Make a Fun Zipper Fruit Bowl

Put utilitarian zippers to a new, creative use by gluing them around wooden forms such as a bowl and fruit.

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Create a unique centerpiece with this inventive zipper mosaic technique from designer Karen Davidson from Minot, N.D.

Materials Needed:

  • wood grapes on a wood vine
  • 1/8" wooden dowel
  • power drill
  • 1/8" drill bit
  • white glue
  • 26 metal 20" zippers (assorted green colors)
  • scissors
  • screw starter
  • paper leaves
  • 2 painted stem wires, 20-gauge, green
  • wire cutter
  • 6-1/2" x 2" wood bowl
  • 24 metal 20" white zippers
  • 2 metal 20" orange zippers
  • 1 metal 20" yellow zipper
  • 3 metal 20" navy blue zippers
  • 5 metal 15" jacket zippers (black with silver teeth)

Green Zipper Grapes

Steps:

1. Remove the wood grapes by pulling them from the wood vine. Do not remove the top grape. Twist the dowel to remove the grapes. Twisting may cause the dowel to break. If so, cut another dowel the size of the broken dowel with scissors and drill a hole in the grape to reinsert the new dowel with white glue.

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2. Cut the cloth material from each green zipper as close to the edge as possible (Image 1). Pull away extra threads. Cut off and remove the zipper pull. Pull apart the zipper.

3. Cut the bottom end off the zipper forming two zipper pieces (Image 2). Repeat this step for each green zipper.

4. Apply white glue on the grape. Place the green zipper on the grape and start turning the teeth onto the grape with the colored teeth side up. Add more glue and repeat this process until the whole grape is covered with zippers. Use more than one zipper for each grape. Cut off the extra zipper teeth with scissors and press it down to secure the teeth.

5. Repeat this process for all the grapes including the top grape secured on the vine. Set aside to dry.

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6. Add grapes back onto the wood vine by squeezing white glue in the holes and securing the dowels (with grapes attached) to the vine. Repeat this process until all grapes are attached.

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7. Glue a paper leaf to wire and insert the wire into the last hole on the vine. Repeat this procedure for the second leaf. Let dry.

8. Insert the wire into the remaining hole. Twist the wire to a desired shape by twisting the wire around a dowel. Cut off the end.

9. Repeat this process for the second leaf. The grapes are finished.

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Zipped Bowl

Steps:

1. Cut away the cloth from all remaining zippers. Cut and remove the metal jacket pulls and the zipper ends except one. Leave one metal jacket pull on a jacket zipper after removing the cloth and extra threads. Set this zipper aside.

2. Add white glue to the rim of the wooden bowl. Place a white zipper to glued rim with teeth facing the outside of the bowl. Cut off the end when the zipper gets around the bowl. Press the end down. Let dry.

3. Add white glue next to the zipper teeth facing inside the bowl. Place white zipper teeth next to the rim zipper with the trimmed sides face-to-face. Add the zipper all around the bowl and cut off the end. Add two more rows of zippers for a total of four rows.

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4. Starting 1-1/4" down the inside of the bowl add a circle of glue. Coil an orange zipper in the same fashion as covering a grape, making a round circle. Add more glue outside the orange circle and place a yellow zipper next to the orange zipper.

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5. Halfway unzip the jacket zipper with the zipper pull that was set aside. Place the zipped part on top of the circle with open teeth facing left and closed teeth facing right. Glue the teeth to the wooden bowl making a curved design on both open teeth. Cut off the extra zipper teeth on each end of the zipper once they meet the top rim of the bowl.

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6. Add glue around the outside yellow edge of the circle, gluing on top of the open jacket zipper to form a circle. Place the orange zipper teeth next to the yellow teeth and go around the circle until you meet the four rows of white zippers. Firmly press the orange teeth next to the jacket teeth to secure the open zipper. Let dry.

7. Create two more curved lines from the orange and yellow circle about 1" apart from each other. Cut off the end of the zipper once it meets the top rim of the bowl. You should now have four curved lines and one straight line coming out from the circle and ended at the bowl's rim. Let dry.

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8. Glue navy blue teeth and jacket teeth to each side of the straight zipper — and inside the curving zipper. Cut off the extra teeth (Image 1).

9. Fill in the bare spaces with white zipper teeth (Image 2).

10. On the outside of the bowl, glue six white rows of zipper teeth. Glue a row of jacket zipper teeth next to the last white row. Cut off the extra teeth and secure the ends by pressing the teeth to the wooden bowl. Repeat this process with one row of navy blue teeth and one more row of jacket teeth. Continue gluing rows of white teeth to the outside of the bowl until the bottom edge is covered. Leave the bottom of the bowl uncovered. Let dry.

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11. Place the fruit inside the zipper bowl.

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