February 10, 2012

Button love

I just love buttons! I'm pretty sure I've made that clear on here before, but just in case you're new and didn't know...I love them. I have quite a collection, that is now divided by color into at least 12 jars.  I saw this on pinterest and loved it instantly, button AND aqua?! Yes, please. 

For my first non-sewing button project I decided to go small.  Plus, I had these small canvases from years ago when I still lived in San Marcos and was decorating my own apartment. I've been seeing button art a lot on pinterest but never tried it till now. I thought a little valentines heart would be the perfect beginner project for me, plus I didn't have to buy anything.

I taped off the canvas with painters tape and painted the red lines.  I then removed the tape and groaned at how Messy the edges ended up. I used my super fancy chiseled sponge brush (.49 cents at Michael's) to fix this. The lines are a little wonky, but I'm saying it adds character. 

I then poured out all my Red buttons and started arranging them into a heart shape. Let me say now that whe it comes to crafting I can be a little tiny bit OCD. It took me forever to get the perfect shape and I kept bumping the canvas sending my perfection into disarray. It was a dramatic 10 minutes of me sitting home alone being very anal. 10 minutes equals forever right? Anyways. I didn't have the exact size red button I needed to keep my heart even so I thought a different color could be fun. To make it something I could hang all year and not too valentiney I decided on aqua instead of pink. Plus, I love aqua, duh. 

Once all laid out, I began gluing from the bottom up. Everything shifted slightly but I kept my cool and remembered crafting is fun, and not stressful......mostly. 

To finish everything off I painted a cursive "love" in aqua.  I of course forgot to erase all my pencil lines before I took these pics, but don't worry, they're erased now. 

I will be propping this up on our mantle through valentines day and the probably hanging it in our kitchen somewhere since it matches our color scheme in there. 

Anyone out there making fun things with buttons?


  1. I like the teal and red combo! I didn't make anything valentiny this year - no time :(

    1. I ended up with lots of valentine stuff this year but I think it's just because I piled everything red and pink together, which I had more than I thought. You should try this button craft, it's so fun!

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    1. Alyssa, do you remember these canvases? We were going to paint utensils or something and hang them in the kitchen :)