What can you do with some old buttons and some old fashioned creativity, apparently quite a lot!
I got this idea the other day that I wanted to make a nice art piece out of some buttons I had purchased about a year ago. I was at a yard sale and they had lots of old buttons, separated by color in jars for next to nothing, so I bought them, obviously having no clue what I'd do with them.
But recently while scoping out Pinterest I saw some art made with buttons and thought now that would be neat! So I picked up a frame at Walmart the other day and decided I'd try my hand at making the initial of my last name.
I started with a cheap, $4 frame from Walmart, and took the glass out. I grabbed one of those many doilies I have laying around and some MOD PODGE and secured it to the glass with the Mod Podge glue. I simply took a paintbrush, brushed it on, then I flipped it over and laid it in place. I did have to use a little bit of hot glue to secure a couple of the edges, but for the most part, it held to the glass well.
After I secured the doily I got busy tracing the letter of my last name lightly onto it with a light blue Sharpie marker. I'm not sure if I'd do it this way again, but it worked out okay in the end. I gathered my buttons (I chose greens and blues) and began to line the edge with buttons, and filled in as I went. As this is an art, not a science, there wasn't any exact way to do it. I just tried to do what I thought looked good.
I simply worked my way around the R shape I had drawn out and hot glued the buttons onto the doily. I can't say enough how having a CORDLESS GLUE GUN helps in this process. Overall though it went fairly fast. My daughter helped me sort and find buttons to use, and I put it together. Pretty quickly it was looking like an actual R and not just a mess of buttons. I layered some of them as you can tell to give it some dimension, and when I was happy with how it looked I decided to antique the frame to match the colors in the letter. I used white paint from Walmart and a beautiful Sea Green from Walmart as well. I lightly dry brushed the frame with white and then dried it. Finally, I dry brushed very lightly over the white with the green color and it turned out amazing! I dried it for the ability to finish it faster. If you don't have one of these PAINT DRYERS, you can use a hair blow dryer as they work too.
Finally, I simply put the covered glass back into the frame and secured it. The final product was stunning, to say the least. I don't think the pictures do it justice! I'm so happy with it and it's already displayed in my dining room.
I hope this upcycled craft inspired you to make something beautiful for your own home. Leave me a comment and tell me what you made! I know there is so much you can do, even with old buttons, if you have a creative heart. <3
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Hi I'm Jen, and I'm so glad you're here. I have a passion for Jesus, my family, and connecting with a more simple way of life. I love to write, and enjoy many creative avenues. I look forward to sharing so much with y'all so come back often!
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