Thursday, September 27, 2012

Button Art

Yesterday I shared how I made the washer art for my mantel. 
Today I am going to share how I made button art. It is the same principle but with layering. 

I stuck with my gray, black and white theme. 
This wasn't something I really planned it just kind of happened.

My inspiration came from the Etsy shop Letter Perfect Designs. The artist sewed her buttons to a fabric backing, but I decided to use glue instead.

Picture Frame - I used 8x10
Scrapbook paper - Cut to size
Buttons of varying sizes and styles - I picked up a pack at Wal-Mart. The package says $1.99 on it, plus I used extras from my sewing kit.
Glue Stick- I used Elemer's Disappearing Purple Glue Stick
Glue - I used Loctite Super Glue
Wooden Skewer  

1. Remove the glass and backing from the frame.
2. Cut your scrapbook paper the same size as the back to the frame. If your paper has a pattern, make sure you cut it so it will be going in the direction you want.
3. Glue the paper on to the frame back using the glue stick. It is important to do this step otherwise the weight of the buttons will cause the scrapbook paper to bend out.
4. While the glue is drying, start laying your buttons out on a table in different arrangements until you find one you like.
5. Once the glue is dry, use the wooden skewer to apply a thin layer of super glue to your buttons. Depending on your glue's drying time, you may only want to do 1-3 at a time before adhering them to the paper.
6. Once the super glue has dried, you can glue more buttons on top of the other buttons you already applied to the paper. This will fill in any gaps, and create the look you want. 
7. Allow your button art to remain flat overnight to ensure that the glue has dried and none of your buttons move.
8. Place the button art in your frame, and stand back and enjoy your work!

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