookie as me and can’t control your hands very well while handling the glue gun. Also my designing skills are pretty rudimentary. But all in all, I’m happy with the results, considering this was a first project using a glue gun.
These pretty little hot glue bowls are not only very handy (think about all those office supplies, craft supplies, sewing notions or even cosmetic pads you can store), but make great gifts!
Hot glue bowl
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue sticks (neutral or colored)
- Clean bowl
- Spray paint in color of choice (skip if using colored glue)
- Wax paper
- Start with a very clean bowl so wash and completely dry the bowl that will serve as the base of your hot glue bowl.
- Make sure you work with a very hot glue so make a little test just before starting to build your bowl by squirting a dollop of glue on a piece of wax paper.
- Start making circles all around your base bowl.
- Then connect those circles with diagonal hot glue lines
- Make a little design of your choice. I decided to go simple for this project since it was my first so I just made some scallops around the rim of my hot glue bowl.
- Allow the glue to completely dry. Test it with your fingers once you see it going white.
- Using your nails, gently peel it off of your base bowl.
- Remove the tiny glue residues with your fingers or trim off using small, sharp scissors.
- Spray paint or leave as is. I preferred mine colored. You can skip this step if you used colored glue sticks.
I haven’t tried this, but I read years ago to get rid of the glue “wires”, use a hair blower to get rid of them. Hope this helps
Thanks so much for the tip, Marion!
I tried to make one of the bowl and it didn’t stay up like a bowl what sis I do wrong.it’s like rubber. Thanks kathy
Hi Kathy. I’m so sorry to hear you had troubles with this project. I’m not sure what the cause might be, maybe it was the quality of the hot glue sticks or maybe your gun hasn’t heated the sticks enough. Also how big is your bowl as the bigger the more wiggly it gets. Also bare in mind this owl is not designed for “heavy duty” stuff, it’s doing a pretty good job at storing sewing notions or a few light craft or office supplies. I’ve made this bowl for my sewing notions and it works wonderfully.
Wow, this is kind of amazing! I never thought of making something like that from hot glue. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing with DIY Crush! You can see it here: http://www.diy-crush.com/blog/make-hot-glue-bowl/
Yes, now I know what you mean.
They get everywhere, don’t they?
Love the bowl idea!
What are you talking about when you say, remove the glue wires?
Hi Brenda. Sorry for being confusing. Not sure how to call them exactly so I chose to call them wires, I’m probably wrong. You know how glue leaves some tiny thread like thingies behind when pulling the gun away from the spot you’re working on? This happens when you’re not very familiar with using a glue gun, as myself. If you look at my photos, you’ll notice little glue threads in between the main lines, like in these photos https://theseamanmom.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/IMG_4140.jpg https://theseamanmom.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/IMG_4141.jpg
I love this! Going to Pin and make as gifts. Visiting from Blitsy.com
Aww, thank you so much!