I’ve been wanting to make some beautiful button artwork for ages ever since seeing a seriously cool piece in a friends kitchen. This is such a great example of coveting high street house goods but hating the price-tag – it’s completely doable at home, the materials are really simple and easy to get hold off and the biggest challenge is just deciding what you want to make and not sticking yourself to your work. I will warn you now (although this is pretty obvious) the more complicated your design the longer and more testing the creation of it can be BUT it is completely worth it. ALSO try and gather a whole host of buttons that vary in colour, style and importantly, size – this will make it much easier to create clear shapes and images.
The steps are simple so give it a go and best of luck!!
You will need:
- Card for your backing
- A great frame
- Good craft glue
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Step One: Design
Lay out your buttons around the base card so you can see what you have to work with. Now decide what your design is going to be – I chose a bird so I googled bird silhouettes to help me get the shape right. You can draw a pencil outline to work with but then you’ll either have to rub it out before you stick, which means moving the buttons anyway, or sticking the buttons over your line which may distort the shape. I went freestyle which allowed much more flexibility.
Step Two: Glue
WOW this bit is so time consuming!! Make a cup of tea (or Gin – no judgement here) and very slowly working from one side of your image to the other painstakingly glue every single little button into it’s rightful place. SOME TIPS: Don’t work from outside to inside as there’s more chance you’ll distort the shape and reach a point where you have too much or too little space. Working across, or top to bottom means you can adjust as you go. Also try not to get glue on the rest of your card during this process so your final piece is neat and beautiful.
Step Three: Frame
Allow your glue to dry and then place into your frame and HEY PRESTO – You’re done!!
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