Buttons! I first fell in love with buttons when I was planning our wedding. Flowers really aren’t our thing – yes, they are beautiful, but they die very quickly. I was browsing though the Real Simple Wedding magazine back in 2010 and a button boutonniere caught my eye. Upon visiting the Etsy shop who made the delightful ornament, I realize that we would have button bouquets and boutonnieres.
Our wedding colours were purple, black, white, and grey/silver. Thus…I had to buy a lot of buttons! The result, being left with a lot of extra buttons…and here we have, button art!
What You Need
- glue gun with glue
- printer (or the ability to draw)
- paper and a frame or a canvas
What I did first was pick a shape. We have a Moose on our wall – it’s all white taxidermy (not real) so I’m inspired by the wilderness around us in Northern Alberta. I decided to do the profile of an elk – I searched the internet for a profile picture, blew it up to 450% and printed it off. Then I traced the outline onto a blank piece of paper.
Next, place all of your buttons. I suggest laying them all out before you start gluing – once it’s all laid out you can see if you like it or move things around.
Done the layout! As you can see – the blue trace lines are visible…so we don’t glue onto that paper.
Take another piece of paper, or your original template and trace over it with a very dark marker. Put a blank piece of paper on top (this will be the paper you glue to). You can see though the white paper a bit, so the outline is noticeable. Follow it. Transfer one button at a time from the practice layout to the good copy. Glue as you go. Be careful not to bump your project!
The glued copy is DONE!
Now, time to get the frame ready!
Clean the frame. The easiest way to clean a frame is to clean it over a white piece of paper, that way you can see all the imperfections.
Ta-Da!! Button art!
You can make it any size and any shape. Even create a saying in your favourite font.
Have fun and happy buttoning!!
PS – did you notice my elk has a blue heart. See you tomorrow!